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What is Student Advocacy?

A resource created to help students and potential students solve college-related problems by providing individual attention to each issue.   It is important that these problems be handled in a direct, expeditious, and friendly manner.  If a student has tried without success to resolve a problem on campus, it’s time to give me a call.

What is the role of the Student Advocate?

  • LISTENING to the needs and concerns of the student, potential student, and support system

  • EDUCATING the students on college policies and procedures spotlight on students

  • COMMUNICATING with the students to assist in devising a solution or strategy to the problem(s) or finding alternatives

  • GATHERING information and making inquiries in cooperation with the student

  • REFERRING the students to the appropriate office or person, or contacting the office or person on the student’s behalf

  • FOLLOWING up with the student to be sure the situation is resolved, the question is answered, or (s)he has made the necessary contact

  • RECOMMENDING process or procedural improvements when necessary

What could a student advocate assist me with?

A student advocate could assist with a variety of things including ADA accommodations, connection to campus resources, help with the resolution of an issue on campus, or any issue that arises and you are just not certain on who to turn to for help.

How do I register with the Office of Retention and Student Advocacy and request accommodations?

You will need to complete the Request for ADA Accommodations (click here) form and submit documentation.

How do I contact someone for help?

Will Atkinson