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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 • 3:45pm - 4:40pm
Welcoming and Empowering the Next Generation from Coast to Coast

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This summer, each of us participated in internships that tackled the overarching issue of inadequate resource access across the United States. Our panelists held internships at an immigration law firm, immigration nonprofit organizations, and a federally-funded program that assisted first-generation and low-income students in navigating the college process. As we supported clients, assisted them with legal and health services, and facilitated workshops, we realized that there is more work to be done in terms of ensuring that immigrants, refugees, and first-generation and low-income students are given the tools to succeed in society. Our internships have inspired our future goals as we work towards a future that affords everyone the same opportunities, whether it’s the opportunity to become a citizen or to go to college and change the world.

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Liz Lierman

Executive Director, Career Development Center, Mount Holyoke College
Liz Lierman directs the Career Development Center at Mount Holyoke College. She leads a growing CDC that prepares students to navigate through careers that will include transitions and positions that don’t yet exist; provides opportunities for students to connect with employers... Read More →

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Iliana Enriquez

Empowering and Mentoring the Youth Today to Lead Tomorrow, Psychology and Education Major
This past summer I interned as an Assistant Academic Coordinator at an organization called USC Upward Bound. The program Upward Bound (UB) is an academic college preparatory program for high school students funded by the U.S. Department of Education and sponsored locally by the University... Read More →

Lysandra Joseph

Social Service to Social Action: A Multifaceted Approach to Immigration Reform, International Relations Major
The Latin American Coalition, a non-profit located in Charlotte, North Carolina, is dedicated to ensuring the success of Latin American immigrants in Charlotte. The Coalition provides access to resources through services such as crisis intervention, job assistance, and legal aid... Read More →
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Kimberly Mota

From Classroom to Law Office, Architecture Major
My academic career was greatly impacted by the Latinx studies program at Mount Holyoke. With time, I realized the influence that Latinx studies had on my academic career and goals. I was then challenged to figure out how to draw on my education in Latinx Studies in the service of... Read More →
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Jody Phelps

Santa Fe Dreamers Project: DACA, Detention and Navigating US Immigration Law, Geography and Spanish Major
This summer, Jody interned in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with the Santa Fe Dreamers Project. They are a nonprofit immigration law firm whose mission is to provide pro-bono legal services to Dreamers, and they have recently expanded to provide services to detainees who are petitioning the... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 3:45pm - 4:40pm EDT
Carr 102