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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
Scaling Development Policy of Sub-Saharan Africa: Local to Global Perspectives

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Within the breadth of policy-making, development, and education, Sub-Saharan Africa offers a vast range of opportunities. The members of this panel dispersed their interests and skills among the fields of community engagement, local and international government work, and scholarly research, thus assessing Sub-Saharan Africa from within its many socio-political environments. These panelists challenged their knowledge of what it means to: explore the differences of education systems in Ghana, build peace after war from locals and NGOs in Liberia, develop sustainable business environments through policy research with the Ghanaian government, practice diplomacy at the United Nations, and develop economic data on health and education for numerous African states. As they come together in the panel, "Scaling Development Policy of Sub-Saharan Africa: Local to Global Perspectives," Donari, Javeria, Rhema, Edith, and Sabah invite you to explore how the conventional notions of development were challenged during their internships and share in their experiences that incite cross-cultural discussion.


Girma Kebbede

Professor of Geography

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Edith Amoafoa-Smart

A Summer at the UN: Lessons in Diplomacy & International Policy Creation, French and International Relations Major
This summer, I was a participant and primary witness to the upscaling and downscaling processes involved in the formation of international law and policy, and to the impact of the practice of diplomacy on domestic policy creation. Interning with the United Nations through the Permanent... Read More →
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Rhema Ewurama Andah

The Space Where the Ghanaian Courts Meets Development, International Relations Major
Ghana’s economy is expanding rapidly. There has been an influx of international organizations and corporations into the country. For some, doing business in Ghana has been a wonderful experience; however, for others, it has been a tiring and dreadful experience. As a result of this... Read More →
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Javeria Kella

Beyond Textbook Theories: Peacebuilding in Post-Conflict Liberia, International Relations & Geography Major
The dialogue on war and peace has existed throughout time. Historically, textbooks have conceptualized post-conflict states as inadequate entities, and peace has been glamorized and associated with the civilized men. Today, we associate these civilized men with international institutions... Read More →
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Sabah Majid Lotia

Health and Economics: a New Approach to Health Policy, Economics Major
In today’s world, some of the greatest health policy challenges are economic in nature. Whether they are global, community or individual-level healthcare systems, such macroeconomic and microeconomic fundamentals affect our lives on a daily basis. As a result, making efficient policy... Read More →
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Donari Yahzid

Reconceptualizing Education in Ghana: How Acquiring Knowledge Builds a National Identity, Anthropology and Politics Major
Throughout time, people have grown to conceptualize a “proper” education through the rigid constraints of formalized institutions. We often neglect the knowledge gained without a degree for scholarly evidence and reputable sources. But what of those who cannot afford a formal... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 1:30pm - 2:25pm EDT
Cleveland L1