What Is the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership?

Through a variety of programs, the Sorensen Institute has a proven track record of bringing together diverse, bipartisan groups with an interest in bettering their communities.

By promoting effective leadership, working together, building trust, ethics, and mastery of public policy issues, Sorensen plays an important role in shaping a positive political discussion, greater understanding among Virginia's regions, and successful results in Virginia's governments and communities. These efforts strengthen the quality of governance and community service at all levels and help restore public confidence in our political system.

Many graduates of Sorensen program have later been elected to office or appointed to key state and local positions in government, served in leadership positions in the private sector or non-profit organizations, and created positive impacts in their communities.

Meet Sorensen Alumni

Meet the esteemed alumni who completed our program and continued on to improve their communities.

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Explore our Programs

 Our leadership development programs focus on Virginia residents interested in becoming active in public service.

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HSLP 2018: Day 4

...Today was a day of firsts. The first time we had multiple speakers. The first time we broke up into groups to draft a project. And the first time we truly took advantage of this opportunity to make connections with the other participants. It was a day filled with new knowledge that allowed us to formulate a more view of the Virginia political system...

HSLP 2018: Day 3

Today, the Sorensen HSLP participated in its first classroom experience. We started the day with an insightful session led by an enthusiastic Lauren Gilbert. Ms. Gilbert jumped right into the topic of ethics in politics by challenging the students to think of the ideals of the state, characteristics of an ideal leader, and the public perception of politics...

HSLP 2018: Day 2

Today at 8 a.m. the HSLP arrived at UVA's ropes course for a day of fun, challenging team-building activities...

HSLP 2018: Day 1

Today marks the first of many adventures for the Sorensen HSLP Class of 2018. We started our day moving into our dorm suites here at UVA and meeting our suitemates and their families. After move-in, our families said their goodbyes—a new experience for many of us...

A Birthday Card for Sorensen

Happy Birthday, Sorensen!

Several of our generous alumni and friends have already signed Sorensen's 25th Birthday card by making a gift that includes the number "25".

You can sign the card through June 30 by making a gift of $25, $250, $250, or more at giving.virginia.edu/sorensen or by sending your check to Sorensen Institute, P.O. Box 400206, Charlottesville, VA 22904.

Sorensen Announces 2018 HSLP

The Sorensen Institute is thrilled to announce the participants in our 2018 High School Leaders Program. This class of students will live in Charlottesville on Grounds at UVA for two weeks and will participate in an intensive learning experience that will immerse them in Virginia politics, policy, governance, ethics in leadership, and bipartisanship.  The HSLP is designed to help students build the knowledge and skills they need to step forward as leaders in their communities.  We are excited to spend the summer with these excellent students!