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

August 18-21, 2019

Do you identify as a student of African-American, Latinx, Asian/Desi-American, 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 three-day, leadership-themed program is designed to provide 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 & get to know a group of diverse students before the semester begins 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 fall semester 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; we want to help you make those dreams a reality! Questions about the program? Feel free to contact Hayley Haywood.

The Office of 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 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 Patty Doherty.


Students will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning June 3rd, so apply early.  Applications received by June 26th 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.