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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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Theatre Major
Digital Journalism: A Tool for Social Change
Digital journalism can be an effective tool to promote social change. Not only is it an easily accessible medium with which to represent personal stories accurately, it is an effective tool to share information with other communities and policymakers. This summer Claire worked with Artists in Residence of Boston, collecting stories from the people of the South End about how mass incarceration has affected the community. They also worked on developing digital journalism programs for youths at a local community center, in the hopes of sparking an interest in activism and giving them the tools to act upon that interest. At LEAP Symposium, Claire will share her experiences with the programs that they developed. She will discuss challenges she faced working within this community as well as with the city, and how these experiences have shaped her future.