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Group photo from the fall 2022 SPARK retreat

What is Spark?

The mission of the SPARK program centers the development and empowerment of undergraduate women identifying with underrepresented and historically marginalized racial/ethnic backgrounds. Through dialogue, self-reflection, and leadership development, participants are engaged in an immersive opportunity to establish community and be empowered to create positive social change.  

The SPARK program consists of a retreat at the start of the Fall semester for undergraduate students in their first year at UNC. All interested students must submit an application to be considered to attend the SPARK retreat, as there are a limited number of spots available. 

This program is designed to engage any student in dialogue and community building regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. We encourage individuals, regardless of gender, gender expression, gender identity, and sex to apply. 

Stay tuned for more information on the application cycle for the Fall 2023 SPARK Retreat!

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