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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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Daiana Griffith

Politics Major
Nonprofit Organizing: Advocating for Prisoners' Rights
Through Lynk, this summer I had the opportunity to work with Black and Pink, which is a non-profit organization that works with incarcerated LGBTQ and HIV+ people on a national level through advocacy, direct service, education, and organizing. At this internship, I was in charge of organizing a book drive project for the LGBTQ population South Bay House of Corrections in Boston, doing court accompaniment for members facing hearings in the Boston Municipal Court, answering prisoners’ mail and directing them to the right resources, and doing research on housing discrimination of ex-felons to write an article on it for the organization’s newspaper. Through this experience, I learned about the inner-workings of the non-profit world and how to best advocate for causes we believe in. It also helped me realize that I might be interested in pursuing a graduate study in Criminology and Criminal Justice to later work at a non-profit.