Campus Updates

Please visit the Campus Updates page for information on Mount Holyoke’s response to the global pandemic. The Opening the Gates website contains the plan for the fall semester. FAQs are being updated regularly.

Social Innovation Initiative in 2017

Seasoned and emerging social innovators secured high-value mentoring and seed funding to scope, implement, and sustain projects around the world in 2017. Entrepreneurship Coordinator and Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Organizations and Society (EOS), Rick Feldman, helped students advance project ideas through EOS courses and personalized mentoring. Students proposing projects from the Dominican Republic to Zimbabwe were awarded competitive seed funding, including:

  • Angelica Mercado ’19 and her non-profit effort, Educacion Sin Limites
  • Sara Harda ’19, president and co-founder of  e-nitiate coding camp in Morocco
  • Carly Forcade ’17, creator of Travel Unicorn connecting LGBTQ+ travelers to safe destinations; and Simosenkosi  

A call for 2018 seed funding proposals will be released in coming weeks.

Building from our experience with CGI U, Mount Holyoke is determined to develop our own innovation ecosystem – tapping into the significant expertise of our alumnae, our expanding curricular resources, the Makerspace, and related efforts. A key milestone on our path will be an inaugural social innovation conference at Mount Holyoke: Global-Local Inequalities: Social Change for Sustainable Communities (February 16-17, 2018).

This is a three-part photograph, featuring Ellen Chilemba, the winning team of the International Business Ethics Case Competition, and Rick Feldman.

Acumen, imagination, success

With the help of programs like the new entrepreneurship minor, Mount Holyoke students bring home prizes and wins from entrepreneurial competitions.
Photo of Carly Forcade ’17

Accelerated success

Four Mount Holyoke students who attended an entrepreneurial accelerator program over the summer won top prizes — and cash money — for their projects.
Woyneab Habte '17, Mount Holyoke College

Creating jobs for Ethiopian college women.

Empowered by the skills she gained at Mount Holyoke, Woyneab Habte ’17 founded a copy shop in her country to provide peers an alternative to sex work.