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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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Kate Farmer

Chemistry Major
The Sun Rises Still: Using Policy Advocacy to Create Brighter Futures for Children Impacted by Trauma
Panelist Kate Farmer spent her summer interning with the Alaska Resilience Initiative, a nonprofit responsible for supporting resilience work and statewide responses to adverse childhood experiences. Driven by a dedication to promote healthy futures for children impacted by trauma, Kate was excited to be involved with a start-up in her home state that seemed to be making a difference.

Her responsibilities included meeting facilitation, social media management, and trauma-informed systems research; she found this relevant to coursework in developmental and abnormal psychology, as well as the psychology of racism. This independent learning culminated in a presentation that Kate delivered to her supervisor, which influenced the organization's work guiding the Anchorage School District through its Trauma Sensitive Schools transition. 

Kate is grateful for the opportunity to become involved with trauma-informed policy advocacy and systems change, and feels like her work this summer will impact Alaskan children in the future.