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

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
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

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 Symposium (a three-day leadership conference) hosts delegations from each of the Atlantic Coast Conference colleges and universities. The 2017 conference theme was “Wellbeing and Social Change: I Thrive, You Thrive, We Thrive” and the symposium was hosted February 24-26, 2017, at Wake Forest University. The 2017 symposium explored the importance of maintaining wellbeing in order to lead in today's world.

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 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 2018 ACC Student Leadership Symposium will be hosted at Duke University. The theme for the conference is “Contentious Times: A Call for Courageous Leadership." A cohort of five students will be selected to travel to Duke University during February 9-11, 2018, to engage with other ACC student representatives and learn more about courageous leadership. Students who are selected to attend the 2018 ACC Student Leadership Symposium are required to attend four preparation meetings prior to the symposium, attend the symposium at Duke University, participate in the Student Experiential Learning Conference hosted at Virginia Tech on Friday, April 13, 2018, and attend a reflection meeting post the symposium.

Application open through November 24, 2017.

Interviews will take place November 27 – December 1.


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

Proposed Future Locations:

2020 University of Louisville

2019 North Carolinia State University


2018 Location:

Duke University
Contentious Times: A Call for Courageous Leadership


Past Locations and 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, Launch Leaders:

2014 University of Miami

2013 Boston College

2012 UNC Chapel Hill

2011 Georgia Tech

2010 Florida State University

2009 Virginia Tech