The Brown Leadership Community

The Brown Leadership Community (BLC) is a two-year program for first and second year students (residential and commuter) that develops and integrates leadership, civic engagement, and critical thinking skills of young men and women by addressing the benefits, responsibilities, and opportunities for leadership and service. Social justice is the bedrock upon which the Brown Leadership Community is grounded as exemplified by Bellarmine University’s mission to “develop the intellectual, moral, ethical, and professional competencies for successful living, work, leadership, and service to others.” As community members progress through the classes and co-curricular activities, they develop an understanding of these challenges and opportunities, first at the Bellarmine community level, then within the Louisville community, and on to the world community.

Named in honor of the late James Graham Brown whose foundation funded the original Brown Scholars program on which the current program is based, the Brown Leadership Community embraces Mr. Brown’s vision to prepare and educate citizens for the future of the city of Louisville, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and the surrounding region.