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At LEAP, nearly 300 Mount Holyoke students present about their internships and research experiences. You will hear from future policy makers, activists, entrepeneurs, data scientists, teachers, researchers, and market analysts. Most will tell stories of unmitigated success and transformative learning. Others will share details of unexpected challenges they faced, and how they were required to shift and adapt in response. Students worked in 42 countries in every imaginable field. They will discuss important issues of social justice, relate how they met challenges of communication and expression in new contexts, and talk about how to find and succeed in summer internships.

LEAP is designed to give students who aspire to undertake internships and summer research the opportunity to learn from their peers. It is also for the whole Mount Holyoke community where family, friends, faculty, staff and our alumnae come together to celebrate the work and contributions of the presenters.

We are hugely impressed by students in College 211 and inspired by their individual success and collective learning. Their work in bringing the LEAP Symposium to fruition was exceptional. We thank the faculty, staff, alumnae, donors, and internship and research providers whose contributions have make this event possible.

LEAP presenters: Congratulations.
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Friday, October 20 • 1:30pm - 2:25pm
Education, Empowerment, and Individuality in Japan

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How do we respectfully integrate Japanese and American culture while empowering and educating students? How does one traverse cultural boundaries? How do we successfully bridge the gaps between languages? How can we empower Japanese youth without imposing our western ideologies? This past summer, all four of our panel members interned in Japan and taught in classrooms. Through the examination of our individual experiences, our panel will address English education, women’s empowerment, classroom culture, and cross-cultural experiences. We will share our internship roles and responsibilities while discussing life outside of the classroom, and examine both the challenges and the value of living abroad and teaching in Japan.

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Amy Grillo

Visiting Lecturer in Psychology and Education, Mount holyoke College

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Jamesa Allen

Cultures Converge in the Classroom, Sociology Major
This summer I had the opportunity to intern as a Group Leader for the Youth Empowerment Program with GPI US.  During my four weeks in Japan I traveled to four schools in different cities all over the country. I got to experience a wide variety of Japanese lifestyles with different... Read More →
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Alyssa Jones

At Home in a Foreign Country, English Major
Is it possible to feel at home while living abroad? My summer internship took me to Japan, where I traveled to four different high schools to teach a program that focused on empowerment and the English language. For the duration of this internship, my living situation was one of the... Read More →
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Erin Murdock

Women's Empowerment in Japan, Environmental Studies and Gender Studies Major
This summer I interned for GPI US, a company dedicated to Japanese youth empowerment. I spent June and July in Boston before traveling to Japan in August. In Boston, I coordinated youth empowerment programs at local universities. In Japan, I moved to a new city each week where I was... Read More →
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Nicole Aline Pelletier

English Education in a Changing World, Art History and East Asian Studies Major
In one of the most technologically-advanced nations in the world -- known especially for its historically extensive involvement with international exportation -- it may be surprising that Japan’s English Language Education (ELE) system does not focus primarily on developing advanced... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 1:30pm - 2:25pm EDT
Kendade 107