2017 ACC Student Leadership Symposium cohort pictured left to right: BT Sloan, Stella Thai, Emily Paetz, Meghan Weyrens Kuhn, Kathy Duong, Bella Fauzi, and Jacob Kansco
2018 ACC Student Leadership Symposium cohort pictured left to right: Stephanie Lemus-Ortiz, Kyle Basset, Meghan Weyrens Kuhn, Natasha Welch, Madeleine Cáceres, and Sebastian Andrade

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 game 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 Symposium (a three-day leadership conference) hosts delegations from each of the Atlantic Coast Conference colleges and universities. The 2018 conference theme was “Contentious Times: A Call for Courageous Leadership” and the symposium was hosted February 9-11, 2018, at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. The 2018 symposium explored the role of courageous leadership in today’s society.

Students who attend the symposium work together in small groups to create a collaborative action presentation to be presented in front of the whole group on the closing day. Past presentation 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 2019 ACC Student Leadership Symposium will be hosted at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. The theme for the conference will focus on food insecurity.  A cohort of five students will be selected to travel to North Carolina State University during February 22-24, 2019, to engage with other ACC student representatives and learn more about food insecurity. Students who are selected to attend the 2019 ACC Student Leadership Symposium are required to attend four preparation meetings prior to the symposium, attend the symposium at North Carolina State University, participate in the Student Experiential Learning Conference hosted at Virginia Tech during the spring semester, and attend a reflection meeting post the symposium.


If you would like additional information, please contact the Leadership Education Collaborative at leadershipeducation@vt.edu.

Proposed Future Locations:

2020 University of Louisville


2019 Location:

North Carolinia State University


Past Locations and 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, Launch Leaders:

2014 University of Miami

2013 Boston College

2012 UNC Chapel Hill

2011 Georgia Tech

2010 Florida State University

2009 Virginia Tech