Rooted in academic rigor, we also teach contemplative practices to fuel inner reflection and creative processes. Perhaps most essential to our methods, we have honed the power of feminist partnerships beyond academia.
Backed by her 20 years of academic research, 5 graduate programs of study, and longtime experience teaching feminist theory to everyone (including cis men!), Dr. George leads The Mentor-Scholar Program to support visionary feminist change-makers outside the university.
Participants study from the vault of Feminism School courses—81 lectures in gender studies and ethnic studies scholarship—while receiving ongoing Mentorship Sessions and textual study. As they engage Ph.D.-level learning, their experiences in The Mentor-Scholar Program enrich their own feminist, anti-racist leadership. They also have Dr. George on their team as a trained feminist scholar to support their next creative projects and vocational goals.
We are amidst a sea change in consciousness—with feminist activism igniting change in Hollywood, politics, and sports. Still, we have yet to create the new representations that will guide our collective consciousness into a world that has been "de-patriarchied" and dismantled of white supremacy.
Most people working for change, who also have positions of cultural influence, did not receive any formal training in feminist study. The Mentor-Scholar Program is for those who want the intellectual rigor, personal reflection, and discovery of a Gender Studies degree (infused with critical race theory, queer theory, and postcolonial theory!). But we do the work outside traditional academia—in vibrant collaboration.
Paired with scholarly training in diverse lineages of feminist studies, some mentees elect to use The Scholar-Mentor Program to have Dr. George advise their writing projects—from a memoir, to a creative non fiction book, to a dissertation.
Dr. George's academic research includes studying the historical traditions of feminist writing methods, trauma theory, and creativity. As a writing doula for 20 years, she has developed unique, research-backed contemplative writing practices that help clients get to the heart of their voice and the stories they most want to tell. Additionally, the centering of feminist theory in the program—from Black feminist studies to transnational feminist history— is an ideal intellectual journey for midwifing the naming of lived experiences amidst intersecting systems of gender, race, sexuality, disability, class, and colonialism.
Train cultural leaders in graduate-level lineages of feminist scholarship and history. These include: Black feminist studies, queer of color critique, Indigenous feminism, transnational and postcolonial feminism, and coalition building histories between white women and women of color.
Support cultural leaders in a layered process of finding their voice, and in coming home to a fuller sense of who they are, a richly feminist creative process emerges that integrates their identity, lived knowledge, and areas of intellectual and vocational passion.
Co-birth collaborative projects in diverse fields (i.e. visual art, education, religion, and business). Feminism School is especially interested in supporting artists and athletes who are changing representations of gender and feminism in film and sports—current power centers of cultural change.
Feminist foremothers birthed—at great cost—revolutionary knowledge. Their work is still silenced in education. Rooting in their intellectual and creative legacies will give us what we need to change the world for our generation and 7 generations to come.
Personal change is part of collective change—and collective change catalyzes individuals to make tremendous leaps in consciousness. But we need the leaders who can do the inner work—including the intellectual and spiritual work—to lead the large-scale transformations in a society.
Feminism frees our creativity. When we have knowledge of how systems and structures have been historically made, we can unmake oppression. We unmake oppression through the stories, narratives, and images that re-shape culture. The call of the feminist leader is to help people reimagine the world.
How long is The Mentor-Scholar Program?
The duration varies according to goals and level of training desired. Participants have trained in the program for up to 3 years; usually, 4–6 months is a minimum commitment. 1-2 years on average is often the right length of time.
How much does this specialized program cost in tuition?
Tuition varies based on the scope of the work, the duration, the specific outcome goals, and the industry the mentee is seeking to make change in.
Can I do this program with a close friend or colleague?
In some situations, teaming up with 1–2 people as a small group cohort is the right fit for deep study. Sometimes, large groups (up to 11 people) split up into small group cohorts, and then come together for in-person workshops several times a year. This is a powerful model and is recommended for organizational level and industry-wide change.
I am very successful in my industry but have not been in school in some time. How do I know if I am a good fit for doing feminist scholarship?
You are a good fit if you feel within yourself intellectual and creative hunger! If there is a part of you that sometimes thinks..."What would happen if I took a year off to do a Gender Studies degree?"...you are likely a good candidate! If you have considerable influence but also need to re-find your sense of purpose, creative power, and spiritual depth beyond traditional capitalist success, this Mentorship honors the full person.
I was diagnosed with a learning disability. Can I do this program?
The heart of feminist intellectual history, in our framing of the legacy, is trusting and honoring alternative forms of knowledge and learning. The ways our dominant culture conceives of learning disabilities is usually through a framework that keeps in place hierarchies around learning styles. These hierarchies are laced in patriarchy, white supremacy, settler colonialism, and neurotypical supremacy. A learning disability is most likely your superpower—once you unlock its power. Feminist learning is very good for this process of unlocking alternative ways to learn and create knowledge. In fact, we think that very process is what fuels the most creative, sustaining forms of cultural transformation.
I have spent the last 20 years raising my children and am now in a liminal space of transformation around next steps. Is this a program for me?
We have seen again and again that women birth some of their most powerful work in their 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond. This is because they bring a depth of life experience and wisdom into the study of feminist scholarship. We also know that, in large part due to patriarchy, many women do not have the chance to nurture their intellectual goals until after they have done the reproductive and domestic labor of raising kids. We would be honored to help you birth your next set of dreams, and we honor the feminist knowledge already within you and the labor you have done raising the next generation!
I am a cis man. Can I do this program?
Yes, we offer The Mentor-Scholar Program to cis men, too. It is very important to us to support men learning feminism.