Welcome to Senior Symposium! Today we celebrate the many extraordinary achievements of the Class of 2021 -- their hard work, perseverance, and brilliance! We have designed this year’s Senior Symposium as a virtual, day-long event. We have 132 students presenting from all over the world on 34 panels in almost every discipline and major offered at Mount Holyoke. Seniors are conducting research on gene therapy, climate change, and preparing for the next pandemic. They are writing theses and capstone projects on the gothic, queer studies, persistent multi-robot formations, reproductive health, and the Chicago Teachers Union. They have created new choreography, novellas, short films, and sustainable designs for local New England farms. We also have students presenting about their LYNK and Nexus opportunities on a series of panels at lunchtime that we call mini LEAP.

Explore the schedule below to see all of the remarkable intellectual and creative accomplishments that Mount Holyoke students have achieved, even in the most challenging of times. A special thanks to the faculty and staff who have advised and supported the Class of 2021 in their endeavors.

Congratulations in advance to our Seniors who are presenting today and to all of our beloved students in the Class of 2021.

The 2021 Senior Symposium will be presented via synchronous Zoom panels. Video links will be available in the Panel information 10 minutes prior to the panel start.

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Friday, April 16 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
LEAP - Behind The Scenes in Education

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Although all of our internships took drastically different forms, we all worked within organizations that focused on education but did not take part in much direct instruction ourselves. We maintained contact with students and teachers, but spent most of our time writing materials of different sorts, including grant applications and community building articles. When instruction is running smoothly, students may not be aware of how much work outside of the classroom or tutoring session (perhaps a zoom session in the case of COVID) allows their learning to take place. In this panel, we will be exploring different kinds hidden/behind the scenes work that enable education organizations to function. 


Saba Fiazuddin

Managing In Educational Non-Profit
I worked as a development intern at Huellas de Paz, an education non-profit in Managua, Nicaragua. I spent most of my time learning about and performing non-profit management tasks such as writing manuals for interns, looking for grants, drafting and then submitting grant applications... Read More →

Asha Gehring

Huellas de Paz Development Internship
I interned remotely at Huellas de Paz, a community center in Managua that supports youth leadership development. I spent my days organizing meetings/workshops to facilitate a cultural exchange program, assisting with English lessons, and wrestling with any number of daily technological... Read More →

Kexin Lin

Writing the Student Experience
I worked as a writer/editor intern last summer remotely in an international education company called Visionary Education. The main job responsibility is to write three articles concerning the life of Chinese international students studying abroad mostly in the U.S. I met with my supervisor... Read More →

Friday April 16, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
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