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 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.
In conversation with Sorensen Director Larry Roberts, former U.S. Senator John W. Warner (R-Virginia) issued a call to public service and offered advice on being true to yourself and use advantages given to you to make the next generation's experience better than your own. Listen on the Cooper Center's website and wherever you listen to podcasts.
The Sorensen Institute is proud to partner with the Center for Politics (like Sorensen, part of the UVA Institute of Democracy) to offer virtual summer internships in politics and public service. These internships are open to UVA students who have lost summer jobs or internships due to the pandemic, and applications are due May 15. Learn more at UVA Today.
The Sorensen Institute is excited to announce the members of the 2020 Political Leaders Program class. The class will begin in March in Williamsburg and meet for nine total sessions throughout Virginia. Members of the class will learn about Virginia politics, bipartisan policy solutions, and what unites our Commonwealth. Congratulations to all!
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).