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Connections@Clark: Leadership and Community-Building for Students of Color

*Please note: Based on guidelines from the CDC and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, changes to the Connections@Clark program may occur

August 15-19, 2020

Do you identify as a student of African-, Latinx, Asian/Desi-, Native/Indigenous-American (ALANA), Pacific Islander, or multiracial decent? Do you want to be a change agent? Would you like the opportunity to be part of a community while you enhance your leadership skills? If so, consider attending Connections@Clark.

This four-day leadership-themed program provides incoming first-year and transfer students of color an opportunity to build community and be a change agent at Clark. If you’re interested in building community with other students of color, 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 and get to know a group of diverse students 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 field trips and Student Success Workshops (throughout the academic year) to continue to build new leadership skills; participants must attend small group meetings monthly during the academic year and check in with the office staff periodically)
  • 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, and we want to help you make those dreams a reality! Questions about the program? Feel free to contact Peyton Wu.

The Office of Multicultural and First-Generation Student Support provides ongoing opportunities for student engagement as well as student success workshops on various topics, including internships and résumé writing. Students are expected to attend to ensure they are supported throughout their transition to Clark.

* U.S. 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 Susannah Marcucci.


Students will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning June 3, so apply early. Applications received by June 24 will be prioritized.

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. — Campus Scavenger Hunt
  • 5 p.m. — Dinner
  • 6 p.m. — Check-in/small group meetings with mentors
  • 7 p.m. — Game Night

Students Perspective

View a short video on what our students think about our Connections@Clark Program.

Contact Information

Dean of Students

Office Location
  • 2nd Floor,
    Shaich Family Alumni and Student Engagement Center
  • 1-508-793-7423
Office Hours
  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday (closed from noon to 1 p.m.)