Welcome to the Voorhees Mentor Program! Our goal this semester is to examine the relationship between feminist pedagogical theory and feminist practice in the college classroom. We will begin with a brief overview of feminist epistemology, and will start from the premise that feminist epistemology informs feminist pedagogy since we need to be able to critique how we know what we know in order to be able to formulate practices that subvert masculinist paradigms. We will also explore the meaning of women’s leadership, knowledge and power through the mentor experience. We’ll accomplish this by examining texts that provide a framework for exploring different ways to construct definitions of knowledge and power. Your classroom experiences, in both your mentor seminar and the first year Knowledge and Power (KP) course, will give you a practical opportunity to examine the issues we’ll be raising this semester. In addition to our examination of feminist theory and practice, we’ll also be looking at the role that gender plays in our understanding of knowledge and power at a women’s colleges as a means to challenge the orthodoxies surrounding conceptions of leadership.