Truist Leadership Academy

The Truist Leadership Academy is a fully-funded, immersive, living and learning experience designed to support African-American/Black students in exploring their career interests and growing their leadership skills. Through this cohort-based program, 25 students from a variety of academic backgrounds will build relationships, gain hands-on skill development from industry professionals, and receive mentorship. The program features career development and networking opportunities beginning in November with a cohort welcome dinner, a weeklong industry immersion experience in January, and individual career exploration sessions.  

During the weeklong immersion in January, students will get to stay in a hotel in Greensboro, NC with friends, deepen relationships with one-another through shared meals and meaningful conversations, and build a community of support that will extend far beyond this program. 


There is no cost to participate in this program. 

Students are not expected to have any out-of-pocket expenses. 

All majors are encouraged to register. 

Preference will be given to second and third-year students. 

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Program Benefits & Learning Goals

  • Earn the Truist Emerging Leaders Certificate 

  • Increase self-awareness and clarify career interests 

  • Explore career paths 

  • Gain hands-on skill development 

  • Develop mentoring relationships with UVA alumni and employers 

  • Showcase living and learning experience on resume 

Eligibility Requirements

Must identify as African-American/Black 

Must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate at UVA 

Commit to participating in Life Design Workshops, 1:1 Sessions, and Cohort Welcome Dinner 

Commit to attend the in-person Truist Leadership Academy Jan. 9-14th, 2022 in Greensboro, NC

Desire to learn

Events and Dates

  • Cohort Welcome Dinner and Orientation -- Tuesday, November 2nd 5-6:30pm 

  • Life Design Workshop -- Tuesday, November 16th, 5-6pm 

  • Life Design Workshop -- Tuesday, November 30th, 5-6pm 

  • Life Design 1:1 Sessions (Virtual/In Person 45-minute 1:1) 

  • Truist Leadership Academy -- January 9th - January 15th, 2022 in Greensboro, NC

  • Life Design Workshop -- Tuesday, January 25th 5-6pm 

  • Life Design 1:1 Sessions (Virtual/In Person 45-minute 1:1)

Due to COVID-19, in-person components are subject to change to align with CDC and UVA health guidelines and recommendations.

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Registration Process

We hope as many students as possible will participate in this this program, but please recognize that we have limited spots available. Therefore, please note that registering means that you are committed to participating in all aspects of the academy. If you register and then leave the program, then another student may miss the opportunity to participate in this fully-funded opportunity. 

To register and be considered for the program you must: 

  • Complete the attendee survey attached to the Handshake registration. 

  • Post your resume on your Handshake profile and make it public. 

Registration Deadline

Sunday, October 3rd at 11:59pm 

Cost to participate: FREE 

Registration Confirmation Process


Students who register by the deadline will be notified by Wednesday, October 6th, 2021 that they are confirmed to participate in this program.  

Confirmation to Participate

Students must confirm their intent to participate and complete the program confirmation form by Sunday, October 10th, 2021. This form will be emailed to students. 


Only 25 students will be able to participate in this program cohort. Students who are not confirmed to participate will be placed on a waitlist. We highly recommend you remain on the waitlist as long as you are interested in this program because it helps us know you are interested and available to participate. If you are on the waitlist and do not hear anything from us by Tuesday, November 2nd, then the program is full and we do not have any more spots available. If you are no longer interested/able to participate please inform Juliana Cañas Baena ( to be taken off of the waitlist. Thank you for understanding and we encourage you to register for the May cohort. 

Cancellation Policy

If you can no longer participate in this program, you must notify Juliana Cañas Baena ( through email by Monday, November 1st. This is to ensure students who are on the waitlist are able to join the program. 

Additional Information

Lodging in Greensboro: Students are required to stay at the host location (TBD) throughout the duration of the program. All reservations are made by the UVA Career Center.  

Transportation to Greensboro: UVA Career Center will coordinate transportation to Greensboro, NC for the Truist Leadership Academy and finance all related costs. 

More to Explore

Schedule an appointment through Handshake, or by calling the UVA Career Center at 434-924-8900 M-F from 8 am-5 pm.

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