Hiwoté Akalu

Harriet Newhall Fellow

Hiwoté displaying her class pride at convocation

Hiwoté Akalu, class of 2014, is a double major in International Relations and Economics who plans to continue her study of political economy in graduate school. Hiwoté belongs to both the Ethiopian Student Association of the Five Colleges and the Mount Holyoke African and Caribbean Students Association (MHACASA). She is also a Student Advisory member for the McCullough Center for Global Initiatives, a role in which she collaborates with faculty and other on-campus offices to make global education an integral component of the Mount Holyoke curriculum. When asked to share her favorite aspect of Mount Holyoke, Hiwoté answered, “the diversity on campus!” According to Hiwoté, the diversity, combined with the “welcoming and friendly atmosphere,” is what allows this campus to truly feel like “home away from home.” When she’s not studying, you’ll find Hiwote reading, sketching or relaxing with friends.