Students cheering during Convocation 2019

We Are Mount Holyoke

Meet our community. See yourself here.

As one student says, “It feels like a sample population of the world, like little pieces of cities around the globe have migrated onto campus.”

Our community is also surprisingly like-minded — in the best of ways. We are inquisitive, inclusive and encouraging. Reflective. Expressive. Approachable. We make change.

Meet some of us who call the Mount Holyoke community home. MoHome.

Alyx Burns

Alyxander Burns ’17

Lecturer in Computer Science

"I love the environment of small liberal arts colleges and the opportunity to get to know students.”

Meet Alyx

Mei Fujimori-Henderson ’22

Mei Fujimori-Henderson

Bremerton, Washington

“Mount Holyoke taught me a lot about how important it is to listen to and work with others.”

Read Mei's story

Wil Abam DePass

Wil Abam-DePass

Brooklyn, NY

“I chose Mount Holyoke because of the community.”

Meet Wil

Iyana Alleyne ’23

Iyana Alleyne

Bridgetown, Barbados

“Mount Holyoke checked all the boxes for me.”

Meet Iyana

Sophia Smith

Sophia Smith

Marblehead, Massachusetts

“I chose Mount Holyoke because it is a liberal arts education where I don't have to sacrifice one [passion] in order to pursue the other.”

Meet Sophia

Michaela Flanders ’22

Michaela Flanders

South Berwick, Maine

“[Mount Holyoke professors] create an environment in which students want to succeed, and they are wonderful role models of who I aspire to be as a professional.”

Read Michaela's story

Chisato Kimura

Chisato Kimura

Lawrence, Kansas

“[Mount Holyoke has] pushed me to demand justice for others, and they’ve shown me what true advocacy for other communities looks like.”

Read Chisato's Story

Aeisha Thomas

Aiesha Thomas

Bronx, New York

“Mount Holyoke truly made me feel like I was part of the community.”

Read Aeisha's story

Charu Sharma

Charu Sharma ’14

India

“Mount Holyoke really nurtures you to appreciate your uniqueness.”

Read Charu's story

Kelechi Ezeugwu

Kelechi Ezeugwu

Rural Massachusetts

“There's acceptance on so many levels here.”

Meet Kelechi

Elena Frogameni

Elena Frogameni

Florence, Massachusetts

“The Rhodes Scholarship feels like a continuation of my time at Mount Holyoke. I have the support of the Mount Holyoke community, a community that knew me and valued me as a scholar and a person.”

Read Elena's story

Lucas Wilson

Lucas Wilson

Professor of Africana Studies and Economics

“My principal goal is to learn who it is I'm teaching and figure out what they care about, what interests them, and how I can be supportive of them to follow that passion.”

Meet Lucas

Mara Kleinberg

Mara Kleinberg

Brooklyn, New York

“Mount Holyoke is a really special place. I’ve been able to find true community here through Mount Holyoke jazz vocals, radio and even by working with a local theater company.”

Read Mara's story

Amy Shiying Wang ’22

Amy Shiying Wang

Beijing, China

“I chose Mount Holyoke because I heard about this magical place and how nice the people and professors are.”

Meet Amy

Marta Sabariego

Marta Sabariego

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Behavior

“I try to empower my students to know that if they work hard, they can achieve their goals. I try to translate my passion for what I do to them and motivate them to follow their dreams.”

Read Marta's story

Paige Osborne

Paige Osborne

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“I had a lot of ideas but I didn’t know how to make space for them. I do here. I have become a more genuine version of myself.”

Meet Paige

Kylie Gellatly

Kylie Gellatly

Cornwall, CT

“Mount Holyoke offers full scholarships, and are proud to have a nontraditional student population.”

Read Kylie's story

Olivia Aguilar, director of the Miller Worley Center for the Environment and assistant professor at Mount Holyoke, explored the climate justice movement with Mic.

Olivia Aguilar

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies

“Environmental and science learning communities can be very exclusive. How they can be more inclusive of groups that are traditionally marginalized?”

Meet Olivia

It was at Mount Holyoke that Alice Capson ’71 recognized the importance of speaking up when something is not right.

Alice Capson ’71

Kansas City Metro, Kansas

“I feel I’m part of the legacy of making sure ‘Mount Holyoke forever shall be’ by strengthening our alumnae bonds and publicizing the College.”

Read Alice's story

Shayn Keiter Massefski

Shayn Keiter-Massefski

Sharon, Massachusetts

“I love how easy it has been for me to make connections and form relationships. I am grateful for those connections, both as friendships and mentorships.”

Meet Shayn

Sommer Byers

Sommer Byers

Marblehead, Massachusetts

“Everyone here inspires me to push beyond what I thought possible, question assumptions, envision a better world. My peers are formidable and inspiring.”

Meet Sommer

Allie Brown

Allie Brown

Burlington, Vermont

“At Mount Holyoke, people really want to see you succeed, just like you want to see them succeed.”

Meet Allie

Sarah Stefana Smith

Sarah Stefana Smith

Assistant Professor of Gender Studies

“Mount Holyoke is at the forefront of rethinking a women’s college by including trans students. Historical moments are where amazing coalitions emerge.”

Meet Sarah

Shaped by her experience at Mount Holyoke, Tarana Bhatia ’15 uses her varied volunteer roles to represent, recruit and inspire others.

Tarana Bhatia ’15

Washington, D.C.

“I entered very shy but was taught to think critically and gained confidence. Every action I take is because the College shaped me.”

Read Tarana's story

Yun-Hsuan “Melody” Su

Yun-Hsuan “Melody” Su

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

“I’m grateful to my professors who encouraged me and sparked my passion for robotics. I love to be in that role now, inspiring students.”

Meet Melody

Muyun (Charlotte) Wang

Muyun (Charlotte) Wang

Yichang, China

“This is the place where I can really let my voice be heard by other people, where I can figure out my potential as a woman, and as a woman of color.”

Read Charlotte's story

Luisa-Linares

Luisa Linares

Miami, Florida

“During COVID I felt very lost, like, what do I do now. There was no sense of familiarity. Going back to a CBL program helped me think back to a time where things weren’t as crazy.”

Read Luisa's story

Photo by Skylar Hou ’22

Sal Cosmedy

Rye Brook, New York

“I want prospective students to say, ‘When I come to Mount Holyoke, I can make a difference on campus. There are avenues and funding to get involved.’”

Read Sal's story

Alexya Lee ’23 was honored by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts for researching the lives of enslaved people on a school property in Tyngsboro. Helping her on the project? A Mount Holyoke College alum.

Alexya Lee

North Chelmsford, Massachusetts

“I originally wanted to major in environmental studies but I took a geology course first.”

Read Alexya's story

Kuzivakwashe Madungwe

Kuzivakwashe Madungwe

Harare, Zimbabwe

“Playing squash challenged me to push myself beyond what I thought I could achieve as an athlete. The whole student-athlete experience has been amazing.”

Read Kuzivakwashe's story

Anh Hoang-Lindsay ’06 credits Mount Holyoke with helping her become a biotech executive. Now she uses the College’s Gates platform to help others.

Anh Hoang-Lindsay ’06

Boston, Massachusetts

“My volunteering for the College is very personal. It opened up many opportunities for me.”

Read Anh's story

Ben Gebre-Medhin, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Benjamin Gebre-Medhin

Assistant Professor of Sociology

“Mount Holyoke is one of the places that represents most faithfully and excitingly the liberal arts ethos.”

Meet Benjamin

Skylar Hou

Beijing, China

“To me, Mount Holyoke has always been more than just a place, it’s about the people here and the memories we create together.”

Read Skylar's story

Shanze Hasan

Shanze Hasan

Karachi, Pakistan

“I can confirm that the thing Mount Holyoke students look forward to most on the weekdays — after a never-ending day of classes, work and commitments — is M&Cs (milk and cookies).”

Read Shanze's story

David Hernández

David Hernández

Associate Professor of Latina/o Studies

“I've thoroughly enjoyed teaching these students. It's really just a tremendous experience.”

Meet David

Hannah Pozebon

Hannah Pozzebon

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

“Every internship I’ve ever gotten has been through the alum network. If students asked me for advice, I would say to really use that. It has worked for me 100% of the time.”

Read Hannah's story

Corey Mahlstedt

Cory Mahlstedt

Tolland, Connecticut

“Since I started school here, I’ve befriended people from all walks of life, with various interests, talents and passions. People who hold fascinating, diverse narratives to listen to and learn from. Athletes, hippies, artists, political activists, poets, musicians and any other label you may identify as is represented here — there truly isn’t one archetype.”

Read Cory's story

Photo by Skylar Hou ’22

Neorgia Grant

Kingston, Jamaica

“Mount Holyoke has helped me understand my self-worth. I’m becoming the student, the woman I’ve always envisioned myself to be.”

Meet Neorgia

Sara Sarmiento ’21

Sara Sarmiento

Miami, Florida

“I’d been doing community service, but everything I cared about socially centered on politics. That’s when I thought I would study international relations.”

Read Sara's story

K. J. Lewis ’22 (left) and Professor Naoko Nemoto

K. J. Lewis

Pleasantville, New York

“When I mentioned studying in Japan to my Japanese professor, Professor of Asian Studies Naoko Nemoto, she gave me a list of potential summer programs.”

Read K.J.'s story

Michelle Serrano (right)

Michelle Serrano (right)

Los Angeles, California

“Mount Holyoke empowers women to be fearless and gives them the tools necessary to achieve their goals in or out of the classroom. The professors are beyond phenomenal and truly care about the success of students.”

Meet our faculty

Morgan Turner

Morgan Turner

Chester, New Jersey

“For me and my 21 teammates, the changing of the seasons is also accompanied by 5-ounce solid plastic balls. Field hockey balls, to be exact.”

Read Morgan's story

David Sanford

David Sanford

Elizabeth T. Kennan Professor of Music

“I learn from my students all the time.”

Read David's story

Madeline Fitzgerald

Madeline Fitzgerald

Hebron, Connecticut

“There is not just one category of LGBTQ+ people here. There is, no pun intended, every color of the rainbow: Athletes, nerds, partiers and artists are all represented in our thriving community.”

Read Madeline's story

Jai Pemmaraju (left)

Jai Pemmaraju (left)

Iowa City, Iowa

“I’m part of Asian American Students in Action and we represent the ACE house. Being part of the AASIA has really provided me with a sense of community.”

Learn about the Cultural Centers

Marisol Fernandez

Marisol Fernandez

Miami, Florida

“At Mount Holyoke, we have a very philanthropic sense of thinking. We always want to find a way to give back and make things better. I think that’s not typical at other institutions. Here, the liberal arts give a deeper way of looking at things, but also a wider way. You think of the repercussions, the history, the individual.”

Meet Marisol

Donari Yahzid at Laurel Parade 2019

Donari Yahzid

Atlanta, Georgia

“I knew that if I attended Mount Holyoke, I would be so proud of the person I would become.”

Read Donari's story

Tess Tuitoek

Tess Tuitoek

Nairobi, Kenya

“The Shirley Chisholm Living-Learning Community and The Betty Shabazz Center are where I’ve made friends and family for life.”

Learn about our Living-Learning Communities

Virginia Guerra

Virginia Guerra

Miami, Florida

“As a Cuban American from Miami, Florida, I was slightly terrified at the thought of moving to a place that had this concept of ‘negative degrees.’”

Read Virginia's story

Lexi Lobdell

Lexi Lobdell

Portola Valley, California

“As a first-year student, I was intimidated to suggest that I could conduct an experiment with horses. However, Professor Breen smiled at me, asked a few questions and informed me that she would talk to Professor Patel at dinner about how Tufts and Mount Holyoke could collaborate to conduct a joint project.”

Read Lexi's story

Jessie Maier

Jessie Maier

Rahway, New Jersey

“Shoutout to the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life and Jewish Student Union! As a student of faith, it’s important to find support and community during the religious holidays that I can’t celebrate with family.”
Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Initiative award winners (from left) Regina Ye ’18, Kate Meacham ’20, Shay Lahon ’18 and Mariana Jaramillo ’20 pose with their entrepreneurship professor, Rick Feldman (Rosie Xu ’18 not pictured).

Kate Meacham (second from left)

Evansville, Indiana

“The entrepreneurship club is a great place for people to connect who are interested in changing the world by starting their own businesses.”

Read the story

Sarah Paust

Sarah Paust

Southeast Florida

“The Outing Club has shown me time and again that the only obstacle standing in my way is my own hesitation.”

Read Sarah's story

Lisa Garrity

Lisa Garrity

Longmeadow, Massachusetts

“I needed a strong liberal arts academic program that would challenge me and allow me to take a wide range of courses. I needed a supportive environment with small classes that would encourage my introverted self to speak up. I needed Mount Holyoke.”

Read Lisa's story

Regina Carey

Regina Carey

Belmont, Massachusetts

“A large part of the Mount Holyoke experience is taking advantage of all that the Pioneer Valley — the beautiful region where Mount Holyoke is situated — has to offer.”

Explore some of Regina's favorite places

Chloe Jensen

Chloe Jensen

Eugene, Oregon

“Shoutout to Mount Holyoke News! Being surrounded by intelligent, eloquent students who publish great work every week has impacted me in every positive way.”

Read about the 100th anniversary of the Mount Holyoke News

Relyn Myrthil

Relyn Myrthil

Miami, Florida

“Renaissance School is a remarkable opportunity. I get to show other students how amazing art is, how accessible it can be to anyone.”

Read the story