MoZone Peer Education Program

Grpahic 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

MoZone Peer Educators

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

Environmental studies major; Spanish minor

Allison Ping-Benguiat, class of 2022

Hi I'm Allison (she/her). I joined MoZone because I am interested in helping students build a foundation in social justice concepts and terms while continually learning more about various subjects and their nuances myself! In my free time I like to play guitar, draw, and play video games.

Emi Wilson ’23

Emi Wilson, class of 2023

Hi! My name is Emi. I grew up in Montana, and some of my favorite things to do involve being outside, listening to audiobooks and podcasts, and spending time with all kinds of plants, animals, and people. I’m especially passionate about social justice, and thrilled to become a part of MoZone. The work MoZone does gives me radical hope for a better world, and I appreciate always getting to learn from and grow with others in this work as well.

Grace Wason '23

Physics and Computer Science double major (prospective)

Grace Wason, class of 2023

My name is Grace Wason (she/her) and I'm from from Salt Lake City, Utah. I joined MoZone to widen my understanding of Social Justice work. I also feel that MoZone offers a safe and compassionate environment for transformative discussions regarding diversity, equity and inclusion.

Kate Murray ’22

Kae Murray ’20

Hi everyone! I’m Kate (she/her/hers), and I am 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, reading, baking, or playing my ukulele.

Sonya Carrizales ’23

Environmental Studies major; Education. minor (prospective)

Sonya Carrizales ”23

Hello, my name is Sonya Carrizales and I use she/her/hers pronouns. I am originally from Colorado and Wyoming, currently living in Massachusetts, and I’ve moved eleven places in between. I’m passionate about many things including but not limited to music, travel, education, sustainability, diving, volleyball, songwriting, and Tibetan Buddhism. When I’m not facilitating dialogues or doing work with MoZone, you can see me longboarding around campus, running to the WMHC booth to host my radio shows, performing at Thirsty Mind’s weekly open mic, or working a shift at Wa Shin An, our on campus Japanese teahouse and garden.

I applied to be a MoZone Peer Educator to become part of the solution to issues of discrimination and racial injustice. Throughout my time in MoZone, I’ve been learning how to actively stand up and call out behavior that perpetuates racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, and other forms of discrimination against marginalized groups while slowly dismantling my own white supremacy. In my process of unlearning structural oppression, I’ve been able to explore and acknowledge my identities of privilege as a straight, cisgender, middle class, non-black multiracial POC, which has helped me become a better ally and accomplice for people who come from oppressed identity groups. While my work with MoZone has transformed the way I look at societal issues, I’ve come to embrace the process of continual learning and daily action towards liberation.