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Community Achievement and Student Empowerment (CASE) believes every student should have the opportunity to succeed in higher education. CONNECTIONS is an initiative to assist first-year students of color with their transition to Clemson University. In CONNECTIONS, we believe that students of color at Clemson University are scholars who will achieve positive change in themselves, the Clemson Community, and the world. Participants in CONNECTIONS will engage in experiences related to personal development, academic engagement, culture and diversity, campus involvement, and support networks. We will also provide a diverse group of Sophomore and Upperclass student leaders in terms of majors, social identities, and experiences to serve as peer mentors for our participants. These mentors are equipped to support our students in navigating their first-year transition and maximizing their unique Clemson experience.

Program Note: Students interested in participating in the CONNECTIONS program while also living in the CUBS or RISE community should contact DeOnte Brown, Assistant Dean of Students, at

What To Expect

  • Peer Mentoring
  • Social Events
  • Networking with University Faculty and Staff
  • Weekly Shared Learning Experience (Self and Career Development)

Did You Know?

  • 88% of the 2016-2017 CONNECTIONS Mentees said that the LLC contributed to their academic engagement and 91% said that the LLC contributed to their personal development!
  • CONNECTIONS participants become leaders in the Clemson Community through participation in Clemson Undergraduate Student Government, Council on Diversity Affairs, Minority Recruitment Team, Orientation Ambassador, Resident Assistants, Clemson University Tour Guides or create their own recognized student organization.
  • The 2017-2018 CONNECTIONS group consists of participants from South Carolina as well as Georgia, Maryland, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia.

Student Perspective

“CONNECTIONS as a whole has been an invigorating experience. I’m so happy that I was given the opportunity to be in CONNECTIONS because I know for a fact that if I had of not been in CONNECTIONS, then Clemson would have been harder to get used to and I wouldn’t have found out so many things about myself. Because of CONNECTIONS, I’ve developed more as a person and I met some amazing people!” –Katora Jackson

Quick Facts

  • Size: 70 Students
  • Location: Holmes Hall
  • Roommate Policy: May only request other program participants
  • Restrictions: All Majors Welcome, Coed
  • Application: When you sign up for Housing & Dining, you will need to select CONNECTIONS from the list on the Community Choice page. Also, you will need to click here to complete the program application.
  • Fee: None Required

 Contact Information:

DeOnte Brown
Assistant Dean of Students
Community Achievement and Student Empowerment

Sarah Dumas
Coordinator, Student Transitions and Family Programs
902 Edgar Brown University Union

Jennifer Loh
Graduate Assistant, Student Transitions and Family Programs
902 Edgar Brown University Union