Darold W. Larson Acacia Leadership Academy
The Darold W. Larson Acacia Leadership Academy, commonly known as ALA, is held in off-Conclave years and brings together over 100 of Acacia's top undergraduate leaders to learn from Acacia staff, volunteers, and guest speakers on a variety of fraternity and leadership topics.
Living together under one roof at the Indiana Acacia chapter house in Bloomington, Indiana, the ALA offers a unique atmosphere where small group sessions, shared meals, and social events like the Acacia Olympics foster an unforgettable fraternal experience. Attendees develop new skills and relationships that will benefit their chapters and themselves for years to come.
Acacia is a community. For this week, it’s a community of the Fraternity’s best and brightest leaders. The Acacia community consists of friends and brothers. It is shared experiences, events, team competitions and learning. It is relationships, challenges, goals, tough decisions, victories and - at times - sacrifices. Our community is based on the teachings of our Fraternity through our Ritual, the traditions of our mentors, and the standards and expectations of our chapters and members. At the Acacia Leadership Academy, attendees learn, experience, and “live” fraternity, and realize that the Acacia community truly does extend past the boundaries of university and chapter.
The Acacia Leadership Academy is named for Darold W. Larson, Washington State ‘81, in honor of his 25+ years serving Acacia as Executive Director and Foundation Executive Director. Brother Larson created the ALA in 1995, and it has become a favorite event for undergraduates ever since.