Advocacy is an important part of social justice where people fight to get from where things are to where they should be.
Self advocay is a central focus in conversations for students with disabilities, which I will discuss in more detail later. I think it’s important to explain this concept to every student since it’s a skill that will be essential in their transition from high school to college.
What can make a connection to their values and growth? How do we paint the picture of its’ importance? Teaching students about advocacy also connects them to the larger mission of Loyola. If they begin with advocating for themselves, they can make the connection to the larger role of advocacy in their community.
In high school, you take a more passive role. People look after you a lot and make sure that you do your homework and get any support you may need. For example. Frank is a senior in HS and has good grades but struggles with writing so his English grade starts suffering. His grade is suffering and he receives an essay back with a failing grade.His teacher tells him to stay after class and informs him of tutoring that is provided after school. When he gets home, his mom informs him that he spoke with the teacher and should make sure to attend tutoring.The next day, at basketball practice- Frank’s coach tells him that if he doesn’t go to tutoring and get his grade up he won’t be able to play anymore.
Frank is now a freshman in college and while his writing has improved, he has noticed that the writing requirements are even more difficult in his college level classes. He does not want to wait for his grade to drop so he goes to his professor during his office hours to talk about his concerns.He looks up the resources on campus and finds out the hours of the writing center and makes an appointment. In college, you have to transition to an active role and speak up for yourself. Learn about resources available and access them yourself. Be proactive! Don’t wait until the last minute to ask for help.lead into resources that are available on campus
I always try and remind students that everyone has a need or area we can grow in and need support to develop. Becoming self aware is the first step. This step may be difficult for some and I always advise that if this is difficult to brainstorm with friends, teachers, advisors and parents since they know them well. Being in college is a time to not just fully develop our intelligence, but our whole selves.
This is a good point to discuss how to approach adults and the anxiety that can arise when approaching people that they may not know well.
There are a variety of resources and people that want to help them but they need to take ownership over their own goals and needs and proactively seek them out. It is part of being in college- doing things for yourself is part of becoming more independent.
Helps to discuss your upcoming assignments or exams in person and develop a relationship with an individual that helps how you approach your class but can also be an important asset in your education career.
Provides a variety of resources depending on your interests.Small Group tutoring- Led by a tutor, gives you the chance to collaborate with your peers to ask each other questions and actively engage in the materialTutor led Study HallForeign Language Speaking Groups- not connected to any class. Individuals come together to improve conversational skills.Study Buddy Directory to set up private study partners/groups. Academic coaching- specific coaching based on your needs- whether it be time management, stress management or test taking skillsAcademic skills workshop series
Documented disabilities that may impair their studies. Know yourself and your rights- if you had an IEP in hs, contact your school and obtain a copy. Know what your rights are and then make an appoint with a specialist in the department.Accommodations and AccessibilityOn an individual basis- can include exam or academic modifications- extended time on tests, provision of a separate room etc. Also housing, dining or meal accommodations
Your most important resource! If you don’t know where to go or want help brainstorming your needs- your advisor can help direct you to the right place. If you do get on academic probation for your GPA falling below the school’s requirement- your advisor will work with you on an Academic Improvement Plan.Workshops scheduled on specific skills or an advisor can be requested to present to your group, organization or residence hall.Remember I’m not going to follow you around campus to make sure that you are utilizing your resources! This is your time, to become self aware and reach for those resources that are essential to reaching your personal best as a student.
Self Advocacy and Academic Resources
Self Advocacy &Academic ResourcesBy Shantall Del Giudice
Why Self Advocacy? Advocates make a difference- either towardsanother individual, cause, or community. Students that learn how to advocate for theirown needs are much more likely to besuccessful.
What is the Connection toAcademic Resources? Empowers students to take ownership of theirgrowth and education by connecting thebenefits of resources to their needs. Connects to the mission of Loyola University-Important part of Social Justice
High School Vs. CollegeFrank in High SchoolTeacherCoach
Frank in CollegeAdvisor,Peers,Family,Friendsetc.ProfessorsHigh School Vs. College
Self Advocacy =Knowledge, Communication and Action
KnowledgeUnderstanding your strengths andneeds: what are your talents andwhere do you need support?
CommunicationSpeak up about your needs andapproach others that can supportthem.
ActionWrite down goals for yourself andidentify how you will use yourresources to reach them.
What are some of theAcademic Resources oncampus?
Meeting WithYour Professor Discuss Class Ease Anxiety DevelopRelationships Build Social Capital
Writing Center Enhancing your writingability is one of themost integral parts ofyour college career. Ability to write clearlyand persuasively willnot only help you besuccessful ingraduating fromLoyola but also in yourcareer.
Center for Tutoring& AcademicExcellence Small Group Tutoring Tutor led Study Hall Foreign LanguageSpeaking Groups Study Buddy Directory Academic Coaching Academic SkillsWorkshops
Services forStudents withDisabilities High SchoolDocuments Make an Appointmentwith a Specialist Accommodations andAccessibility Academic Housing, Dining orMeal
First and SecondYear Advising Your Most ImportantResource! Academic Advisor Connect You to OtherCampus Resources Academic Plan Program of Study And Much More!