Connections @ Clark Program

Leadership and Community-Building for Students of Color

Aug. 19 – 22, 2018

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.

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

  • Receive guidance from a team of peer mentors who are involved in a wide array of student organizations at Clark
  • Make friends before the semester begins
  • Participate in workshops on social justice, identity and how to be a change agent
  • Learn about Clark's resources and participate in interactive workshops that will help you discover or solidify your passions
  • 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!

*US Citizens, DACA recipients, Permanent Residents and Undocumented students are all encouraged to apply. International students are encouraged to participate in the International Student Orientation, through the Office of International Students and Scholars. If you are unsure which is right for you, feel free to contact Patty Doherty at pdoherty@clarku.edu.

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Students will be accepted on a rolling basis, so apply early.  Applications received by June 26 will get priority.

Sample Schedule

  • 9 a.m. – What is Leadership? Developing Your Leadership Mission
  • 10 a.m. – Team-building on the Green
  • Noon – Lunch
  • 1 p.m. – Complexity of Me: Understanding Multiple Identities, Power and Privilege
  • 2:30 p.m. – Student of Color Affinity Group Discussions 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.