Leadership Development Programs

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.  

Applications and Deadlines

Who to contact: Anthony Wright - anthony.wright@unc.edu

Where:  University of Louisville 

When:  February 28 - March 1, 2020

Application Available:  TBD

Application Deadline: TBD

Application Link: Coming Soon! 

Carolina United

Carolina United, as a program ascribing to this broad definition of diversity and leadership, brings together students from all walks of life and types of campus involvement. Carolina United looks for passionate students who want to challenge themselves as individuals in an environment of perpetual growth and dynamic interpersonal exploration.


Carolina United provides a safe and accepting environment for UNC students to explore diversity 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.

Program Description

Throughout the week students attend sessions on topics such as Affirmative Action, Interfaith Dialogue, Conflict Resolution and more. Students also learn how to create and implement programs that will continue the mission of Carolina United once they get back to campus. Interspersed between the sessions are small group meetings in which students have time to break into their discussion groups to go deeper into the issues and share their experiences.

Carolina United seeks passionate students to apply for the participant group. Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors looking to challenge themselves and pursue growth through dynamic dialogue are encouraged to apply. Carolina United takes place a week and a half before the first day of classes in the fall semester and is free for UNC students.

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The LeaderShape Institute is a six-day experience that will be offered during spring break. Students will focus on leading with integrity and solidifying a vision and passion for the future while maintaining a healthy disregard for the impossible.  If you have any questions or would like more information about LeaderShape please contact us at studentlife@unc.edu.

If you have any questions or would like more information about LeaderShape please contact us.

Applications and Deadlines

Who to contact: Anthony Wright - anthony.wright@unc.edu`

Where:  TBD

When:  Spring Break 2020

Application Available: TBD

Application Deadline:  TBD

Application Link: Coming Soon!  

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.

Questions? NCFellows@unc.edu

Bell Leadership Symposium

This year the theme of the the annual Bell Student Leadership Symposium is Next Level: Achieving Carolina Excellence.  At the symposium students will enhance their leadership skills, recognize strategies to become a more effective leader, and create a Next Level HeelPrint Action Plan. Registration is first come, first serve. 

Applications and Deadlines

Who to contact: Anthony Wright - anthony.wright@unc.edu

Where:  Carolina Union 

When:  October 24, 2020  

Application Available: TBD

Application Deadline:  TBD

Registration link: go.unc.edu/bell2020


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 September, 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.

Questions? spark@unc.edu

LEAD DIY Workshops

From the makers of the LEAD Challenge, The Office of Student Life and Leadership is proud to present the LEAD DIY (Do it yourself) Kits. Leadership development doesn’t have to look like an in person workshop or a facilitated conversation. Leadership development can also be done from the comfort of your home over video chat with your friends and family! The LEAD DIY kits give you the necessary tools to dive into leadership topics in a fun and engaging fashion.