“A choice doesn’t have to be perfect to be the right one” — Emily Kyte ’17, taking on risks and redefining bounds, to make a difference in the lives of refugees.

By MHC Development on June 22, 2016 at 1:50 PM

Emily Kyte ’17 (pictured kneeling) at a medical clinic in Jordan recording basic patient demographics in Arabic.

Emily Kyte ’17, a geography major and Arabic minor, left her comfort zone far behind to study abroad in Amman, Jordan this past spring semester. With support from Lynk-funding, she has taken on a new challenge this summer and is making a difference in the lives of refugees, working as an intern for Alhadaf, a non-profit in the Hashemite Kingdom that serves marginalized populations through education, training, psychosocial support services, and medical campaigns. So far this summer, she has designed and taught an ELL (English Language Learner) course for Iraqi refugees, worked with logistics and translation at a health clinic, and is helping to open a new community space for refugees. She writes to us from Jordan:

I started taking Arabic my first year of college. My "Arabic community" was the foundation to my community and finding my place/self at Mount Holyoke. The intensive, daily instruction gave me work ethic, and taught me to laugh at myself a little more and take more risks in all parts of my life. As a first-generation student (who would not be here without generous financial aid) from a nontraditional home structure, this was key to deciding to stay after a really challenging adjustment my first year. With an incredible degree of encouragement from Jordanians, Arabic speakers, and Arabic learners, quiet ideas turned into a reality. After lots of Facebook-stalking my Arab friends, YouTube videos, and "head-nods" from those who have lived in Jordan, my family approved of my decision. I am the first person in my family to ever really travel outside of the U.S., so this experience meant redefining bounds, meanings, and conceptions of the world for my entire family.
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Trustees Kait Szydlowski ’09 and Casey Accardi ’15 tell us their two cents. Why participation matters.

By MHC Development on January 29, 2016 at 8:42 AM

Why is FebruMary, and alumnae participation important to MHC? We asked our youngest alumnae trustees for their two cents:

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Namuun Purevdorj '15: "Mount Holyoke empowered me to pursue my passions and be impactful by equipping me with the tools for growth..."

By Namuun Purevdorj '15 on November 7, 2014 at 10:40 AM

I remember the impact of my first visit to Mount Holyoke as its stunning campus instantly captivated me. Between running to classes and racing with the deadlines for my papers, I continue to find myself in awe with the beauty that is constantly unfolding at Mount Holyoke College. The physical beauty reminds me of all the amazing opportunities I have been blessed with during my time here.

This past summer, for instance, through the McCulloch Center’s International Internships Program, I had the opportunity to intern in Indonesia for an innovative social enterprise. I was the communications and outreach intern for Kopernik, an NPO dedicated to bringing economic empowerment to remote, poverty-stricken communities by connecting them with simple, life-changing technology. I met the organization’s need for effective marketing for both its philanthropic and entrepreneurial work in Bali by directing fundraising and raising public awareness of their projects. This work provided beneficiaries safe and clean water, kerosene-free lighting and smoke-free biomass stoves that helped communities save for other necessities such as rice and school supplies. By helping raise the organization’s online and public presence, small businesses in Bali were introduced to water filtration systems that reduced their costs and saved energy.

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