Each year, usually in February, 5-10 student leaders (accompanied by a faculty/staff member) from each ACC university gather at a host university to study and teach, to swap and share both leadership strategies and knowledge regarding a specific social issue. Typically, the conferences have the following features:
The topical focus is upon socially responsible initiatives.
Cross-university teams each develop a strategic action plan to alleviate the issue under study.
Faculty experts from the host institution consult with the teams, offer seminars on the topic and on leadership, and judge the various action plans.
Student leaders, often via field trips, are exposed to local agencies dealing with the issue.
The conference begins with dinner on Friday and ends with lunch on Sunday.
All expenses are paid by the ACCAC (the total budget is $80,000).
Planning and hosting responsibilities are rotated among the universities.
Each university chooses its delegates.
Each year the host institution plans the program, under the general guidance of an Advisory Committee (currently chaired by Andrew Wiemer from the University of Miami). Students interested in being a delegate should consult with their local leadership office or VP for Student Affairs. A list of coordinators is available on this website under “Other Groups and Committees”