Laura Nichols

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Subhash Sonnad

Second Advisor

Dr. Thomas VanValey

Third Advisor

Dr. Caringella-MacDonald

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This thesis examines the process by which social programs are developed and explores how feminist standpoint epistemology may inform the process. A peer education program developed for college women is used as an example to illustrate the planning process. Secondary data collection, focus groups and a self-administered survey were the research techniques utilized in this planning approach.

The specific steps involved in program planning are identified and explained based on the program planning process presented and literature about this topic. The thesis concludes by exploring how certain ideas in feminist standpoint epistemology can be applied to the planning process in order to create programs which have the potential to empower target populations.

Included in

Sociology Commons