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CAMPUS PROFILE 

| Mount Holyoke College  | South Hadley, Massachusetts

combines human rights law and new media in Latin
America. The students' main assignment is to build
a bilingual website for a mock human rights organization and to mount a media campaign aimed at
local Latino communities. "Students love the connection between the foreign and local aspects," said
Miñana, an authority on Cervantes' Don Quixote
and the seventeenth-century character's enduring
cultural impacts.
With guidance from a nine-member Faculty Advisory Board, the McCulloch Center keeps a hand in Serbian student Jelena Jezdimirovic tracked the history of international students at
numerous projects aimed at internationalizing the Mount Holyoke back to the nineteenth century.
curriculum. In 2011, working with Library, Information and Technology Services, it induced faculty to bring expert women's college is not the norm. That's OK with us. Mount Holyoke
voices from around the world into their classes.
was an anomaly in 1837, and we have remained a women's college
A dozen faculty took a seminar on the pedagogy, techniques, by choice," the Mount Holyoke website says. "We know that women
and logistics of videoconferencing, from simply using Skype and thrive in an environment where all the resources are designed for
Adobe Connect to relying on high-end equipment in designated and dedicated to them."
classrooms. More than 50 faculty have participated and the project,
Professors attest to that. Western, who also teaches interdubbed VP-50, won an award in 2014 from the American Council national relations at the other members of the Five College
on Education and the SUNY Center for Collaborative Online Inter- Consortium-Amherst, Smith, Hampshire, and the University of
national Learning (COIL).
Massachusetts-Amherst (students have reciprocal rights to take
The McCulloch Center offered a carrot to encourage faculty and classes at the other campuses)-calls the classroom atmosphere
their international guests to participate in the hook-ups. Faculty at Mount Holyoke "profoundly different." Paus said that in coed
members get $150 the first time they arrange an international speak- settings, male students often speak out "whether or not they have
er, and the guest receives a $100 stipend. "It's just a little gesture, but something to say while women wait to have the perfect answer."
videoconferencing is a wonderful, economical way of bringing in
"The cooperativeness of the way the students interact in classes
international perspectives," said Paus.
is really striking," said Darby Dyar, an astronomy professor who conLanguage professors connected classes with universities in France, ducts lunar and solar system research for NASA and the National
Italy, and Russia, and an Asian studies class on Chinese opera heard Science Foundation. Dyar is an alumna of Wellesley College, another
from a renowned performer of traditional Yue opera in Beijing.
of the Seven Sister schools.
At a time of great financial pressure on private colleges, staying
single-sex
comes at the price of cutting off half the potential pool of
Making the Case for Women's Colleges
Senior Jelena Jezdimirovic from Uzice, Serbia, researched the his- applicants. "It's a question that we've asked ourselves," Pasquerella
tory of international students at Mount Holyoke while working in said. "We looked in our most recent strategic plan at coeducation
the college's Archives and Special Collections. The economics and and reaffirmed our commitment to women's education, believing
critical social thought major catalogued 5,000 alumnae from other that it is more important than ever before. It's a tough sell, but we
countries, including the first from the Balkans nine decades ago. "I have so much to offer." Referring to the attempted assassination of
couldn't believe it. People still wonder how I found Mount Holyoke. Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenage advocate for girls' education,
Pasquerella said, "If women are still dying around the world to get an
How did someone in 1924 find out about it?" she asked.
Graduates include the first female editor of the Bombay edi- education, then Mary Lyon's historic mission hasn't been fulfilled."
Khory, the politics professor, said faculty share a conviction that
tion of the Times of India, a spokeswoman for the government of
Ethiopia, novelists, and diplomats. "It's important for students to see Mount Holyoke is doing the right thing in making internationalizathat there's a legacy. Tradition is very important to Mount Holyoke. tion its calling card. "That's really what we see as our past, present,
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We've always done some things that other schools haven't done," and future."
Jezdimirovic said.
Half a century ago there were 200 U.S. colleges for women. Today CHRISTOPHER CONNELL is a veteran Washington, D.C. education writer
there are barely 40. "In the landscape of higher education, being a and author of NAFSA's annual Internationalizing the Campus reports.
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