The Athlete Empowerment Coalition was created during the 2019-20 academic year and meets regularly to build relationships, support shared challenges and move diversity and inclusion initiatives forward.

Learn more about the Athlete Empowerment Coalition


Laureen Jean-Jacques '23
Sport: Soccer
Role: Chair


From Micaela Pierce '20 (field hockey student-athlete and founder)

"After reflecting on my amazing time as a Black female student-athlete at Mount Holyoke College, I wanted to give back and support future student-athletes by helping to develop a space for those from historically underrepresented backgrounds. The goal of the group is to create a place where first-generation and ethnic minority student-athletes can build strong relationships with each other and form a community of support all while sharing their love for sport. I’m excited for new first-year student-athletes to have an additional community when they arrive on campus along with the network of alums that will continue to grow and support the MHC first-generation and ethnic minority student-athletes over the years." - Micaela Pierce '20 



Interested in learning more about the Athlete Empowerment Coalition at Mount Holyoke College? Check out this video introduction of the group, as we caught up with Jaya Nagarajan-Swenson '22 of the rowing team and Kuzivakwashe Madungwe '21 of the squash team, who also serve as co-chairs of the group.