Leadership Development Programs

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ACC Leadership Symposium

With delegations from each of the 15 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) colleges and universities in attendance, the annual ACC Student Leadership 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 of global leadership. Students from each participating university will be grouped with peers from their fellow ACC schools for the duration of the conference. Student leaders from current ACC colleges and universities will have the opportunity to engage in educational sessions, hear keynote addresses, explore topical content, and participate in experiential application through their group project collaboration and presentations.

The 2023 ACC Leadership Symposium will take place in the second half of the spring semester in 2023.

Carolina United

Carolina United provides an opportunity for students to engage in intergroup dialogue while developing the skills to actively engage in social justice work. Through the course of a three-day overnight retreat, Carolina United provides participants with the opportunity to engage in self-reflection, dialogue, and action planning to make a difference in the world around them. Carolina United serves as a catalyst for UNC students to understand identity, equity, and social justice within themselves and their community. As a result of attending Carolina United, participants will identify and enact their role in becoming a changemaker and making a positive impact on the lives of others.   

The Carolina United retreat will take place in the spring semester 2023 and applications will go live in the fall semester for attendees and facilitators

NC Fellows

Founded in 1967, the NC Fellows Program is a three-year cohort-based program whose mission is to reimagine traditional understandings of leadership by engaging in meaningful dialogue, creating a supportive community, increasing self-awareness amongst its members, and encouraging positive change. 

Applications for the Class of 2026 cohort will open later in the fall semester.

Questions? Email NCFellows@unc.edu.

(W)omxn of Worth Spring Conference

Each year, Student Life and Leadership collaborates on an annual Spring conference in collaboration with The Womxn of Worth Initiative (W) and other campus and academic departments at UNC and surrounding universities to create opportunities for networking, mutual learning, and community-building. The Womxn of Worth Initiative (W) creates and sustains a community that centers empowering underrepresented racial and ethnic populations that will promote academic preparedness, holistic student wellness and success, identity development, and community at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The (W)omxn of Worth Spring Conference took place on Friday March 25th, 2022, from 2p-8p in the Carolina Union Auditorium. The 2022 conference featured keynote speaker Tiffany Waddell Tate and panel discussions around Making Room for More, Building a Life and Career On Your Own Terms

Details on the 2023 conference will be announced in late Fall 2022.


The SPARK program centers the empowerment of first-year undergraduate women identifying with underrepresented and historically marginalized racial/ethnic backgrounds through leadership development, intergroup dialogue, and community building in their transitions to Carolina. The 2022 annual SPARK retreat took place September 9th-11th at YMCA Camp Weaver in Greensboro. 

Questions? Email Natasha Young (natasha.young@unc.edu) or Jordan Davis (davisjor@unc.edu)

Civic Engagement

Student Life & Leadership coordinates a variety of initiatives to advance the Chancellor’s fifth strategic priority, Promote Democracy. The Civic Engagement Working Group provides a space for student leaders and organization members to collaborate on voter education and registration initiatives, and create opportunities for students to contribute to local democracy. SLL works with local nonpartisan organizations to have educational materials easily accessible to students in advance of local, state, and federal elections. 

One of the earliest ways you can learn about civic engagement is during this year's Community and Civic Engagement Fair on October 3rd from 11am-2pm in the Pit! 

Co-Curricular Leadership Certificate

Student Life & Leadership is excited to provide the UNC community with the Co-Curricular Leadership Certificate Program. Students that engage in this program will be able to immerse themselves in leadership learning that will enable students to reflect critically about the important ways that they can engage in their leadership learning. Students will be able to engage in this leadership learning at their own pace so that it can best fit into their schedules. Each certificate is grounded in leadership frameworks that will support the development of your skills on an individual, collaborative, and communal level. 
This certificate will be launching in August 2022!