Hiring and Contracting
In addition to continuing our efforts to employ a more diverse faculty and staff, Clark will work to identify and contract with more women- and minority-owned businesses to provide services and supplies to the University.
Juneteenth Paid Holiday
As a research-university community, we must take the opportunity to learn together about the history of racism in this country and what that history and the experience of others can teach us about our own roles in effecting change. We will do this, of course, through research and coursework, lectures, and conferences. But some of this work will also have to be done by individuals and done in each person’s own way.
Toward that aim, Clark University will make June 19 — known variously as Juneteenth, Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and Emancipation Day — a paid day off for all employees. Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States.
By providing time away from work on this momentous anniversary, the University hopes to encourage reflection and promote awareness about the history of race in our country. And while this day occurs outside the normal academic calendar, our hope is to explore the opportunity for special related programming that could provide a special educational opportunity around this anniversary in service to the entire Clark community.
For 2021, please note that the University will observe Juneteenth several days after Saturday, June 19, which is the day before Commencement based on the modified academic calendar for the coming academic year.