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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
The Past, Present, and Future of the LGBTQ Community around the Globe

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This summer, panelists Eisha Khan, Michelle Arque, Lindsay Theobald, and Allison Elliott had one common mission and that was activism within the LGBTQ community. Having worked at Audre Lorde Project, Michelle worked on the present and future of people of color within the LGBTQ community. On the other hand, having worked at the Lesbian Herstory Archive, Lindsay gained a rich background in the history of the lesbian community. Moreover, Allison also worked for Herstory, but she worked in a different department and gained a completely different experience. As for Eisha, she worked with the Transgender Initiative Office in Karachi where she developed an understanding of the the history of violence against the transgender community, their current standing within Pakistan, and what can be done for them. The range of experiences the panelists have gives one an idea of how activism is not a limited field - there is so much that can be done.


Timothy Malacarne

Visiting Assistant Professor of Data Science


Allison Elliott

Archival Processes, Gender Studies and Politics Major
Over the summer, I did an internship at the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Brooklyn, New York. My responsibilities at the archives were to organize and categorize the large banner collection consisting of materials gathered from political protests and/or marches from the mid-to-late-twentieth... Read More →
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Eisha Khan

Venturing into the World of Social Entrepreneurship, Math Major
Over the summer, Eisha ventured into researching her socially-driven for-profit business model, which is a restaurant. The social aspect of the business is that Eisha wants to create opportunities of employment for the marginalized transgender community in Pakistan. At large, her... Read More →
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Michelle Araque Pérez

Audre Lorde Project, Critical Social Thought Major
This summer, Michelle interned at the Audre Lorde Project (ALP), whose offices are located in Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York and was founded in 1994. ALP is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirit, transgender and gender non-conforming people of color community-organizing center, which... Read More →
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Lindsay Theobald

A Global View of Lesbian Material, English Major
For the summer, Lindsay worked at the Lesbian Herstory Archive in Brooklyn, New York. As a community-based volunteer archive, the organization has made its mission the preservation of the herstory of the lesbian community and in doing so has amassed the largest collection of lesbian... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 1:30pm - 2:25pm EDT
Carr 102