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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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Isabelle Tan

History Major, Computer Science Minor
Behind the Scenes: Enforcing Civil Rights
The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) is a civil rights law enforcement agency which investigates cases involving discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation. As an investigative intern, I was primarily investigating cases of discrimination in employment and writing depositions on probable or lack of probable cause that discrimination had happened. Interning with the MCAD exposed me to how the law can be used to enforce civil rights, as I was allowed to attend and participate in various legal proceedings such as investigative conferences, intake, public hearings and appeals.