Mount Holyoke College Institutional Digital Archive

The Institutional Digital Archive (IDA) is a service that collects, preserves, and showcases the scholarly work of MHC's faculty and students. Some materials are restricted to the campus community and require an MHC login to access.


Communities in IDA

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  • This is an archive of United States immigration sanctuary policies that were passed from 2001-2014. The archive contains four main collections organized by policy type: Executive Orders; Ordinances; Policing Policies; and Resolutions. There are 234 policies in the archive. Welcome!
  • This community houses data collected on campus as part of the Campus Living Laboratory Initiative. Data include those collected from environmental monitoring stations, as a result of faculty and student independent projects, or data collected in labs or other collection exercises. Datasets are presented with varying levels of access as described by the party responsible for uploading the data.
  • Repositories for retaining data and scholarly research of the Mount Holyoke College faculty
  • Repositories for retaining data, scholarly research, and academic output of Mount Holyoke College students

Recent Submissions

The Bruising Acts
(2024-06-04) Michener-Rutledge, Darwin; Lawlor, Andrea
The Bruising Acts is a work of fiction exploring late-adolescent relationships in the Midwest. The story follows Mia, a nineteen-year-old girl, as she negotiates new kinships in her hometown while recovering from sexual assault. The novel examines belonging and acceptance, bystander complicity in rape culture, and the interpersonal wounds we sustain and survive. Told in vignettes, phone calls, and dreams, The Bruising Acts attempts what Leslie Jamison calls for in her essay, "Grand Unified Theory of Female Pain," "the possibility of representing female suffering without reifying its mythos."
Designing Sustainable and Accessible Apartment Style Living for Mount Holyoke College
(2024-06-04) Kazel, Catherine; Darling, Naomi
The intersection of sustainability, justice, and accessibility in design holds particular significance in today’s context. This thesis presents a design proposal aimed at innovating residential living at Mount Holyoke College through the lens of sustainability and accessibility. As colleges, including Mount Holyoke College, increasingly acknowledge their responsibility towards environmental stewardship and inclusivity, the need for innovative housing solutions becomes imperative. Focusing on apartment-style living as a solution to common housing accommodations for increased accessibility, this research explores how design interventions can enhance quality of student life and quality of the environment. The methodology encompasses a multifaceted approach, integrating the architectural context, green building rating systems standards as guidelines, and universal design concepts. Through literature review, case studies, and a survey, the thesis examines best practices in sustainable architecture, accessibility standards, and the context of Mount Holyoke College.
REIMAGINING LOVE: Understanding Black Mothers and their modes of mothering from fearful to wayaward
(2024-05-30) Core, Kyla; Day, Iyko; Maye, Kristen
‬This thesis will Reconceptualize Black Motherhood through African American‭ Literature. Explicitly using the novels‬‭ Sula, The‬‭ Bluest Eye,‬‭ and‬‭ The Street.‬‭ Through these‬ three novels, there can be a new understanding of motherhood, that motherhood is not‬ categorical and that a categorical model of motherhood is paradoxical for Black Women. Instead‬ this thesis will offer a new way of understanding motherhood outside of the lens of good or bad‬‭ and will look at how the choices each mother makes within the novels. As well as what modes of‬ mothering is required for every mother to feel autonomous and free, a respect that is not‬‭ granted easily to Black Women or Black Mothers.‬
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On the Sentimental Argument
(2024-05-30) Walton, Mykelle; Emery, Nina
In his 2022 paper, “Five New Arguments for the Dynamic Theory of Time,” Ned Markosian presents the Sentimental Argument for what he calls the dynamic theory of time. According to this argument, there are certain, so-called “poignant” truths about the way the world is. According to Markosian, it follows from these poignant truths that the dynamic theory of time is true. In this thesis, I explain Markosian’s sentimental argument for accepting the dynamic theory of time. I will then point out an objection to his argument by positing some alternative views besides the dynamic theory that could play the same role in Markosian’s argument. I find myself rather persuaded by Markosian’s argument, in the sense that I think we ought to pay attention to what he identifies as these poignant truths when deciding what metaphysical theory of time to adopt. And if our only options are Markosian’s static and dynamic theories of time, then I agree that we ought to choose the dynamic theory on the basis of his sentimental argument. My view is that there are in fact other options. And once we recognize the other options, even if we are paying attention to the poignant truths, they do not entail what Markosian thinks they do.
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Interactive Effects of Warming and Nitrogen Availability on Soil Carbon Fluxes: Implications for a Changing Climate
(2024-05-23) Waldron, Emma; Hoopes, Martha
The excess of greenhouse gasses like carbon dioxide in the atmosphere urgently calls for a deeper understanding of existing natural mechanisms for carbon sequestration. Soils act as a critical natural carbon sink, storing at least twice as much carbon as there is globally in the atmosphere and in plant biomass combined. However, climate change and associated increases in average temperatures can impact soil carbon storage processes, converting carbon sinks to carbon sources. The response of soil carbon to warming is complex and depends on many environmental factors. This study focuses on nitrogen (N) availability, which may mediate the effects of warming on soil carbon via its influence on microbial activity and decomposition. Strong support for this hypothesis is lacking, however, as these variables are difficult to isolate in the field. In this greenhouse experiment, I cross two warming treatments with four N treatments in order to disentangle some of these relationships. To get a picture of how carbon fluxes responded to my treatments, I measured soil organic matter (SOM) as a proxy for the amount of carbon stored in the soil, and soil respiration rate to see how much carbon the soil was releasing. I also measured nitrate and ammonium levels as well as nitrification and mineralization rates in the soil to get a fuller understanding of how my treatments actually affected both N availability and the soil microbial activity governing N availability. I found significant effects from both my warming treatments and my nitrogen treatments, along with significant interactions between the two. Because my pots had living microbes and plants, there were feedbacks between N and C above and belowground, creating complicated relationships between warming, N, SOM, and soil respiration (as expected). Further clarification of these dynamics will be critical for making accurate climate predictions and for strategically targeting restoration efforts to mitigate climate change.