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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
Empowering Learners to Become Future Leaders

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“To teach is to learn twice” - Joseph Joubert

Despite our differing interests, we explored dimensions of entrepreneurship, language acquisition, sustainability and their intersection with the field of education. Through our internships, we connected the theoretical knowledge we have acquired in our Mount Holyoke courses with practical application in unconventional learning environments. The intercultural and technological exchanges in which we participated allowed us to act as stepping stones for the young and old learners we met. A valuable lesson that we all learned from our summers was that even though we were in positions of teaching and coordinating, we were just as much students in our individual experiences.

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Kirk Lange

Associate Director, McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives and Director of International Experiential Learning, Mount Holyoke College
As Associate Director of the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives, Kirk Lange works with other academic centers, faculty, and external partners to advance cross-cutting priorities like Global/Local and the Social Innovation Initiative. He also helps students connect and extend... Read More →

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Fatema Ali Asghar

The Intersectionality of Foreign Languages and Education, International Relations Major
This summer I interned at the International Language Institute of Massachusetts, a private, not-for-profit language school located in Northampton, Massachusetts. Its mission is to promote intercultural understanding by providing high-quality language instruction and teacher training... Read More →
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Cailin Van Nevel

Change is Simple: Supporting the Environmental Movement through Education, Environmental Studies Major
This summer, I interned at Change is Simple Inc., a small, nonprofit organization whose mission is to teach elementary school-aged children about environmental issues and sustainability. I was able to both work with students and plan and execute curriculum as well as further applications... Read More →
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Bernadette Norman

Teaching English Abroad: the Discrepancy of English Education for Migrant Children in China, Romance Languages Major
With the largest population on the planet, China has over 30 million migrant children in its cities. These children’s access to social welfare services such as healthcare and education is significantly limited. This summer I interned at a not-for-profit organization called Stepping... Read More →
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Crystal Seo

Computer Science Major
Many people imagine computer science internships as just sitting in front of desks and staring at a screen for hours coding. It seems like it does not require as much interaction with other co-workers and to not share ideas and work collaboratively. However, computer science is indeed... Read More →

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