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Student Advocacy Trainings

Student Advocacy Training

Student Advocacy Trainings aim to develop knowledge, skills, and resources around an advocacy issue or trend, besides building relationships among faculty and staff across university divisions.


  • Tara Frank - Assistant Dean of Students
  • Maya Azar - Coordinator for Conduct Advising and Title IX Support

Student Advocacy Trainings Fall 2021

Session 1 - Friday, September 24, 2 - 4 p.m.

Post Pandemic: Working with Mental Health Issues of Virginia Tech Students, with Presenters Ellie T. Sturgis and Charlotte Amenkienan

The presenters will focus on some of the mental health challenges facing today’s students, particularly as things return to a more normal student life experience. In addition, the presenters will review changes in the operation of the Cook Counseling Center, the Better Together Campaign, and discuss the most effective ways that advisors and counseling staff can advance the emotional wellbeing of students.

Session 2 – Friday, October 22, 2 - 4 p.m.

A Day in the Life of a VT Student-Athlete, with Presenters Sarah Armstrong, Director of SAASS, Tim Moore, Assistant Director of SAASS, and Laura Nichols, Assistant Director of SAASS

This presentation will review academic-based support services offered by Student Athlete Academic Support Services, the basics of NCAA continuing eligibility, and a detailed dive into what a typical day can look like for our Virginia Tech Student-Athletes.

Session 3 – Friday, November 12, 2 - 4 p.m.

Supporting Student Success by Addressing Basic Needs, with Presenters Tess Blethyn, Assistant Dean of Students, Dr. Jessica Agnew, Assistant Director of Research, Operations, and Program Management, and Kas Church, Assistant Director of Food Access Initiatives

Join the presenters as the discuss the important link between student success and access to basic needs. During the presentation, information will be shared about the Dean of Students Emergency Fund and The Market of Virginia Tech, in addition to other community resources.