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.  This symposium always takes place in late February of the spring application.  

2020 Application and Dates

Where:  University of Louisville 

When:  February 28 - March 1, 2020

Application Available:  TBD

Application Deadline: TBD

Carolina United

What is Carolina United?

Carolina United is a program run through the Office of Student Life and Leadership that provides a safe and accepting environment for UNC students to explore diversity and multiculturalism within and between themselves. This environment is intended to foster collaborative dialogue that unites participants across their differences. Carolina United hopes to serve as a catalyst for greater recognition and celebration of this unity on UNC’s campus and in humanity.

The Carolina United retreat will take place February 25 - 27, 2022.


Carolina United is a 3-day overnight retreat that will take place at Camp Weaver in Greensboro, NC from February 25th-27th. During this time, participants will engage in collaborative dialogue that establishes unity across difference, builds a deeper understanding of identity and intersectionality, and provides space for participants to take part in making a more inclusive Carolina. If you are passionate about making a difference and learning more about social justice and inclusion, this is an opportunity for you!


2022 Applications

Participant applications will close January 28, 2022.

What are we looking for in an applicant?

Carolina United is looking for passionate students who want to challenge themselves as individuals in an environment of perpetual growth and dynamic interpersonal exploration. Throughout this application process, we hope to get to know your authentic self. Therefore, please know that your application will be read without your name on the application and that all answers will be kept confidential.

NC Fellows

Founded in 1967, the mission of the North Carolina Fellows Program 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 2025 cohort are now closed.

Questions? Email NCFellows@unc.edu

Bell Leadership Symposium

The 5th Annual Bell Student Leadership Symposium will take place on Friday February 4th, 2022 from 2p-8p in the Frank Graham Porter Student Union at UNC Chapel Hill. This year’s symposium will feature keynote speakers and panel discussions around Innovation in a consistently changing society: From hybrid work environments, to creating space, to prioritizing holistic wellness. We invite members of the UNC community (faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students), to attend the symposium or prepare a 45-minute presentation/workshop to share with attendees.

Registration is first come, first serve. 

2022 Dates

Where:  The Great Hall

When:  February 4, 2022 

Registration Available: TBA


UNC Spark is a a four-year cohort program whose mission is to assist self-identified undergraduate women of color in their transitions into and through Carolina, and to enhance the overall success of women of color on campus by creating a supportive community and providing opportunities for leadership and self-discovery. Each October, the newly selected first-year cohort of Spark women attend an offsite retreat led by the program advisor and the Spark student leadership, after which participants are expected to remain engaged with the program until graduation.

The 2021 Spark Retreat took place on October 9-10, 2021, at the YMCA Camp Weaver in Greensboro, NC.

Questions? Email spark@unc.edu