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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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Briyana Joseph

Psychology and Sociology Major
By the Community, for the Community
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 time working at the complex was spent in the Caribbean Marketplace which spans 9,000 square feet. Some specific examples of the work I did include: setting up for the Haitian prime minister's press conference, planning our weekly farmers' market, and coordinating a panel discussion. Indubitably, the leadership qualities that I've gained at Mount Holyoke were useful in everything I did. I was confident and poised while giving tours of an over-20,000 square-foot complex and while speaking to the Haitian prime minister. I managed numerous projects and even directed and conducted my own big event, which required the interpersonal and networking skills that MHC has helped me develop.