ACC Leadership Symposium

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The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) has long supported the efforts of its member institutions in developing student leaders – through athletics and campus life. Through the support of the ACC, each year 5-7 undergraduate student leaders (accompanied by a faculty/staff advisor) from each ACC university gather at a host university for a 3-day leadership symposium to share both leadership strategies and knowledge regarding a specific social issue.

The symposium is designed to develop a community of ACC undergraduate students who understand the relationship between global and local issues and work collaboratively to create innovative initiatives that advance students’ capacity for global leadership. Student leaders will have the opportunity to learn through intensive engagement in educational sessions, keynote addresses, topical content exploration, simulations and experiential application.

Each year, applications are available to undergraduate students at the end of Fall to attend the symposium at the end of February of the following year.


Upcoming ACC Symposium

The 2018 ACC Leadership Symposium will be hosted at Duke University from Friday, Feb. 9 through Sunday, Feb. 11.  The 2018 NC State delegation was selected via application in Fall 2017.  When applications open, they will be available on this site.

Past ACC Symposium Themes 

2017 –  Wake Forest University “Wellbeing & Social Change: I Thrive, You Thrive, We Thrive”

2016 – Clemson University “Activism for Sustained Social Change”

2015 – Notre Dame “Inspiring Inclusion, Creating Community, Launching Leaders”

2014 – University of Miami “The Next Generation of Social Change”

Expectations for selected student delegates are:

  • Represent North Carolina State University  and uphold the policies, standards and values of our university
  • Attend mandatory training sessions prior to the symposium to prepare for the conference
  • Actively participate in the symposium and engage with other attendees
  • Implement and/or share what you learned from the symposium with the NCSU community

For more information about the ACC Leadership Symposium, please email safayard@ncsu.edu.