2016 ACC Student Leadership Colloquium cohort

2016 ACC Student Leadership Colloquium cohort
2016 ACC Student Leadership Colloquium cohort pictured left to right: Tanvee Badheka, Robbie Ashton, Brittney McFadden, Erika Nelson, Cody Lopez, and Marcellus Creighton

The Leadership Education Collaborative plays a role in the annual student leadership conference sponsored by the Inter-institutional Academic Collaborative (ACCIAC). This conference, funded by a portion of the revenue from the ACC football championship and hosted on a rotating basis within the ACC, emphasizes engaging students from all of the ACC institutions in the conversation of leadership development. Virginia Tech hosted this conference in 2009.

The ACC Student Leadership Colloquium (a three-day leadership conference) hosts delegations from each of the Atlantic Coast Conference colleges and universities. The 2016 conference theme was “Sustained Student Activism for Social Change” and the symposium was hosted February 26-28, 2016, at Clemson University. The 2016 symposium considered how activism accelerates and sustains social change movements. Participants in the symposium explored historical and current forms of student activism impacting college campuses and develop skills needed to sustain energy generated through activism to keep issues at the forefront and facilitate lasting social change.

Students who attend the colloquium work together in small groups to create a final project to be presented in front of the whole colloquium on the closing day. Past delegate group themes have included the exploration of race/ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, physical disability, socio/economic status, physical appearance, immigration status, gender, homelessness, gentrification, and education.

The 2017 ACC Student Leadership Colloquium will be hosted at Wake Forest University. The theme for the conference is “Wellbeing & Social Change: I Thrive, You Thrive, We Thrive”. A cohort of five students have been selected to travel to Wake Forest during February 24-26, 2017 to engage with other ACC student representatives and learn more about wellbeing and social change.  If you would like additional information, please contact the Leadership Education Collaborative at leadershipeducation@vt.edu

2017 Location:

“Wellbeing & Social Change: I Thrive, You Thrive, We Thrive”, Wake Forest Universit


Past Locations and Themes:
Activism for Sustained Social Change: 
2016—Clemson University

Inspiring Inclusion, Creating Community, Launch Leaders: 
2015—Notre Dame

2014—University of Miami

2013—Boston College

2012—UNC- Chapel Hill

2011—Georgia Tech

2010—Florida State University

2009—Virginia Tech


Proposed Future Locations:
2018—Duke University

2019—NC State University