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ACC Student Leadership Symposium

2017 ACC Student Leadership Symposium cohort pictured left to right: BT Sloan, Stella Thai, Emily Paetz, Meghan Weyrens Kuhn, Kathy Duong, Bella Fauzi, and Jacob Kansco

2021 Symposium information

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 symposium will be a virtual event open to past participants only.

Please visit our student programs page or contact Jason Clayton at claytonjw@vt.edu or 540-231-7042 for information on our other leadership experiences.

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About the Symposium

This annual event is a three-day leadership conference that hosts delegations from each of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) colleges and universities. In winter 2020, the symposium was hosted at University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky, focused on the theme "Reaching Social Change Through Storytelling." Students who attended the event worked together in small groups to create a collaborative action presentation related to the conference theme that was presented in front of the whole group on the closing day.


Why apply to attend for this experience?

This symposium offers a unique experience to collaborate with other passionate students on current issues affecting college students today. Through this experience, you will have an opportunity to learn from other student leaders, reflect on the symposium's theme, and present on your experiences when you return to Virginia Tech.

Students who are selected to attend the ACC Student Leadership Symposium are required to:

  • Attend four preparation meetings prior to the symposium,
  • Attend the 3-day symposium,
  • Participate in a poster presentation during the spring semester, and
  • Attend a reflection meeting following the symposium.

Background on the Symposium

The symposium, funded by a portion of the revenue from the ACC football championship game and hosted on a rotating basis within the ACC, emphasizes engaging students from all of the ACC institutions in the conversation of leadership development.