Welcome, Maryland Engineers! The Clark School is excited to welcome you to campus this summer and fall! To support your transition to the Clark School, all new students are required to participate in ClarkLEAD—our signature onboarding program to help you feel welcomed, connected, and a sense of belonging in the Clark School. Explore your onboarding timeline below:

TerrapinSTRONG Required Onboarding Events:

ClarkLEAD - Sunday, August 28, 11am-4pm

When: Sunday, August 28th 11am - 4:00pm

  • Doors open at 10:45am and check-in at 11am

Where: The Hotel at The University of Maryland (2nd Floor)

Launch your experience at the Clark School with ClarkLEAD! Dean Samuel Graham, Jr. looks forward to welcoming you to the Clark School to help connect you to our community and meet fellow Clark School students. The ClarkLEAD journey begins with you completing an online leadership assessment tool to learn more about yourself and your leadership strengths. We will focus on strengthening the ways we can engage more effectively in team-based environments-- a critical component to engineering. The event also includes a Student Organization Fair where engineering organizations, academic departments, and student services offices showcase what they have to offer to Clark School students. Lunch will be served. 

Your Next Steps:

1. ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED - Register by August 14th for this required onboarding event

2. Take the CliftonStrengths Inventory by August 14th

This leadership assessment will take approximately 35 minutes and will report your Top 5 Signature Themes. 

Taking the inventory:

  1. Navigate to engumd.gallup.com
  2. If you have never completed CliftonStrengths (formerly StrengthsQuest and StrengthsFinder), click the green CONTINUE button and then click "create an account." You MUST use either your @umd.edu or @terpmail.umd.edu account under "email address" on the registration site.
  3. You will receive an email with an access code which you will need to enter in order to establish your account.  Once completed, you can log in to the CliftonStrengths site using your newly established username and password.
  4. Click continue and begin the instrument which takes approximately 35 minutes to complete.
  5. If you have completed the instrument in the past, you can login with your previous account to access your results. You can also reset your password if you no longer remember your password. Please only complete the instrument if you have not already done so.

After completing the inventory, review the following resources available through the online platform by August 28th (for the ClarkLEAD event):

  • Strengths Insight Guide
  • Signature Theme Report
  • Strengths Insight Action-Planning Guide
  • Reflect on the following question: A key component to engineering is to work collaboratively in a team environment. When looking at your top five strengths, how will you show up in a team environment and how can you leverage your talents to promote an inclusive experience with your teammates?

If you encounter issues, please contact clarklead@umd.edu.

Optional Events:

ENES099: TerrapinSTRONG: ClarkLEAD Community Conversations - September 12 to October 12

From mid-September to mid-October, continue your exploration of what it means to be a Clark School Terp through weekly 50 minute connections with other engineering students exploring  the importance of diversity and inclusion in engineering, best practices for engaging in inclusive engineering design, and strengthening our approaches to engaging in more inclusive ways with our peers.

Register for ENES099 in Testudo by the September 12 add/drop deadline

ENES338 Intergroup dialogue - August 30 - October 12

ENES338K: Equity & Inclusion in Engineering Design is a 1-credit course which fulfills the General Education Diversity Cultural Competence (DVCC) requirement. The course is limited to 40 students, with first-year engineering students given priority.

  • ENES338K, Section 0201: Tuesday's from 4pm - 6pm from August 30 - October 11
  • ENES338K, Section 0202: Wednesday's from 2pm - 4pm from August 31 - October 12

The course provides you with an opportunity to better understand the history of engineering, the role it has played in promoting exclusion, and how to advance equity through inclusive engineering design practices. This is a dialogue-based course which will allow you to engage in meaningful dialogue with your peers to consider ways in which you can show up to be a more inclusive engineer.

TerrapinSTRONG Required Onboarding Events:

Fall Transfer Welcome - Friday, August 26th (Save the date!) - Required for all external transfer students

All incoming external and internal transfer students are invited to join us for the annual Fall Transfer Welcome (FTW)! Designed to be an extension to orientation, this program will provide students with the opportunity to learn more about the Clark School and build community with other engineering transfer students. The in-person sessions focus on academics, student success and wellness, facility tours, and peer engagement. More information will be shared with students via email in the weeks leading up to the event. If you have any questions, please email transfer_engr@umd.edu

ClarkLEAD - Sunday, August 28, 11am-4pm

When: Sunday, August 28th 11am - 4:00pm

  • Doors open at 10:45am and check-in at 11am

Where: The Hotel at The University of Maryland (2nd Floor)

Launch your experience at the Clark School with ClarkLEAD! Dean Samuel Graham, Jr. looks forward to welcoming you to the Clark School to help connect you to our community and meet fellow Clark School students. The ClarkLEAD journey begins with you completing an online leadership assessment tool to learn more about yourself and your leadership strengths. We will focus on strengthening the ways we can engage more effectively in team-based environments-- a critical component to engineering. The event also includes a Student Organization Fair where engineering organizations, academic departments, and student services offices showcase what they have to offer to Clark School students. Lunch will be served. 

Your Next Steps:

1. ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED - Register by August 14th for this required onboarding event

2. Take the CliftonStrengths Inventory by August 14th

This leadership assessment will take approximately 35 minutes and will report your Top 5 Signature Themes. 

Taking the inventory:

  1. Navigate to engumd.gallup.com
  2. If you have never completed CliftonStrengths (formerly StrengthsQuest and StrengthsFinder), click the green CONTINUE button and then click "create an account." You MUST use either your @umd.edu or @terpmail.umd.edu account under "email address" on the registration site. 
  3. You will receive an email with an access code which you will need to enter in order to establish your account.  Once completed, you can log in to the CliftonStrengths site using your newly established username and password.
  4. Click continue and begin the instrument which takes approximately 35 minutes to complete.
  5. If you have completed the instrument in the past, you can login with your previous account to access your results. You can also reset your password if you no longer remember your password. Please only complete the instrument if you have not already done so.

After completing the inventory, review the following resources available through the online platform by August 28th (for the ClarkLEAD event):

  • Strengths Insight Guide
  • Signature Theme Report
  • Strengths Insight Action-Planning Guide
  • Reflect on the following question: A key component to engineering is to work collaboratively in a team environment. When looking at your top five strengths, how will you show up in a team environment and how can you leverage your talents to promote an inclusive experience with your teammates?

If you encounter issues, please contact clarklead@umd.edu.

Optional Events:

ENES099: TerrapinSTRONG: ClarkLEAD Community Conversations - September 12 to October 12

From mid-September to mid-October, continue your exploration of what it means to be a Clark School Terp through weekly 50 minute connections with other engineering students exploring  the importance of diversity and inclusion in engineering, best practices for engaging in inclusive engineering design, and strengthening our approaches to engaging in more inclusive ways with our peers.

Register for ENES099 in Testudo by the September 12 add/drop deadline

ENES338 Intergroup dialogue - August 30 - October 12

ENES338K: Equity & Inclusion in Engineering Design is a 1-credit course which fulfills the General Education Diversity Cultural Competence (DVCC) requirement. The course is limited to 40 students, with first-year engineering students given priority.

  • ENES338K, Section 0201: Tuesday's from 4pm - 6pm from August 30 - October 11
  • ENES338K, Section 0202: Wednesday's from 2pm - 4pm from August 31 - October 12

The course provides you with an opportunity to better understand the history of engineering, the role it has played in promoting exclusion, and how to advance equity through inclusive engineering design practices. This is a dialogue-based course which will allow you to engage in meaningful dialogue with your peers to consider ways in which you can show up to be a more inclusive engineer.

Do you have questions about the fall semester? Let us know what's on your mind by emailing clarklead@umd.edu


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