ACC Leadership Symposium


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 5-6 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. Each year, applications are available to undergraduate students at the end of Fall to attend the symposium in February of the following year.

2019 Symposium

The 2019 ACC Leadership Symposium will be hosted at NC State University on February 22nd – 24th with a focus on food insecurity.   Students have the opportunity to apply to be part of the NC State five student delegation who attends the symposium.  The application is currently open, and it will close October 30th at 9:00 am.   The delegate packet has detailed information.

The outcomes of the symposium are:

  • Reflect upon your personal leadership capacity
  • Reinforce your responsibility to engage in broader society
  • Increase self-efficacy in working with others
  • Articulate diverse perspectives and experiences around food insecurity
  • Learn about initiatives to respond to food insecurity
  • Recognize tools and strategies to apply knowledge gained on individual campuses and within their communities

Note: All expenses will be covered for students selected to serve on the NC State delegation.  Students will be expected to attend the Symposium in full, including staying two nights at the Stateview hotel.

What Students Gain?

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.


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 NC State community

Past ACC Symposium Themes

2018 – Duke University “Contentious Times: A Call for Courageous Leadership”

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”

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