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Ready to explore your identities and build connections across difference with other incoming first-years?

Interested in learning more about power and privilege?

Want to become a change agent? 

About This LEAP:

Held at the scenic Berkshire Outdoor Center - Becket-Chimney Corners Camp, this LEAP program will be fun, interactive, and impactful! You will enjoy all that the camp provides, including s’mores, high-ropes, swimming, boating, and nature. The camp is nestled in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts on 1,350 acres. 

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Group Activity on the Lawn

Our focus will be on race, gender, sexuality, and the intersections of these identities. Participants will increase knowledge of their own social identities and how they impact their lived experiences and those around them. Through story sharing, games, and activities, participants will develop skills to more deeply understand who they are and how they can make a difference and become change agents here at Amherst College and in the world.

Rooted in The Social Change Model and theories of social justice, this program seeks to build community across difference and develop leaders equipped to create meaningful and lasting impacts on our campus. 

What do participants have to say about the program? Find out! 

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SJL LEAP 2016 Group Photo

This program is a collaboration between the three resource centers, the Multicultural Resource Center, the Queer Resource Center, and the Women's and Gender Center.

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  Lake Day

Beach Time at the Lake


This Leap Program will provide:

  • A space of mutual learning for students to deepen their understanding of themselves, their communities, and the greater world;

  • A foundational understanding on power, privilege, oppression, intersectionality, and theories of social justice;

  • And, an inclusive and brave space for students to connect with one another, building bridges across difference.

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Group Art Project 

Learning Outcomes:

By participating in this Leap Program, participants will:

  • Deepen their understanding of social justice, identity, and intersectionality.

  • Develop leadership skills and strengthen their ability to practice allyship and interrupt bias.

  • Create meaningful relationships across difference forging bonds of friendship with other participants and connections with Amherst College Resource Center staff.

  • Increase their proficiency in positively navigating dialogues about race, gender, sexuality, and other social identities.

  • Be empowered to become change agents in their lives around the issues most important to them.

Tree-shaped Word Cloud with Social Justice Vocabulary