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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.

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Session I [clear filter]
Friday, October 20
 

12:30pm

Cultural Translations: Asia-America
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.

Moderators
TM

Timothy Malacarne

Visiting Assistant Professor of Data Science

Speakers
4C

(4) Camille Gladieux

Timothy Malacarne, Sociology & Anthropology
avatar for Carmen Huang

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 →
avatar for Sally  Ma

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 →
avatar for Mengyao  Xu

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
Reese 316

12:30pm

Design Across Borders
“Design Across Borders” presents cross-continental perspectives in the interdisciplinary field of architectural design. The panel encompasses the thought processes, research and design principles that different cultures, traditions and geographies learn and influence. It offers four worldly perspectives, as the students come from Ethiopia, Nepal, Malaysia, and the United States. The panelists utilized their knowledge and experience gained in Mount Holyoke studios, courses and seminars and applied it to develop projects in fields related to architecture. The design experiences range from residential, commercial and ecological to sustainability metrics and general contracting for simple to complex spaces. The panelists brought their knowledge and perspectives to small private firms and international non-profits. These internships allowed the panelists to gain practical skills in a wide range of fields within architecture and encouraged them to address key issues within the building design and construction industry.

Moderators
MD

Michael Davis

Professor of Art History, Mount Holyoke College

Speakers
avatar for Nicole  De Araujo

Nicole De Araujo

Design to Construction: Combining the Two Worlds of Architecture, Architecture Major
My internship was divided into two parts to explore both the construction and design aspect of the architecture field. First I interned at Space4 Architecture, a firm based in New York. There I created scaled foam models, 3-D renderings and an installation piece. This expanded my... Read More →
avatar for Shikha  Thakali

Shikha Thakali

Sustainable Design, Architecture & Economics Major
This summer, I worked as an Arc and Buildings intern for the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in Washington D.C. Within USGBC, I worked primarily with Arc Skoru Inc., a new technology company launched by USGBC that allows any project, whether a single building, a community, or... Read More →
RW

Ruth Wondimu

Learn, then Experience Architecture, Architecture & Geography Major
For the past summer, I interned at Breeze consultancy, an architectural and engineering firm in Ethiopia. In the first couple of weeks, I learned the digital softwares AutoCAD and Revit. Although I had taken a digital design class at Mount Holyoke, I hadn’t realized how the need... Read More →
2S

(2) Sara-Ann Yong

Naomi Darling, Art History and Architectural Studies


Friday October 20, 2017 12:30pm - 1:25pm
Clapp 218

12:30pm

Environmental Research, Restoration, and Rehabilitation
As we learn more about the environment and our impact on it through our studies, we find it crucial to apply those concepts to the field and broaden our idea of what a classroom can be. While we range in our interests, we share the common goal of protecting and restoring the environment. Our individual internships include wildlife rehabilitation of birds in Eastern Oregon, aquatic vegetation study in Connecticut, coral research in Thailand, and wetland restoration research in New England. Though our experiences were varied, we can all agree that it is important to not only do research to understand the challenges our environment is facing, but to develop and implement a plan to address these challenges in the future.

Moderators
JA

Jason Andras

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

Speakers
avatar for Emma  Lynch

Emma Lynch

Coral Damage Due to Human-Driven Factors on the Island of Koh Lipe, Thailand, Biology Major
Through the International Sustainable Development Studies Institute (ISDSI) in Thailand, I completed an independent research project on coral reefs and the effects that tourism has on them. In the first week, out of six, I engaged in an intensive Thai language course. For four weeks... Read More →
avatar for Haley  Rivers

Haley Rivers

That Which Lurks Beneath: Submerged Aquatic Vegetation, Environmental Studies Major
For nearly two months, I spent close to twenty hours a week canoeing through scenic coves, following the directions of a Garmin GPS to close to 1,500 sampling points predetermined using GIS technology. I was in Lyme, Connecticut continuing a twenty-year-old study on the composition... Read More →
MS

Marge Seguin

Researching Restoration and Researching Research: What My Summer Internship Taught Me, Environmental Studies and Philosophy Major
Understanding the impacts of wetland restoration is an important part of informing this practice. In order to figure out which methods will best improve the ecosystem functions of wetlands, different restoration efforts need to be examined. This summer I helped contribute to this... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 12:30pm - 1:25pm
Cleveland L1

12:30pm

Growing & Sharing the Environment with Local and Global Communities
Our panel explores the intersections between growing, sharing, and learning about sustainability through agriculture, gardening, environmental research, and outreach. In Pioneer Valley, New England and abroad, we cultivated connections as researchers, workers, and educators. Leila experienced working for an environmental nonprofit on research and education in Connecticut. Lynn learned about the botanic garden at Mount Holyoke and developed online tools for plant education. Izzy farmed at Book & Plow Farm in Amherst and developed a plan to reduce local food waste. Eleanor helped educate about sustainable agriculture at LIFE Monteverde in Costa Rica. Shannon researched and recommended food system sustainability advancements at Mount Holyoke. Each panel member combined their interest in the environment and sustainability with communications and community outreach, understanding the importance of education to further sustainability initiatives.

Moderators
TF

Timothy Farnham

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies

Speakers
avatar for Eleanor

Eleanor

Sustainable Farming at LIFE Monteverde, Environmental Studies Major
Eleanor was a sustainable farming intern at LIFE Monteverde, a coffee farm in Monteverde, Costa Rica. There, she assisted a graduate of the University of Costa Rica in his research project measuring the volume of wood and carbon from Cypress trees, an exotic species, located on the... Read More →
avatar for Leila  Kouakou

Leila Kouakou

Go With the Flow: Education and Research on the Connecticut River Estuary, Environmental Studies Major
Leila conducted research on submerged aquatic vegetation in the Connecticut River Estuary for the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center of Connecticut Audubon. Revisiting a 20-year-old study in the same area, she collected data on the diversity, density, and distribution of aquatic plants... Read More →
avatar for Shannon Paton

Shannon Paton

Shannon worked in coordination with the Miller Worley Center for the Environment and Mount Holyoke Dining Services as a Campus Food System Sustainability Fellow. She researched and analyzed Mount Holyoke’s current practices to understand its current AASHE Stars Sustainability Ratings... Read More →
IP

Izzy Putnal

Hands in the Dirt: Connecting People and Food on Book & Plow Farm, English Major
Over the summer, Izzy worked on Book & Plow Farm in Amherst, MA. She worked with five other crew members to grow fruits, vegetables, and flowers for Amherst College and the larger Amherst community. Working on the farm, she seeded, planted, cared for, harvested, and delivered vegetables... Read More →
avatar for Lynn Shen

Lynn Shen

From Dirt to Grid: Gardening on a College Campus, Environmental Studies Major
Lynn spent the summer at the Botanic Garden of Mount Holyoke College. Under the guidance of the Garden staff, she had hands-on experience with horticulture and plant cultivation. On top of that, she worked with two other interns as a research team to look into the history of the garden... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 12:30pm - 1:25pm
Cleveland L3

12:30pm

Justice for Whom? Advocacy, Defense and Law
To these five panelists, an advocate is someone who supports, advises, defends, and protects the rights of others. Whether by working to obtain green cards for same-sex couples, representing minors in cases of parental abuse, or preventing someone from being evicted from public housing due to a criminal arrest, advocates play a crucial role in helping clients navigate complex administrative and legal systems. This summer, these panelists worked as advocates in different, and often competing, arenas. Their internships ranged from a district attorney’s office to non-profit family law, a public defense organization, an immigration law firm, and refugee resettlement services. Despite their differing positions working within and against various U.S. systems, these panelists learned the importance of representing clients in a way that centers clients' needs, desired outcomes, and complicated notions of ‘justice’.

Moderators
avatar for Vanessa Rosa

Vanessa Rosa

Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies, Mount Holyoke College

Speakers
avatar for Violet Fortier

Violet Fortier

Leading the Way on the Path to Citizenship, English Major
Following the election of Donald Trump and the administration’s subsequent immigration restrictions, individuals seeking U.S. citizenship face increasing difficulty when navigating institutions such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and United States Citizenship and Immigration... Read More →
avatar for Jenna

Jenna

Victim Witness Advocate for the DA of Suffolk County, History and Psychology and Education Major
This summer, I interned for the District Attorney of Suffolk County in the Dorchester District Court. I was assigned to intern with Victim and Witness Advocates (VWAs), whose job is to orient those affected by crimes to the criminal justice system. Thanks to this incredible internship... Read More →
avatar for Juliana  LaMendola

Juliana LaMendola

Advocacy: Refugee Resettlement, Anthropology Major
Out of the 65.6 million displaced men, women and children around the world, less than 1% are resettled. Every person should have the right to a safe life, free from fear of persecution. Advocacy for refugees is necessary, obligatory, and is needed now more than ever before. Through... Read More →
avatar for Alondra Reyes

Alondra Reyes

Decriminalizing Poverty: Advancing a Holistic Model of Public Defense Law in the Bronx, Gender Studies and Politics Major
For those living in the overpoliced and underresourced community of the Bronx in New York City, contact with oppressive legal systems is often unavoidable. The Bronx Defenders--a non-profit public defense organization--works to combat this racialized and gendered criminalization of... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 12:30pm - 1:25pm
Reese 304

12:30pm

Language Spaces
We explored the different languages of math, nature, humanity, and tinkering. These fascinating experiences encompassed the beauty of fluency, hidden messages, innovation, and the origination of new thought. At the Exploratorium, we engaged in tinkering research and development. In Vietnam, we heard voices of citizens through translation. At New York Parks and Recreation, we listened to nature and sought solutions for climate resiliency. In Alabama, we spoke in numbers, theorems, and patterns. During our internships, we faced language barriers in encountering new vocabulary, forming accurate responses, and engaging with unfamiliar materials. Through support from colleagues, we developed novel skills and adapted to our workplace environment. We completed our internships with a newfound sense of confidence and with a community of languages. This panel will investigate strategies for environmental sustainability, proofs and counterexamples of patterns, ways that language permeates culture, and facilitation of equitable tinkering education.

Moderators
avatar for Amy Grillo

Amy Grillo

Visiting Lecturer in Psychology and Education, Mount holyoke College

Speakers
avatar for Miralva  Gusmao

Miralva Gusmao

Carrying Across, Psychology Major
My internship consisted of editing previously-translated texts from Vietnamese to English. These texts ranged from articles about ancient citadels and old craftsmanship to current, political or travel articles. Each file represented a slice of Vietnamese history and culture and gave... Read More →
avatar for Radhika  Kashyap

Radhika Kashyap

Garden In The Sky, History & Geography Major
This summer I interned at the New York City Parks and Recreation Department for the sustainable facilities division. I researched various emerging technologies that the organization wanted to pilot. I also assisted with grant writing justifications, which helped fund the New York... Read More →
avatar for Maria-Luiza  Taskova

Maria-Luiza Taskova

Math - the Language of Patterns, Computer Science & Math Major
This summer I participated in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Algebra and Discrete Mathematics at Auburn University, Alabama. The team gathered every day with our advisors to discuss open problems. We studied together and taught each other; we talked about ideas... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 12:30pm - 1:25pm
Carr 102

12:30pm

Rebuilding the Foundation
This summer Anne, Brie, Kate, and Youtee all worked to rebuild foundations in different ways for those in their community. Anne helped people create their own health and wellness programs, rebuilding their bodies, minds, and overall well-being. Brie set up conferences and panels about Afro-Caribbean cultures. She worked to rebuild perceptions about the cultures and reached out to the younger generations through discussions and the arts. Youtee worked with youth and helped break down the negative perceptions of hip-hop music and its connection to violence. Kate created media and marketing campaigns that rebuilt perceptions about men who had been previously incarcerated and addressed the environmental impact of home deconstructions. Rebuilding foundations was not easy, and it took a lot of work and commitment. Yet, by the end of the summer, these four women not only helped rebuild the foundations around them but also rebuilt foundations of themselves.


Moderators
avatar for Mara Breen

Mara Breen

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education

Speakers
avatar for Anne Demosthene

Anne Demosthene

The Wellness Design: Building a Holistic Foundation, Computer Science Major
S.L. Designs is a Parisian street-wear fashion company that aspires to stay current, relevant and fresh. In June 2017 they grew into a lifestyle brand that promotes wellness as an integral part of their mission. Along with accessibility, and technology, wellness is recognized as a... Read More →
avatar for Kate Hall

Kate Hall

Psychology Major, Experiencing Positive Culture Shock while Working Abroad
I interned this past summer at Cint UK, a data technology and software company in London. Here I worked as a sales analyst, looking over various reports and information in order to help the company get a better handle on their clients. I also designed my own presentations and research... Read More →
avatar for Briyana Joseph

Briyana Joseph

By the Community, for the Community, Psychology and Sociology Major
My mission at The Little Haiti Cultural Complex was to present and preserve Afro-Caribbean cultures, while inspiring the next generation of leaders. I worked on rebuilding the foundation in my community by leveraging arts and culture as tools for transformation. The majority of my... Read More →
avatar for Youtee Wheagar

Youtee Wheagar

B.U.I.L.D, Africana Studies Major
Over the summer, I worked at a hip-hop therapy program in Oakland called Beat, Rhymes, and Life. BRL is committed to eliminating health disparities by partnering with youth and young adults to make mental health services more accessible and useful to diverse populations. Most of the... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 12:30pm - 1:25pm
Clapp 407

12:30pm

Rising above the Pipeline: Integrating Research and Practice
Expecting poor academic and social outcomes can have debilitating effects on children and young adults from high-need and at-risk communities across our country. With this new awareness, supporting and reacclimating high-risk children has increasingly become a priority. The first step for helping today’s youth is to recognize the need for integrated, as well as culturally and developmentally appropriate, community supports. Our Lynk experiences enabled us to investigate and pursue new approaches that will enable vulnerable children to gain control over their own lives and resist the cycle of disadvantage. Through each of our Lynk internships, we mentored or conducted research with children and young adults. This provided us insight into the social, emotional, behavioral, and technical strengths and challenges of children and youth from all different communities.

Moderators
JS

Jared Schwartzer

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education

Speakers
avatar for Kaitlin Braz

Kaitlin Braz

Autism and Social Experiences: Embracing Challenges and Celebrating Victories with a Popsicle in One Hand and a Pool Tow, Psychology and Education Major
Social exclusion has been found to have debilitating emotional, physical, and cognitive effects on individuals; for children with mental health conditions, social stigma often causes this type of demoralizing isolation. Through my Lynk internship, I sought to reverse this cycle by... Read More →
avatar for Madeline  Derentz

Madeline Derentz

Sharing is Caring: Do Children Follow the Golden Rule?, Psychology Major
Child development research continues to grow every day. After working in a social development lab at Boston University, I understood how developmental research impacts this expanding field within psychology. Over the summer, I helped tackle important research questions pertaining... Read More →
avatar for Haley Subocz

Haley Subocz

But What about the, Psychology Major
When children with serious behavioral and emotional difficulties are involved with the court system, they’re often labeled as unfit for society. Generally, these youths face countless barriers to reenter the community. This summer, I worked with a team of interns at a philanthropic... Read More →
avatar for Talia

Talia

Social-Emotional Learning: Research in the Classroom, Psychology and Education Major
Talia spent her summer as a research assistant in a community-based participatory research partnership between UMass Amherst (Individual Differences in Development Lab) and the Holyoke public schools to support social-emotional interventions. Strengthening the relationship between... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 12:30pm - 1:25pm
Clapp 206

12:30pm

The Art of Effective Communication
What do internships in equestrian lifestyle, the apparel industry, health and wellness, and radical interfaith politics have in common? They all have a united focus on journalism and communications on a local and global scale. This panel seeks to elaborate on the ways in which each intern learned to be proactive self-advocates in a professional setting. Using the interdisciplinary skills learned through a liberal arts education, each intern utilized the power of communication to engage with target audiences and navigate the office environment.

Moderators
TB

Todd Brewster

Visiting Senior Lecturer in English

Speakers
avatar for Allegra  Dufresne

Allegra Dufresne

Whose Job is it Anyway?: Making the Best Out of Unexpected Situations, Critical Social Thought Major
When I stepped into the office of Tikkun, a Berkeley-based radical interfaith magazine, I was greeted with “Welcome! Your supervisor is away all summer and we don’t know what to you with you!”. This presentation will be about how I faced the challenge of training somebody to... Read More →
avatar for Emily

Emily

Equestrian Living Magazine: from Intern to Contributing Writer, English Major
Equestrian Living Magazine, an internationally-published equestrian lifestyle magazine, allowed me the opportunity to combine two of my passions – horses and writing. As an intern, I performed various tasks including transcribing interviews, researching horse show venues, and reaching... Read More →
avatar for Adrianna  Ke

Adrianna Ke

The Subtle Art of Communication, Economics Major
In this panel, I will be talking about how to maximize the effect of communication by understanding the subtlety of words. Communication is based on common understanding; however, because of individuals' different worldviews, we understand and misunderstand everyday. It is essential... Read More →
avatar for Isoke Samuel

Isoke Samuel

Avocados, Crystals, Leggings and the Journey to Finding My Voice In A Lifestyle Publication, English Major and Nexus in Journalism and Media
Well+Good is a premier lifestyle and news publication focused on health and wellness. As an incredibly niche publication, their following consists of loyal readers and fans who are constantly trying to live healthier and happier lives. During my internship at Well+Good, I worked closely... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 12:30pm - 1:25pm
Kendade 303

12:30pm

The Common Bond Between Real-World Applications and the Different Disciplines of Chemistry
Our panel is comprised of four chemistry majors doing research in varying disciplines within the field of chemistry in different regions of the United States. All of our projects are rooted in the same chemical system, but the knowledge and the research methods used are purposed for different environments. Our research projects span over a wide spectrum of topics including physical chemistry, computational chemistry, polymer chemistry and biomedical chemistry. During our panel session we hope that we can show diversity in chemical techniques used and the potential and importance for future directions stemming off of our summer research projects.

Moderators
W

Wei

Marilyn Dawson Sarles, M.D. Professor of Life Sciences and Professor of Chemistry

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra

Alexandra

Atmospheric Chemistry: Understanding Aerosol Particles and How They Are Affected by Our Changing Environment, Chemistry Major
Aerosol particles play an important role in Earth’s atmosphere. Clay and mineral dust aerosol particles are of particular interest, and scientists are currently researching these particles to better understand their optical properties. This past summer I conducted research at the... Read More →
avatar for Emily Graham

Emily Graham

Hydrogen-Bonded Polyaramid Brush Growth on Silica Surfaces, Chemistry Major
The industry of surface coatings traditionally focuses on attaching polymers to a surface through secondary bonds, but the use of upright covalently-attached polymer brushes opens new doors for the industry. This summer I conducted research in the Boyes Lab at The Colorado School... Read More →
avatar for Yuan  Tian

Yuan Tian

Effect of Oxygen Vacancy on Proton Binding Site Energies of 12.5% Y-doped BaZrO3, Chemistry & Philosophy Major
The proton conductivity of perovskites makes them a promising material for fuel cells. A recent experimental study suggested that oxygen vacancies caused by doping the perovskite can enhance proton conduction. We considered twenty-three Glazer distortions as well as three previously-optimized... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 12:30pm - 1:25pm
Cleveland L2

12:30pm

The Justice League: Law, Advocacy, and Public Policy
Peace and progress are built through dialogue. In their internships, members of this panel listened, advocated, bridged divides, and explored policy solutions to problems of injustice, inequality and government inaccessibility. We held internships with PartnersGlobal, the American Foreign Service Association, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and the offices of Senators Warren and Gillibrand. In our presentations, each of us will reflect on how our experiences as public service interns supported our development into future change makers. We will address the challenges, frustrations, and feelings of inadequacy associated with careers that require us to reconcile our ideals of peace and progress with what we can practically accomplish, and discuss the innumerable ways in which our summer internships expanded our sense of community and our vision of our future careers.

Moderators
CM

Christopher Mitchell

Assistant Professor of International Relations and Politics, Mount Holyoke College

Speakers
avatar for Nada Al-Thawr

Nada Al-Thawr

Impact Beyond Ourselves, Computer Science and International Relations Major
As international students, it’s sometimes difficult to connect the work we do in the US to our homes. Coming from Yemen, I knew that I wanted to contribute to the peacemaking process back home somehow, all the way from D.C. this summer. Interning at PartnersGlobal was the way to... Read More →
avatar for Kelly  Bentdahl

Kelly Bentdahl

“I’m an Educator Not a Litigator:” Balancing Enforcement and Teaching in Anti-Discrimination Law, Philosophy Major
The Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination was founded in 1946. Though its jurisdiction has expanded greatly since then, its mission remains the same: to eradicate discrimination in the state of Massachusetts. In pursuit of this goal, the Commission is empowered to enforce... Read More →
avatar for Niamh Gronningsater

Niamh Gronningsater

From the Classroom to U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's New York City Office: Fostering a Constituent Rapport, Politics Major
This summer, I had the privilege of working as a Constituent Affairs Intern at the New York City office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Born and raised in New York City, I focused on local politics and contributed ideas which reflected my values as a constituent, woman, and student... Read More →
avatar for Maryanne Magnier

Maryanne Magnier

International Relations Major
This summer I got the chance to intern at Senator Elizabeth Warren's office in Washington, DC. I attended briefings, wrote memos, communicated with constituents, and more (I got to hear Ben Carson speak!). It was a really cool experience to see the inner workings of a prominent senator's... Read More →
SE

Sofia Elisa Rivera

Superhuman Service and the People Behind Them, International Relations Major
The American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), the professional association and labor union of the United States Foreign Service, recognises and awards the exemplary service of its fellows each year. As the Awards and Outreach intern this past summer, I got to meet and get to know... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 12:30pm - 1:25pm
Kendade 203

12:30pm

Youth Empowerment: Breaking Barriers, Building Community
Young people are our future, and education is a fundamental building block to their success. This past summer, each of us worked with nonprofit organizations that focus on advancing educational equity for underserved youth through various modes of learning and empowerment-driven programming. We engaged with young people through structured programs that center on food justice and sustainable community development, college preparedness, disrupting generational poverty through educational activities, and connecting sports leadership to classroom success. Our panel will discuss our varied positions as educators navigating underserved communities while striving to empower young folks to reflect on their lived experiences and take action. We invite you to join us as we talk about the challenges and rewards of being educators and youth workers and how we hope to build on our summer opportunities in the future.

Moderators
avatar for Dr. Jen Matos

Dr. Jen Matos

Visiting Lecturer in Psychology and Education, Mt. Holyoke College
I teach in the Psychology and Education Department at Mt. Holyoke College, and I offer courses on social justice issues in Education.

Speakers
JH

Jenna Hill

Callaloo for the Community: Food Justice, Civic Engagement, and Youth Education, Gender Studies Major
This summer Jenna served as the Bike and School Garden Leader for Groundwork Somerville’s environmental and urban agriculture youth jobs program “the Green Team” for high school youth in Somerville, MA. She was responsible for leading the youth crews in agricultural and environmental... Read More →
avatar for Liz Rose

Liz Rose

How Two Summers Changed My Career Path, Art History and Psychology Major
Liz worked with a non-profit called Elm City Internationals in New Haven, Connecticut for the past two summers. Her role as an intern included working one-on-one with the boys, making worksheets for the books the younger cohort read, helping the high school boys write social justice... Read More →
avatar for Brandy Williamson

Brandy Williamson

Harlem Children's Zone/The Power of Non-Profit Organizations, Psychology and Education Major
Imagine entering a program at the age of eight years old and then thirteen years later interning for the same program in your own community. This summer Brandy Williamson interned at Harlem Children’s zone, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to disrupt the cycle of generational... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 12:30pm - 1:25pm
Kendade 305