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Support for New Students

Pre-Orientation Programs for New Students

Multicultural and First Generation Student Support exists to provide you with a sense of community, resources and leadership tools to help you accomplish your goals. We offer two FREE Pre-Orientation programs that occur before Week One to provide you with a strong foundation for success during your time at Clark and future endeavors. Both programs will provide you with a Peer Mentor, an opportunity to make friends, connect with campus resources, and enhance your preparation for college life. ACE is most appropriate for new incoming first-years, while Connections@Clark is a great program for incoming first-years as well as new transfer students.

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Advancing Clark Excellence: The ACE Summer Institute

Summer Institute Dates: 8/4/19-8/21/19
Applications are due by May 27.

Apply for ACE

This program is open to incoming first year students who are either of ALANA (African-, Latinx, Asian-, and Native-, American) descent*, multiracial or the first in their families to attend college. During this program, you will take a .5-credit college math course and a .5-credit college writing course while participating in leadership and College 101 workshops to maximize your success. During ACE we also go on fieldtrips, explore the community, connect with faculty and administrators at Clark and build friendships that will last a lifetime. This is a great program for someone who wants to get a jumpstart on their college career and is ready to work hard and play hard as part of a community of scholars.

 

*Domestic students, DACA and Undocumented students are encouraged to apply. International students are encouraged to participate in the International Student Orientation. Feel free to contact our office if you are unsure which program is best for you.


ACE Graduation Requirements

Daysha GraduatingAt the end of each year, there is an ACE Graduation to celebrate the first years and seniors, who have completed their first and final years at Clark. Students who complete ACE requirements are eligible for a t-shift after their first year, and a medal to wear at graduation after their final year.

In order to earn the ACE t-shirt and be eligible for your Graduation Medal, students must satisfy the ACE Graduation requirements (click link below).

In order to earn the ACE Graduation Medal, ACE first-years must:

  1. Attend at least two MFGSS workshops a semester, for a total of 4 in their first year.
  2. Continue to attend monthly meetings with their ACE Mentor and “small group”
  3. Meet with the Multicultural and First Generation Student Support Director once a semester (whenever you think it will be most helpful for you).
  4. Complete an annual survey letting us know how you’re doing & how you’re working toward your goals (this will be sent to you in March).

In order to earn the ACE Graduation Medal, ACE sophomores, juniors and seniors must:

  1. Complete an annual survey letting us know how you’re doing & how you’re working toward your goals (this will be sent to you in March).
  2. Meet with the Multicultural and First Generation Student Support Director at least once an academic year.
  3. Attend at least one MFGSS workshop a year (you choose which, and this should help further your goals).

Graduating students have until April 5 to complete this, in order to attend the April ACE Graduation & receive your medal/t-shirt.

8:30 A.M.            Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) majors: College Writing

Other Majors: Quantitative Math

10:45 A.M.           STEM: Pre-Calculus

Other Majors: College Writing

12:00 P.M.            Lunch

1:00 P.M.              College 101: Maximizing Student Success

2:30 P.M.              Break

3:00 P.M.              Leadership Workshop: What are your TRUE Colors?

4:15 P.M.              Team-Building & Games on the Green

5:00 P.M.              Dinner

6:00 P.M.              Check-in – Small Group Meeting with Mentor

7:00 P.M.              Homework/ Study Hall/ Tutoring

9:00 P.M.              Fashion Show

Connections@Clark

connections photoProgram Dates: 8/18/19-8/21/19
Applications are due by June 26, with rolling admission beginning June 3.

This program is open to incoming first year students of ALANA/multiracial descent who want to be part of a community of socially-conscious emerging leaders. During this program, you will build lasting friendships with other students of color while developing your ability to be an inclusive leader and enhancing your tools for success at Clark. Programs include workshops on your strengths, hearing from current student leaders of ALANA descent, and participating in fun activities such as laser tag.

Apply for Connections

Time                  Activity

8:30 A.M.          What is Leadership? Developing Your Leadership Philosophy

10:00 A.M.        Student of Color Leadership Panel with ACE

11:00 A.M.        Team-Building on the Green

12:00 P.M.         Lunch

1:00 P.M.           Understanding Multiple Identities

2:30 P.M.           Leading to Make a Change

4:00 P.M.           Break

4:15 P.M.           Enhancing Communication and Public Speaking Workshop

5:00 P.M.           Dinner

6:00 P.M.           Check-in/ Small Group Meeting

7:00 P.M.           Game Night or Movies