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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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Trang Thu Hoang

Psychology Major, English Minor
Human Library Vietnam: Eradicating Social Prejudices through Open Dialogues
Coming to the unique “library” full of human “books” at one of the Human Library project’s events is a chance to tear down your preconceptions about a person’s identity, be it their gender, sexual orientation, appearance, disability, occupation or lifestyle. This summer, I had the opportunity not only to attend these events, but also to help organize them myself as a content creation manager in the Vietnamese branch. My presentation will be a reflection on the difficulties of working in a Southeast Asian country with a Western educational background, the power of dialogue in creating an environment of zero discrimination and mutual understanding, and coming to terms with different parts of my identity as I help others with their own.