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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 • 12:30pm - 1:25pm
Rebuilding the Foundation

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This summer Anne, Brie, Kate, and Youtee all worked to rebuild foundations in different ways for those in their community. Anne helped people create their own health and wellness programs, rebuilding their bodies, minds, and overall well-being. Brie set up conferences and panels about Afro-Caribbean cultures. She worked to rebuild perceptions about the cultures and reached out to the younger generations through discussions and the arts. Youtee worked with youth and helped break down the negative perceptions of hip-hop music and its connection to violence. Kate created media and marketing campaigns that rebuilt perceptions about men who had been previously incarcerated and addressed the environmental impact of home deconstructions. Rebuilding foundations was not easy, and it took a lot of work and commitment. Yet, by the end of the summer, these four women not only helped rebuild the foundations around them but also rebuilt foundations of themselves.


Moderators
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Mara Breen

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education

Speakers
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Anne Demosthene

The Wellness Design: Building a Holistic Foundation, Computer Science Major
S.L. Designs is a Parisian street-wear fashion company that aspires to stay current, relevant and fresh. In June 2017 they grew into a lifestyle brand that promotes wellness as an integral part of their mission. Along with accessibility, and technology, wellness is recognized as a... Read More →
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Kate Hall

Psychology Major, Experiencing Positive Culture Shock while Working Abroad
I interned this past summer at Cint UK, a data technology and software company in London. Here I worked as a sales analyst, looking over various reports and information in order to help the company get a better handle on their clients. I also designed my own presentations and research... Read More →
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Briyana Joseph

By the Community, for the Community, Psychology and Sociology Major
My mission at The Little Haiti Cultural Complex was to present and preserve Afro-Caribbean cultures, while inspiring the next generation of leaders. I worked on rebuilding the foundation in my community by leveraging arts and culture as tools for transformation. The majority of my... Read More →
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Youtee Wheagar

B.U.I.L.D, Africana Studies Major
Over the summer, I worked at a hip-hop therapy program in Oakland called Beat, Rhymes, and Life. BRL is committed to eliminating health disparities by partnering with youth and young adults to make mental health services more accessible and useful to diverse populations. Most of the... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 12:30pm - 1:25pm
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