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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.
Friday, October 20 • 2:45pm - 3:40pm
Dialogues within Our Community: Updating our Connections

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Whether it comes in the form of a tweet, a YouTube video, or a demonstration to the public, communication is vital for making meaningful connections. Over the summer, our panelists worked in a variety of fields; they developed social media visibility for a private American Sign Language school, worked to increase campus involvement in the botanic garden at Mount Holyoke, helped to plan and oversee a camp for children that focused on teaching peaceful solutions to everyday problems, and worked in a living history museum. Each internship position had diverse needs and challenges, with one common goal: expanding the method and means of communication. This panel will explore the ways in which the panelists worked towards this goal and the field-specific challenges they each faced along the way.


KC Haydon

Associate Professor of Psychology and Education

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Melissa Curran

Environmental Studies Major, Environmental Advocacy in the National Parks
The National Parks Service was created to preserve some of our nation’s most unique landscapes, for the health of the environment, and for public recreation. My internship this summer was at Prince William Forest Park in Virginia, and included fieldwork to preserve the area, as... Read More →
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Expanding the Online Presence for an ASL School, Psychology Major
Martha had the pleasure of interning with SIGNING Basics, a private American Sign Language school in Springfield, MA. This work allowed Martha to develop and expand her ASL skills, as was expected; but there was much more, beyond this, to be gained. Martha researched various aspects... Read More →
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Kate Ouimette

Eat Your Vegetables: Cultivating a Connection to History, History Major
Why should we care about 19th-century squash varieties or plants that are considered roadside weeds today? Cultivating a person's interest in this kind of history can be a daunting task, but drawing connections to the past can help us understand the contexts in which our current society... Read More →
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Mairead Rose Tuttle

Promoting Peace and Justice, Economics and French Major
Issues concerning peace and justice exist all over the world. This summer, I had the opportunity to work with an organization that promotes education about these issues in northeastern Pennsylvania. Throughout my time with the Interfaith Resource Center for Peace and Justice, I had... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 3:40pm
Kendade 305