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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
Cultural Translations: Asia-America

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The rise of technology and access has led to a fast track towards globalization and cosmopolitanism. However, with it has brought a set of new challenges and conflicts. We are four students who worked in a wide variety of fields to better facilitate, work with, and understand the cultural gaps between the East and the West. While some of our experiences have assisted in creating stronger ties and education between the two cultures, others have observed the negative consequences when cultural translations fail. Come join our panel to learn more about how the United States and its relationships with various Asian countries have shaped our understanding of cultural translations today.


Timothy Malacarne

Visiting Assistant Professor of Data Science


(4) Camille Gladieux

Timothy Malacarne, Sociology & Anthropology
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Carmen Huang

Cultural Gems in a Magnetic Field, Anthropology and East Asian Studies Major
Carmen will share what special events and community outreach look like at cultural institutions such as that of the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) in NYC. How do the development sectors of museums accrue funding and/or fundraise? What are ways in which museums are attracting... Read More →
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Sally Ma

Navigating Challenges: Unfamiliar Workplace and Sensitivity of Language, International Relations & East Asian Studies Major
While studying abroad in Shanghai, I interned at naked Discovery. This company provides creative lifestyle and learning services and is a space for children and professionals to develop or expand their learning and leadership skills. However, during my time with naked Discovery, the... Read More →
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Mengyao Xu

Clash of Cultures in Workplace, Economics and Math Major
I interned at Gap Inc. China in Shanghai in summer 2016. My position was Old Navy store ops (operations) intern, and my role was to support operations and communication between the management team in the office and the staff in local stores in various cities. I was responsible for... Read More →

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