Joy Maran ’19 is an international relations and economics double major with a Nexus concentration in global business. A member of Professor Jon Western's American Foreign Policy class, Joy and her fellow students used the Makerspace as a way to discuss the use, power and ethics of drone technology — by building their own drones.
Mary Lyon's famous words — “Go where no one else will go, do what no one else will do” — continue to inspire Mount Holyoke students today. There are more than 35,000 alumnae creating change around the world, and their journeys started right here at Mount Holyoke.
At MHC's three Academic Centers, students learn to act with intent and purpose, in the moment and on the path toward the future. They are empowered to become agents of change — globally competent, environmentally responsible, ready to lead.
Mount Holyoke exists to open minds. To empower students to explore new ideas and vigorously debate and examine any topic or issue - no matter how controversial or polarizing. To provide a space for students from different backgrounds, divergent beliefs and unique worldviews to think critically and advocate fearlessly for what they believe in. To support our students as they gain the skills needed to change the world.
When Mount Holyoke was founded in 1837, Mary Lyon envisioned a place where women from diverse backgrounds and modest means could learn, be challenged and grow. Today, 180 years later, our core mission remains the same: to offer students from all backgrounds an unparalleled educational opportunity that will prepare them for thoughtful, effective, and purposeful engagement in the world. The exceptional diversity of experiences that students bring — to the classroom, the campus and the alumnae network — ensures that Mount Holyoke graduates are ready to lead with confidence, engage in difficult conversations, serve their communities and thrive as global citizens.
Gifts to The Mount Holyoke Fund have a direct effect on every aspect of campus life and provide immediate support to the College’s most critical needs. When you choose a destination for your gift through The Mount Holyoke Fund, you put your money to work where it matters most to you.
Mount Holyoke College environmental studies majors Haley Rivers ’19 and Leila Kouakou ’18 spent the summer cataloguing submerged aquatic vegetation to study the health of the lower Connecticut River as part of their internships at the Tory Peterson Estuary Center in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Every day, rain or shine, they would paddle a canoe to various locations on the river to spend hours identifying and cataloging plants. They were replicating a 1997 study by Juliana Barrett of the University of Connecticut, and planned to compare their findings with the earlier study to assess the relative health of the ecosystem 20 years later.
Mount Holyoke is renown for its beautiful campus; now it is being recognized for its unique Campus Living Laboratory Initiative (CLLI). Using the natural landscape of our campus, students can study the complexity of diverse ecosystems and gain research experience in their own backyard. College faculty and students from more than two dozen courses currently carry out field studies and long-term water quality, climate, forest succession and wildlife research and monitoring projects around the campus.
As a “Living Laboratory”, the Mount Holyoke campus provides a multi-faceted learning environment that allows deep engagement with its ecology, history, infrastructure systems and culture. Students and faculty are able to study diverse ecosystems year-round, and the on-campus field station allows students and faculty to do this important research a short walk away, which is a strong advantage over many other higher education institutions.
The color green has helped define Mount Holyoke’s past — from Mary Lyon’s green velvet purse to our beloved Laurel Chain. It also represents our future — a commitment to taking progressive action to advance sustainability in campus operations, programming and the curriculum. By directing your gift to Sustainability Initiatives through The Mount Holyoke Fund, you are investing in restoration ecology research and our Campus Living Laboratory Initiative, campus-wide recycling and composting, peer education programs that promote sustainability, and so much more.
What are you passionate about? What defined your experience at Mount Holyoke? What matters most to you?
We all have unique interests and passions, but the Mount Holyoke community is united by our desire to make a positive impact on the world. Your support of Mount Holyoke makes that happen.
Gifts to The Mount Holyoke Fund are put to work immediately to address the College’s most critical needs, supporting the faculty, staff and students who are changing the world. When you give to The Mount Holyoke Fund, you can also choose the destination of your gift so you can have an impact where you want.
There are 11 different gift destinations where you can direct your support, including scholarship aid, athletics, sustainability initiatives, campus preservation, student life, etc. To learn more about the impact of your gifts and the various destinations, check out our landing page, and subscribe to this blog. We will be share student stories, videos and information about your impact all year.
Thank you to everyone who joined in the 1 week: $1 million challenge. Over 1,100 alumnae, friends, parents, and current students stepped up to take the challenge, raising a total of $459, 061 in new gifts. Thanks to this outpouring of support (including 380 people who made an additional gift this year), we maxed out our entire challenge pool of $450,000, raising over $907,925 for Mount Holyoke. What a way to end the year!