Alison Safran ’14

Name: Alison Safran ’14

Current Title/Profession: Founding director of Surviving in Numbers

City: Newton, Massachusetts

Major: Politics

Minor: Psychology

What was your first job after MHC?: Continuing to build the nonprofit I started while at MHC

Favorite class/professor and why: Amber Douglas (psychology, gender studies) was, above and beyond, my favorite professor. I really enjoyed her Abnormal Child Psychology course because of my deep interest in how people work. Amber brought an engaging, humorous perspective to every lecture.

Talents and/or passions discovered at MHC: MHC helped me further develop my voice in writing and speaking. MHC also gave me the opportunity and great scenery to further pursue my passion for photography! I would often spend mornings before class taking photos inside the greenhouse.

What do you value most about your liberal arts education?: I really appreciate the liberal arts values, and particularly the Mount Holyoke values, of questioning everything and always looking at a problem, article, story, or project through multiple perspectives. Mount Holyoke’s liberal arts core values challenged me to explore, and to take courses not only on topics I already knew interested me.

Why is a women’s education still relevant today?: Women’s education is still not considered important by far too many people, yet we know that women are still undervalued, oppressed, and silenced as part of daily life both internationally and locally. Education gives women the tools to fight back against these injustices, and women’s colleges like MHC give women the space to be heard, to pursue their dreams without doubting them, and to never question whether their voice matters.

What do you want the world to know about MHC?: Transferring to Mount Holyoke remains the best decision I’ve ever made! MHC’s vibrant community of students, administrators, and professors who truly care about each other are what made me love my time at MHC. The genuine compassion and care that everyone in the community has for each other is part of what makes MHC so unique, even amongst other small liberal arts colleges.

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