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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: Kate Kryder,

Where:  North Carolina State University 

When:  February 22nd - 24th, 2019 

Application Available:  November 11th, 2018

Application Deadline: November 26th, 2018 

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

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

Applications and Deadlines

Who to contact: Kate Kryder,

Where:  YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly - Black Mountain, NC 

When:  Spring Break - March 10th -15th, 2019 

Application Available: December 17th, 2018 

Application Deadline:  January 11th, 2019 

Application Link: Coming Soon!  

NC Fellows


North Carolina Fellows Program (NC Fellows) is a three-year, cohort-based program designed based in the Social Change Model of Leadership Development and Emotionally Intelligent Leadership. 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. 

As a result of participating in the North Carolina Fellows Program, students will be able to: 

  • Evaluate how individual, group, and societal values influence their ability to lead. 
  • Define future leadership goals based on current and past leadership experiences.
  • Identify strategies for resiliency through reflective self-discovery. 
  • Understand the implications ofhuman and cultural differences 
  • Engage in civic responsibility, and identify engagement opportunities within the UNC, local, national, and global communities.
  • Demonstrate how leadership theories apply to their everyday leadership practice

Sophomore Year

Sophomore year of the NC Fellows program is focused around learning individual values and consciousness of self. This is accomplished during the required Sophomore Seminar, which is a three-credit hour course that takes place in the Fall semester. The primary purpose of this course is to facilitate learning opportunities and experiences which allow participants to learn more about leadership development from an educational perspective, their values and identities and how those play a role in their leadership style and multiple facets of their lives. In addition, participants will learn more about their cohort members and engage in dialogue about community and societal issues. 

Junior Year

The Junior year of the NC Fellows program is focused around learning group values and consciousness of others. Junior members will have meetings once a month that allow for dialogue amongst their cohort that encourages them to create positive change through various avenues.

Senior Year

The Senior year of the NC Fellows program is focused around learning community values and consciousness of context. Throughout the Spring of their senior year, NC Fellows will take a required one credit hour capstone course.  This course is focused on reflecting on one's experience both inside and outside the NC Fellows program, and learning how to apply leadership concepts, skills and experiences beyond college. 

Applications and Deadlines


When:  You can apply in the winter of your first year at UNC and those first-years who are selected remain part of the program until graduation.

Application Available: November 5th, 2018

Application Deadline:  December 5, 2018 at 5pm

Application Link: Coming Soon!

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: Kate Kryder,

Where:  Carolina Union 

When:  October 6th, 2018 9:00am - 3:00pm 

Application Available: August 1st, 2018

Application Deadline:  September 9th, 2018

Application Link:


SPARK is a three-day retreat aimed at engaging self-identified first-year women of color in meaningful dialogue around identity and what it means to be a women of color at a predominately white institution (PWI). The retreat’s overall objective is to assist these women in their transitions to Carolina and to enhance the overall success of women of color on campus.

Applications and Deadlines

Who to contact: Kate Kryder,

Where:  Haw River Retreat Center, Brown Summit, NC

When:  September 28th - October 1st

Application Available: August 13, 2018

Application Deadline:  September 4, 2018 

Application Link: