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.
Save The Date for our 18th Annual Spring Gala on April 10! Tickets will be available soon for this special event at the historic Altria Theater. Sponsorship opportunities are available—contact Colleen Smith at 434‑982‑4910 to start the conversation.
Meet the esteemed alumni who completed our program and continued on to improve their communities.
Our leadership development programs focus on Virginia residents interested in becoming active in public service.
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This award will be presented annually to the individuals who model the spirit and mission of Sorensen through the trust, civility and respect they have consistently shown toward others. They create sustainable efforts toward the betterment of a more decent and tolerant civic life and culture for the people of the Commonwealth.
...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...
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...
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.
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!
Check out the Sorensen political links page to discover new insights into politics in Virginia. We seek out new informational resources and frequently update the page with new links so bookmark it for later (or set it as your homepage if you like).