The First Generation and Ethnic Minority Student-Athlete Group was created during the 2019-20 academic year and meets regularly to build relationships, support shared challenges and move diversity and inclusion initiatives forward.

Student-athletes (both club and varsity) may sign up at any time to join the group by clicking here.


Kuzivakwashe Madungwe
Sport: Squash
Major: Chemistry
Jaya Nagarajan-Swenson
Sport: Rowing
Major: Astronomy & Biology



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 First Generation/Ethnic Minority Student-Athlete Group 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.