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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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Sabine Rogers

Environmental Studies and French Major
Step-by-Step Sustainability: Combining Data-Driven Work and a Passion for the Environment
What does it mean to be a sustainable city? How do you measure the social, economic, and environmental vitality of a city and determine how well it is doing over time and compared to other cities? This summer I interned with the U.S. Green Building Council and worked on solutions to these questions through their Arc platform. Arc is a technology platform that allows cities to input data and receive a performance score, detailing their sustainability performance across five categories: energy, water, waste, transportation, and human experience. In this presentation, I will discuss how city data can be used in innovative and exciting ways to propel progress on climate change mitigation, social equity, water conservation and other key issues. I will reflect on the value of my internship as both a learning opportunity and a chance to contribute to a broader mission of advancing sustainability.