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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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Molly Libbey

History Major
Increasing Accessibility and Incentivizing Engagement: Community-Building in a City of Nine Million
Molly Libbey spent her summer interning at House of SpeakEasy, an organization dedicated to increasing accessibility to literary works and fostering students’ love of literature. Working in the field of development, Molly gained valuable skills including grant research and writing, fundraising, and digital outreach. While advancement work, digital communications, and outreach events require different types of planning and programming, all necessitate community investment and engagement. Whether it was facilitating mentorship programs in New York City high schools or planning high-end fundraising galas to increase donor contributions, Molly learned the value of crafting community to accomplish goals and affect change within the larger community. Throughout the summer, House of SpeakEasy expanded their programming from Manhattan into Brooklyn and the Bronx, allowing them to serve triple the amount of students and get involved in new and exciting communities. Fostering a sense of community and creating change in a city of nine million can seem impossible, but this presentation will highlight the myriad ways that nonprofit organizations can do so.