Info for Clark Families
The partnership between the University, our students, and their families is one of complexity and essence. In Residential Life and Housing, we believe that families play a key role in assisting our students before, during, and after their residential experience at Clark University.
The skills necessary for a successful collegiate residential experience begins long before our students arrive in the fall. The freedom of college living means that students need to be able to take care of themselves before they arrive. If an incoming student has never washed and dried their own laundry, made their own food, cleaned their own rooms, bought their own things, woken up for school on their own, or scheduled their own appointments... it is very likely they will struggle with these tasks when they arrive. It is so important that families prepare their students through challenge and support to have some advanced life skills before they arrive at Clark University.
We know that after arriving at Clark, even the most well prepared students are going to have challenges, and while our student and professional staff members work closely with our students on a variety of matters, their families also play a vital role in their ability to persevere through their struggles. It is not uncommon for students to call their families and vent their frustrations about their day, or their roommate frustrations, or how they are struggling in a class. It is so important that you not only let them vent, but also help them to navigate their own solutions. While RLH, like everyone here at Clark, certainly welcome calls from parents, we consider our students our primary customers, and we want to hear from them when things are not going so well, so that we can assist them directly. While calling to get something fixed in your student room, or to find out when your student needs to be out of the residence halls for the summer may seem like a helpful gesture, we believe that encouraging students to confront and find these answers on their own may be a better strategy.
In these pages you will find valuable resources to help you understand Residential Life and Housing, as well as other aspects of student life at Clark. We encourage you to contact us with questions you have, and to also be sure that your students are reading the information on our website as well.
Our Communication with Students:
It is important that families understand that our primary relationship is with our students, and therefore we will hold students responsible for reading and paying attention to the information delivered to them through various means. Some of the ways we deliver information to students include but are not limited to:
- Emails sent to student clarku.edu email addresses
- Information placed on our website
- ClarkYou Portal
- Posters/flyers in the residence halls
- RA hall programs (advertised in the halls and through "My Housing" - our online housing information system)
- Paper mailings
- Through RAs - door to door or through informal interactions.
Clark Family Sessions
Each summer, we host a series of online presentations for the families of new students who are interested in learning more about their new relationship with Clark University. We encourage the families of New Clarkies to participate in some or all of our Clark Family Session series. These sessions are web/teleconferences featuring members of the Division of Student Affairs at Clark University covering pertinent topics related to the transition to college life.
These “workshops” are hosted online and all you need is a computer and an internet connection to take advantage of these sessions. We host the programs in an online learning environment that allows us take you through our presentation materials while making our sessions as interactive as possible. Through the internet you will be able to hear (and see) us. Each session features guest presenters, and our goal is to cover our material for half of the scheduled time and field questions for the remainder of our time together.