IDCE Students

Class of 2015 - Fall 2013 Orientation Schedule

(Download Orientation Campus Map)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Location: Atwood Hall (map)

8:30 AM-9:00 AM

Check In – Pick up your IDCE Packet

9:00 AM-10:00 AM

Graduate School Welcome

10:00 AM-11:00 AM

Graduate Student Resource Fair – Campus Green (outside of University Center)  

(Rain Location: Academic Commons in Goddard Library)

11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Lunch in Higgins Café, University Center (lunch tickets will be given out at Graduate School Resource Fair)

1:00 PM-2:00 PM Campus Tours

2:00 PM-3:00 PM

Living Safely at Clark - Atwood Hall (map)

3:00 PM-4:00 PM

Graduate Student Financial Responsibilities-Atwood Hall (map)

Required for all students who will be receiving a stipend from the University

4:00 PM-5:00 PM

Dual Degree Session with GSOM and IDCE - Tentative

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Location: Razzo Hall in Traina Center (map)

9:00 AM-10:00 AM

Check In

10:00 AM-10:15AM


10:15 AM-11:30 AM

Introduction of Program Coordinators, Faculty, and Staff


Dave Bell, Ed.D., Interim IDCE Director
Ellen Foley, Ph.D., Coordinator of IDSC Program
Ramon Borges-Mendez
, Ph.D., Coordinator of CDP Program
Timothy Downs, Ph.D., Coordinator of ES&P Program
Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger, Ph.D., Coordinator of GISDE Program


Erika Paradis, Assistant Director of IDCE & Director of Student and Academic Affairs
Cindy Gabriel, Student and Academic Affairs Assistant
Hien Nguyen, Administrative Assistant for Departmental Operations
Heather Peloquin, Assistant to the Director/Budget Manager

11:30AM -12:00 PM

Review of Information in Packets

Jeanne X. Kasperson Research Library-B.J. Perkins, Director

12:00 PM-5:00 PM

Program Lunches and Orientation

  • Community Development and Planning (CDP)
  • Location: The Straight Up Café (Directions will be provided)
  • Environmental Science and Policy (ES&P)
  • Location: Marsh Institute (map)
  • International Development and Social Change (IDSC)
  • Location: Blue Room, Atwood Hall (map)
  • Geographic Information System for Development and Environment (GISDE)
  • Location: IDCE House, Granville Room (map)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Location: Sackler 121 (map)

9:00 AM

Online Course Registration opens for graduate students

9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Erika Paradis Office Hours to assist with Registration Issues - IDCE House Room 24 (map)


Lunch on your own. On-campus options:

  • The Bistro in Higgins University Center, open 8:30 – 1:30

Clark Dining Hall in Higgins University Center, open for a $10 Brunch 9:00 – 12:30

1:00 PM-3:30 PM Workshops:
• Reference Librarian
• Technology at Clark
• Student Groups – Student Association, IDCE Fellows, and The Source
3:30 PM-4:30 PM

Q&A with Students

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Roller Skating (click on image to view flyer)

Friday, August 23, 2013

9:00 AM-1:00 PM

TA Orientation - Grace Conference Room, Higgins University Center (map)

If you are thinking about applying for a teaching assistant position or have already been granted a TA position, you need to attend this session.

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Roller Skating


Various Times
to be announced

IDCE Building Orientations – repeated sessions throughout the day

Sign up information will be sent via email


Saturday, August 24, 2013

Location: Camp Aldersgate, in North Scituate, Rhode Island

9:30 AM

Bus departs from IDCE House - all attendees are required to take the bus

11:00 AM Arrive at Camp, get settled into your bunk
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch at the camp dining hall
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Low Ropes
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM Swimming
6:00 PM

Dinner at the camp dining hall


Sunday, August 25, 2013

9:00 AM Breakfast at the camp dining hall
11:00 AM

Bus departs from Camp Aldersgate to return to IDCE House


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The process of 'doing good' can produce undesirable effects, but careful introspection and planning can result in positive outcomes. Development practitioners and those interested in theorizing about social justice need to take into account how their identities, assumptions, and policies shape their goals as well as the people with whom they interact.

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