Core Values of an International Education

Mount Holyoke’s mission is “to prepare students for lives of thoughtful, effective, and purposeful engagement in the world.” In the face of rising nationalism and prejudice in this country and elsewhere, we reaffirm our commitment to uphold the core values of international education.

  • We unequivocally reject any categorization of groups based on their national origin or religion, and will stand up for any member of our community who is singled out in this way.

  • We fully support all students irrespective of differences.

  • We wholeheartedly embrace the College’s exceptional international diversity, which offers widespread and important opportunities to engage across difference on an individual basis and thus to learn to appreciate differences, become more open to new ways of thinking, and develop a greater sense of shared humanity.
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Community encourages conversation. Diversity elevates it. Meet some of the students, faculty and alums who call the community at Mount Holyoke home.
Image of Field Gate and presidential seal.
Acting President Sonya Stephens joined more than forty college and university presidents in signing a letter regarding the recent executive order.
Diana Wells of Ashoka will speak at Mount Holyoke College’s Global Challenges Conference on Feb. 16, 2018.
This year’s Global Challenges Conference focuses on changing global–local inequalities and features keynote speaker Diana Wells of Ashoka.
Photo of Sudiksha Joshi ’19
Sudiksha Joshi ’19 reflects on her first year at MHC—an adventurous journey from a hill station in the Himalayan mountain range that she calls home.
Image of students in social justice class
A class on social justice and religion teaches students to listen to their ideals and act on them for the greater good.
Liz Rose ’18 (left) with some of her Vietnamese students.
Six student-athletes spend part of the summer with the Coach for College program to teach sports and academics to middle-schoolers in Vietnam.
Image of Field Gate and presidential seal.
Students affected or concerned about their status should be in contact with the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives.
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Iraqi-American author and activist Zainab Salbi shared a global perspective on Islamophobia in the US and how to diversify the evolution of women’s rights.
A group of young mothers gather inside the community center in Managua, Nicaragua
Davis Projects for Peace winner Rosalyn Leban ’18 had plans to serve a community in Nicaragua. Civil unrest changed her project but not her commitment.
This is a picture of rural youth in Kenya celebrating receiving sexual and reproductive health information and hygiene products.
Tess Tuitoek ’21 brought her menstrual health and hygiene project to her ancestral village in Kenya.