Barbara Voorhees Mentor Program

The Barbara Voorhees Mentor Program, located at the heart of the Douglass mission, serves to connect incoming students with the Douglass Residential College.  Mentors are assigned to individual sections of the first-year course "Issues in Women’s Leadership" (01:988:130) and work closely with the instructors teaching those sections.  They serve as role models both in terms of academic achievement and in terms of their high level of engagement with the Douglass community.  Inside the class, they help facilitate discussions and assist students with various aspects of the course's interview project.  Outside of class, they accompany students to outside events, meet with them one-on-one, and encourage them to become more involved in student activities, organizations, and special programs. Students become Voorhees Mentors through a competitive application process that takes place during the spring semester for the next academic year.

Barbara Voorhees Mentors also participate in the "Mentoring: Leadership in Practice" (01:988:299) course and gain nuanced understanding of different leadership theories and models. Students in this program act as mentors to first years while also being mentored by director of their course and the "Issues in Women's Leadership" instructor they are paired with.

Barbara Voorhees Mentor applications for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 will open on February 24, 2016. Applications are due Friday, April 1, 2016 (extended).

Information Session-March 25, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. in the 3rd Floor Conference Room, College Hall (125 George St.)


For more information about this opportunity, please contact the Office of First Year Experiences and College Events at