Welcome, Engineering Terps! The Clark School is excited to have you join us this fall. To support your transition to the Clark School, all new students are required to participate in TerrapinSTRONG—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 - The Clark School Onboarding Program

Kickoff & Engineering Picnic and Student Organization Fair - Sunday, August 29, 12pm-3:30pm

Virtual Kickoff Event

When: Sunday, August 29th 12 - 1:30 PM

Where: Virtual (Zoom) - Check your email for the Zoom link information

Launch your experience at the Clark School with the ClarkLEAD Kickoff! Dean Robert Briber looks forward to welcoming you to the Clark School during a 75-minute virtual event to help connect you to our community and meet fellow Clark School students. 

Engineering Picnic and Student Organization Fair

When: Sunday, August 29th 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Where: Front lawn of Martin Hall under the tent - bring your UID, no tickets or advance registration required

After the Kickoff, join us on campus for the Engineering Picnic and Student Organization Resource Fair! This event will include student organizations, academic departments, and student services offices showcasing what they have to offer to Clark School students. Come join us for some good FREE food, fun, music and a complimentary Clark School t-shirt!

ENES099: TerrapinSTRONG ClarkLEAD - September 13 to November 19

From mid-September to mid-November, continue your exploration of what it means to be a Clark School Terp through bi-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 by the September 13 add/drop deadline

ClarkLEAD Strengths Week - September 8 to 12

All first-year and transfer students are required to attend a 90-minute CliftonStrengths training this September. This will include completing the online leadership assessment tool to learn more about themselves and their leadership strengths, and 90-minute training session which will focus on strengthening the ways we can engage more effectively in team-based environments-- a critical component to engineering.

Register for ClarkLEAD Strengths Week by Sunday, August 29th!

Students will attend one of the scheduled trainings via Zoom:

Wednesday, September 8
5pm - 6:30pm

Thursday, September 9
5pm - 6:30pm

Sunday, September 12
3pm - 4:30pm

Take the CliftonStrengths Inventory by September 3rd

Your first task is to complete the CliftonStrengths training by September 3rd. This 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.  Otherwise, the system will not give you access to complete the CliftonStrengths instrument.
  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 September 3rd:

  • 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.

ENES338 Intergroup dialogue - October 19th - December 9th (optional)

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 100 students, with first-year engineering students given priority.

  • ENES338K, Section 0201: Tuesday's from 12noon - 2pm from October 19 - December 7
  • ENES338K, Section 0202: Thursday's from 2pm - 4pm from October 21 - December 9

Registration Instructions: Email your name and UID to globalengr@umd.edu to request permission to enroll in ENES338K.

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 27th, 10AM - 2PM

All incoming external and internal transfer students are invited to join us for the Fall Transfer Welcome on August 27th! This year, the FTW will be held as a hybrid event, with a combination of virtual and in-person engagement opportunities. 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. Sessions focus on academics, student success and wellness, facility tours, and peer engagement. More information about the program will be shared with all incoming transfer students via Canvas. If you have any questions, please email transfer_engr@umd.edu

ClarkLEAD - The Clark School Onboarding Program

Kickoff & Engineering Picnic and Student Organization Fair - Sunday, August 29, 12pm-3:30pm

Virtual Kickoff Event

When: Sunday, August 29th 12 - 1:30 PM

Where: Virtual (Zoom) - Check your email for the Zoom link information

Launch your experience at the Clark School with the ClarkLEAD Kickoff! Dean Robert Briber looks forward to welcoming you to the Clark School during a 75-minute virtual event to help connect you to our community and meet fellow Clark School students. 

Engineering Picnic and Student Organization Fair

When: Sunday, August 29th 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Where: Front lawn of Martin Hall under the tent - bring your UID, no tickets or advance registration required

After the Kickoff, join us on campus for the Engineering Picnic and Student Organization Resource Fair! This event will include student organizations, academic departments, and student services offices showcasing what they have to offer to Clark School students. Come join us for some good FREE food, fun, music and a complimentary Clark School t-shirt!

ClarkLEAD Strengths Week - September 8 to 12

All first-year and transfer students are required to attend a 90-minute CliftonStrengths training this September. This will include completing the online leadership assessment tool to learn more about themselves and their leadership strengths, and 90-minute training session which will focus on strengthening the ways we can engage more effectively in team-based environments-- a critical component to engineering.

Register for ClarkLEAD Strengths Week by Sunday, August 29th!

Students will attend one of the scheduled trainings via Zoom:

Wednesday, September 8
5pm - 6:30pm

Thursday, September 9
5pm - 6:30pm

Sunday, September 12
3pm - 4:30pm

Take the CliftonStrengths Inventory by September 3rd

Your first task is to complete the CliftonStrengths training by September 3rd. This 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.  Otherwise, the system will not give you access to complete the CliftonStrengths instrument.
  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 September 3rd:

  • 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.

ENES099: TerrapinSTRONG ClarkLEAD - September 13 to November 19 (optional)

From mid-September to mid-November, continue your exploration of what it means to be a Clark School Terp through bi-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.

ENES099: TerrapinSTRONG ClarkLEAD is optional for transfer students. Register for ENES099 in Testudo by by the September 13 add/drop deadline.

ENES338 Intergroup dialogue - October 19th - December 9th (optional)

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 100 students, with first-year engineering students given priority.

  • ENES338K, Section 0201: Tuesday's from 12noon - 2pm from October 19 - December 7
  • ENES338K, Section 0202: Thursday's from 2pm - 4pm from October 21 - December 9

Registration Instructions: Email your name and UID to globalengr@umd.edu to request permission to enroll in ENES338K.

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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