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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.

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Spark First-year Retreat

As a result of attending the Spark Retreat, participants will:

  • Reflect on the role of their own social identities and how they shape their thoughts and actions.
  •  Explore the diverse perspectives of other women of color to support meaningful engagement across cultural and interpersonal contexts.
  • Examine complex issues, ideas, and events facing women of color.
  • Develop wellness-related knowledge, beliefs, and behaviors that promote individual growth in the face of adversity.
  • Foster healthy and sustainable relationships with other women of color across campus.


The 2019 Spark Retreat will take place on September 20-22 at the YMCA Camp Weaver in Greensboro. Transportation, meals, and lodging will be provided.

Interested in attending? Apply to join Spark today!

First-Year Cohort application opens on Heel Life: August 16, 2019

Spark Info Session: August 27th, 2019; 5 pm-7 pm; CU 3503

Application deadline: September 4th, 2019

First Year Cohort

The primary focus of the first year is identity exploration and community building. Participants will do this primarily through their involvement in the SPARK Retreat. 

Are you interested in joining the class of 2023 cohort of Spark women? Apply on Heel Life between August 16, 2019-September 4, 2019!

Second Year Cohort

The primary focus of this year is professional development. Participants will engage in an etiquette dinner and a variety of networking opportunities.

Third Year Cohort

The primary focus of this year is community engagement. Participants will reflect on the role of self in impacting others and society as they learn more about the values and intersecting identities they hold, and how they influence the everyday lives of themselves and others.

Fourth Year Cohort

The primary focus of this year is making meaning of the college experience in preparation for life after college.