What Is the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership?

Through a variety of programs - for high school and college leaders to first-time political candidates and influential business and community leaders - the Sorensen Institute has established itself as a powerful and effective force for restoring public confidence in our political system. At the heart of every Sorensen program are three central themes: ethics in public service, the power of bipartisanship, and a concentrated study of public policy issues.

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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Recruit for our programs

Know someone who would be a good candidate for a Sorensen program? Tell us about them!

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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!

Sorensen Institute 25th Anniversary Spring Gala

The Sorensen Institute invites you to celebrate our 25th Anniversary with us at the Spring Gala! We are also delighted to welcome the new administration—a quadrennial Sorensen tradition—at this year's soirée. Tickets are available now! You can also preview the items available to bid on during our silent auction.

Shannon Valentine Named Secretary of Transportation

Congratulations to Shannon Valentine - a graduate of the Sorensen Institute Political Leaders Program in the Class 2005 - on being named to serve as Virginia's Secretary of Transportation by Governor-elect Ralph Northam (Sorensen Candidate Training Program, Class of 2007) Shannon also is a highly valued member Sorensen's Statewide Advisory Board. We're proud of you, Shannon!