This event has ended. Visit the official site or create your own event on Sched.
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.
avatar for Michelle Araque Pérez

Michelle Araque Pérez

Critical Social Thought Major
Audre Lorde Project
This summer, Michelle interned at the Audre Lorde Project (ALP), whose offices are located in Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York and was founded in 1994. ALP is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirit, transgender and gender non-conforming people of color community-organizing center, which focuses on the New York City area. As an intern Michelle had a variety of responsibilities ranging from helping organize for rallies and protests to calling local hospitals and medical centers to finding information for safe places for transgender and gender non-conforming people of color to receive medical attention. Throughout her time at ALP, Michelle got to take part in activism and community organizing that seeks justice through decolonization, abolition of the police state and learning about alternative methods for community wellness.