Overview of the Symposium

Throughout the symposium, delegates will explore and analyze the past, present and future of social change throughout the discussion of social issues.  Delegates attending will gain a perspective of the past while gaining tools and resources to understand how to effectively enact social change in the current and future of our ever-changing world. 

Delegates will be exposed to ways they can enact social change within communities across the ACC. Utilizing a variety of tools and resources, delegates will then create a project to raise awareness on numerous social issues. Such resources and tools of change to raise awareness may include social media, speeches, fashion, personal strengths, fundraising, culture, mentoring, entrepreneurship and networking.

Four umbrella social issues have been identified that delegates will rank in order of preference prior to attending the symposium. These umbrellas are: Human Rights, Environment, Health and Poverty. Prior to arrival, students will be placed in groups of approximately seven students (across all institutions) according to their preferences. Delegates will then be placed to one of eleven social issues that fall under their respective umbrella preference. These issues include education, LBGTQ, environment (Energy & Food Production), immigration, disabilities, children's issues, religion and violence, poverty, gender issues, health care systems (mental health included), and global medicine.

Student Leadership Symposium Mission Statement

Develop a community of ACC undergraduate students who understand the relationship between global and local issues and work to create innovative initiatives that that advance students' capacity for global leadership.

ACCIAC Mission Statement

The mission of the ACCIAC is to leverage the athletic associations and identities among the 15 ACC institutions in order to enrich the educational missions, especially the undergraduate student experiences, of member institutions. The intent is to impact all students, not only student athletes. The strategy is to sponsor activities and programs that cannot be accomplished by any one institution, and are best supported by institutions acting in concert. By directly supporting academic initiatives, the ACC reinforces its conviction that strong academics and strong athletics go together, and it projects this message to its many stakeholders.

The base funding for the ACCIAC comes from a portion of the income generated by the ACC Football Championship Game. Supplemental allocations by individual institutions and various grants expand program impact. Administered by one 1/5th time coordinator, the ACCIAC spends 90% of its funds upon direct student support.

ACC Mission Statement

The Atlantic Coast Conference, through its member institutions, seeks to maximize the educational and athletic opportunities of its student-athletes, while enriching their quality of life. It strives to do so by affording individuals equitable opportunity to pursue academic excellence and compete at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics competition in a broad spectrum of sports and championships. The Symposium will provide leadership in attaining these goals, by promoting diversity and mutual trust among its member institutions, in a spirit of fairness for all. It strongly adheres to the principles of integrity and sportsmanship, and supports the total development of the student-athlete and each member institution's athletics staff, with the intent of producing enlightened leadership for tomorrow.

Intended Participant Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand diverse perspectives and experiences
  2. Learn about initiatives to respond to a chosen social issue
  3. Apply symposium knowledge on individual campuses and/or collaboratively
  4. Reinforce one’s responsibility to engage in broader society
  5. Gain self-­efficacy in working with others

2014 ACC Leadership Symposium Planning Committee

  • Andrew Wiemer, Advisor
  • Brittany Brewster, Advisor
  • Justin Borroto, Co-Chair
  • Alessandria San Roman, Co-Chair
  • Elaine Golden, ACC Liason
  • Connor Adams, Lodging & Transportation
  • Amy Halpern, Hospitality
  • William Herrera, Hospitality
  • Meera Nagarsheth, Curriculum Development
  • Valerie Quirk, Curriculum Development
  • Stephen Leonard, Curriculum Development
  • Gerardo Delgadillo, Logistics
  • Neville Patel, Logistics
  • Randall Seenandan, Logistics/Web

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