MoZone Peer Education Program

Graphic of the MoZone logo: MoZone Peer Educators

“You cannot change any society unless you take responsibility for it, unless you see yourself as belonging to it, and responsible for changing it." — Grace Lee Boggs

Mount Holyoke College's Field Gates. Photo by Michael Malyszko

MoZone is a social justice peer education program led by trained students who provide hands on training and facilitate interactive dialogues.

Our Mission

To increase awareness of social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion issues on campus by providing students with shared language and knowledge.

Our Purpose

To provide students with tools and knowledge about the available resources within Mount Holyoke and surrounding communities; create a shared understanding of difference and diversity of experience at MHC by providing a space where students can engage in difficult conversations about issues of diversity and social justice

Goals

To create and circulate social justice education curriculums, and other educational programmatic initiatives facilitated and coordinated by trained student leaders and educators by:

  • delivering 2-3 hour modules/ workshops particular topics at the request of the various students, student organizations, offices and departments;
  • sponsoring various educational programs (i.e., Allyship week, More Than An Ally Panel);
  • supporting and assisting students in navigating peer to peer cross-cultural conversations;
  • facilitating workshops during campus visit days and new student orientation;
  • and, organizing awareness campaigns which support current social justice issues on campus, the surrounding, national, and global community.

Workshops

The MoZone Peer Education Program currently offers the following workshops: 

  • Foundations of Social Justice
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Race and Racism
  • Nationality and Nation of Origin
  • Religion and Spirituality

These workshops can be presented to student organizations, residence halls floors, living learning communities, student leadership groups, peer education groups, class rooms, and more.

If you or your group would like to participate in one of the workshops listed above, please fill out the workshop request form.

For more information about MoZone, contact Latrina L Denson, associate dean of students, Community and Beonging.

Meet the Peer Educators

Allison-Ping Benguiat ’22

Allison-Ping Benguiat ’22

Hi there, I'm Allison (she/her). I joined MoZone because I'm interested in helping students and staff build a strong foundation in issues of social justice. Being a peer educator is a great way to build upon skills such as compassion and critical thinking, all whilst connecting with the Mount Holyoke community in an engaging educational environment. 

Emi Wilson ’23

Emi Wilson, class of 2023

Hi! My name is Emi and I‘m a junior at Mount Holyoke. I grew up in Montana, and some of my favorite things to do involve being outside, making food or art, and spending time with animals and people. I‘m thrilled to be a part of MoZone as a Peer Educator. The work MoZone does gives me hope, and I appreciate always getting to learn from and connect with others in this work as well. Please reach out for anything anytime— I‘m excited to meet you! 

Grace Wason '23

Grace Wason ’23

Grace Wason (they/she, class of ’23) is from Salt Lake City, Utah. They are a Data Science and Psychology double major. They joined MoZone to widen their understanding of Social Justice work and its place in the Mount Holyoke community. Grace also feels that MoZone offers a safe and compassionate environment for transformative discussions regarding diversity, equity and inclusion. This has been pivotal in their own growth, and they are excited to bring that education to other members of the community.

Kate Murray ’22

Kate Murray

Hi everyone! I’m Kate (she/her/hers, ’22), and I am a Senior and the Student Fellow for MoZone! I first became interested in social justice work during the first semester of my first year, when I took Mount Holyoke’s weekend-long Intergroup Dialogue course on race and racism. That experience really got me thinking about how one’s individual identities and the ways in which they intersect shape how they perceive the world and how the world perceives them. I became certified as an Intergroup Dialogue facilitator, which led me to join MoZone! I’m passionate about bringing these important conversations regarding identity, intersectionality, diversity, and inclusion to the Mount Holyoke community because I believe they offer immense opportunities for growth and empathy, both individually and collectively. 

When I’m not actively pursuing social justice work (which is never done!), chances are I’m spending time outdoors, publishing my opinions in the MHN, or working on my thesis.

Sonya Carrizales ’23

Sonya Carrizales ’23

Hello, my name is Sonya Carrizales (she/her/hers), and I am originally from Colorado and Wyoming. I enjoy writing songs, going on walks, doing yoga, and playing board games with my family in my spare time. I joined MoZone to learn more about social justice activism and promote an equitable, inclusive community at Mount Holyoke. 

Kayla Scott-McDowell ’24

Kayla Scott-McDowell ’24

Hi everyone! My name is Kayla and I am a peer educator for MoZone! I am majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in sociology. I became interested in MoZone because I wanted to continue my advocacy and work in social justice. I also wanted to deepen my knowledge on how to make an inclusive environment for everyone. I am excited to be part of a group that makes a difference!

Outside of MoZone, I play basketball, exercise, travel, and enjoy doing outdoor things. I also like to hang out with my friends and family.

Lasya Priya Rao Jarugumilli ’23

Lasya Priya Rao Jarugumilli ’23

Henlo friends!! I’m Lasya, an international student from Mysuru, India. Attending a diverse institution like Mount Holyoke has taught me a lot about the world of social justice, but has also made me think critically about how people from different races, countries, cultures, ethnicities, religions, and walks of life can engage with each other and work together to create a better world. With MoZone, I’m learning to ask the important questions and to find answers in people’s stories, in books, in podcasts, in poetry, and even in my own past experiences. I’m especially interested in the intersections of class, nationality, race, gender and sexuality, among a world of other things including world politics and quantum mechanics!

Maille Romulus, ’24

Maille Romulus, ’24

Hi, My name is Maille Romulus (She/Her). I’m a sophomore, class of 2024. I’m a political science major, Gender studies, and education minor. I was born in Haiti, I moved to Brooklyn, NY at eight years and have lived there ever since. I really like talking, so please come and say, hi. 

I joined MoZone because I believe we all have a responsibility in conquering white supremacy.  I believe the work we do in MoZone actively making the campus a safer, inclusive, and respectful place.

Maitreyi Subedi ’23

Maitreyi Subedi ’23

Hello everyone! My name is Maitreyi (she/her). I grew up in West Hartford, CT and I currently live in Austin, Texas. In my free time I like to watch cooking shows, dance to hits from the '70s, and learn new languages. I joined MoZone because I want to help the Mount Holyoke College community develop to be an inclusive environment where everyone feels welcomed. I also want to widen my own knowledge of social justice and learn how to make a positive impact in my community.  

International Relations major/ Spanish minor (prospective)/ Law, Public policy, and Human Rights Nexus.

Simran Kaur, ’22

Hello everyone! My name is Simran Kaur (she/her/hers), and I’m from Hanover, New Hampshire. I joined MoZone my first year because I wanted to broaden my understanding of social equity, as well as learn how to approach varying situations of social injustice. I also wanted to encourage others to think about these concepts that make us uncomfortable (and that teach us a lot about ourselves and our communities!). I hope to continually create an open and welcoming space within MoZone, so we can all continue thinking about diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts. MoZone has hugely influenced my perspectives over the past two years, and I love that I can continually learn from other people in this space. I’m excited about the future of our program, including the impact MoZone will leave on our peers and larger campus community. Outside of MoZone, I am also a violinist in the MHC Orchestra and a member of the MHC Rowing Team!