Connections @ Clark Program

 Pre-Orientation Program for Students of Color

Aug. 21 – 23, 2017

Do you identify as a student of African-American, Latinx, Asian/Desi-American, Pacific Islander, Native/Indigenous-American and Multiracial (ALANA) decent? Do you want to be a change agent? Would you like an opportunity to be part of a community while enhancing your leadership skills? If so, consider attending Connections @ Clark prior to Week One orientation.

This two-day, leadership-themed program is designed to provide ALANA and multiracial first-year and transfer students with the tools for a successful transition to Clark. If you're interested in building community with other ALANA students and enhancing your leadership skills, this program is for you! By participating in Connections, you will:

  • Receive guidance from a team of peer mentors, and meet with the director twice each semester of your first year to ensure you are supported during your time at Clark
  • Make friends within the ALANA community, before the semester begins
  • Learn about Clark's resources and participate in interactive workshops that will help you discover your passions and find your path to success
  • Attend social events and participate in the annual Millennium Leadership Conference (in November) and CLUE Workshops (throughout the academic year) to continue to build new leadership skills
  • Bond with the group through fun social activities like laser tag or bowling

Previous leadership experience is not required to participate. We define leadership as wanting to have a positive impact on whatever community you are part of; we want to help you make those dreams a reality!

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Students will be accepted on a rolling basis, so apply early.

Sample Schedule

  • 9 a.m. – What is Leadership? Developing Your Leadersip Mission
  • 10 a.m. – Leading to Make a Change
  • 11:00 a.m. – Team-building on the Green
  • Noon – Lunch
  • 1 p.m. – Complexity of Me: Understanding Multiple Identities
  • 2:30 p.m. – ALANA Leadership Panel w/ACE
  • 4 p.m. – Break
  • 4:15 p.m. – Workshop: Enhancing Communication and Public Speaking
  • 5 p.m. – Dinner
  • 6 p.m. – Check-in/small group meetings with mentors
  • 7 p.m. – Laser tag

Continued support during the year

Multicultural and first-generation student support provides ongoing opportunities for student engagement as well as workshops on various topics, including internships, résumé writing and the annual Millennium Leadership Conference. Students are expected to attend  small group meetings monthly during the fall semester and check in with the office staff to ensure they are supported throughout their transition to Clark. If you need more information about this program, please do not hesitate to contact Hayley Haywood.