Mount Holyoke College

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Mount Holyoke College is a private liberal arts women's college in South Hadley, Massachusetts. It is the oldest member of the historic Seven Sisters colleges, a group of elite historically women's colleges in the Northeastern United States.

The college was founded in 1837 as the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary by Mary Lyon, a pioneer in education for women. A model upon which many other women's colleges were patterned, it is the oldest institution within the Seven Sisters schools, an alliance of East Coast liberal arts colleges that was originally created to provide women with education equivalent to that provided in the then men-only Ivy League. Mount Holyoke is part of the region's Five College Consortium, along with Amherst College, Smith College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst: through this membership, students are allowed to take courses at any other member institution.

Undergraduate admissions are restricted to non-men. In 2014, it became the first member of the Seven Sisters to introduce an admissions policy that was inclusive to transgender students. However, all graduate programs are open to applicants regardless of gender. Unlike the open curricula of the other liberal arts schools in the Five College Consortium, Mount Holyoke undergraduates are required to take at least one class each in the humanities, science or mathematics, social sciences, and foreign language, as well as a physical education requirement.

Attempted murder of faculty member

Mount Holyoke College administrator and art professor Rie Hachiyanagi made international headlines when she was charged with the attempted murder of a regular member of the faculty on 23 December 2019.[1][2] Hachiyanagi allegedly used a fire poker, large rock, and gardening shears to attempt to beat and kill her victim.[3] Hachiyanagi's alleged victim survived the attack.[4] Hachiyanagi pled guilty to the charges and on October 20, 2021, was sentenced to a term of 10 to 12 years in prison.[5]

Accusations of Indoctrination and Bullying

Holyoke graduate Annabella Rockwell has accused Mount Holyoke College of indoctrination in to woke ideology and bullying. Rockwell and her mother have stated that a professional deprogrammer was brought in to assist her in escaping the hold that woke ideology had over her after she attended the college.[6]

Conservative activist Laura Loomer attended Mount Holyoke College for one semester. Loomer says that she was bullied by staff and professors due to being conservative.[7] Loomer is quoted as having said:

“The entire culture there revolved around hating men and being a lesbian.” [8]

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