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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.

Lysandra Joseph

International Relations Major
Social Service to Social Action: A Multifaceted Approach to Immigration Reform
The Latin American Coalition, a non-profit located in Charlotte, North Carolina, is dedicated to ensuring the success of Latin American immigrants in Charlotte. The Coalition provides access to resources through services such as crisis intervention, job assistance, and legal aid. They also provide naturalization workshops, do immigration advocacy, and organize events to celebrate Latinx culture. This summer, I interned with both the Naturalization Clinic and the Advocacy and Community Engagement office. Within the Naturalization clinic, I organized client files and helped with planning for the naturalization workshops. Within the Advocacy and Community Engagement office, I organized educational events about health, financial, and educational services in Charlotte and helped conduct a study to determine the areas of need within the Latinx community.
Particularly in today's political climate, it is vital to advocate for marginalized members of our society. The Latin American Coalition, with its multifaceted approach to promote justice and equity, is working towards meaningful change in immigration policy and in the lives of immigrants. My time at the Coalition has helped provide clarity for my future career goals and furthered my passion for immigrant rights.