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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.
avatar for Youtee Wheagar

Youtee Wheagar

Africana Studies Major
Over the summer, I worked at a hip-hop therapy program in Oakland called Beat, Rhymes, and Life. BRL is committed to eliminating health disparities by partnering with youth and young adults to make mental health services more accessible and useful to diverse populations. Most of the work I did all contributed to dispelling the notion of hip-hop as violence and pushing the narrative of hip-hop as a healing tool instead. I worked in the Program and Youth Showcase departments. The program department consisted of BRL’s East Bay summer workshop. I helped facilitate workshops that produced music that increased youth voice, healthy expression, and skill development in the areas of critical thinking skills, prosocial expression, conflict resolution, and positive peer relationships. At the end of the workshop series, the youth had the chance to perform their songs at the annual youth summer showcase B.U.I.L.D: Building, Unifying, Investing, Learning, Developing. This was pertinent to the idea of validating the youths' experiences and expression in music that not only heals but builds as well.