Become an Advocate

Position Description

Primary Role

The volunteers report to the director and assistant director to help meet the mission of the office by:

  • Providing individualized and professional advocacy services for students at IU Bloomington. This includes collaborating with, assisting, and mentoring students in resolving a wide variety of complex and sometimes sensitive problems so that the student may maintain progress toward a degree.
Primary Job Duties and Responsibilities
  • Meet with students in person by appointment and on a walk-in basis. (75%)
    • Listen to and collaborate with the student to define the problem and identify campus resources that may be used to address the problem.
    • Help review materials the student has prepared.
    • Assist the student to prepare for meetings or hearings. Depending upon availability, accompany the student to such meetings, as requested.
    • Provide directed referrals to campus services to assist students in accessing resources.
    • Collaborate with faculty and staff to provide information to the student.
  • Maintain case notes regarding individual cases (15%)
  • Attend training workshops (10%)

Retired faculty or professional staff at IUB:

  • Commitment to serve IU and IU students on a volunteer basis.
  • Commitment to the mission of the Student Advocates Office and Division of Student Affairs.
  • Available to work one ½ day shift most weeks during the academic year. Occasional e-mail communication with student clients often required during the week. Availability possible during the summer as the office remains open with client services.
  • Ability to work with a wide variety of students who have serious problems in a non-judgmental and helpful manner.
Student Advocates Office Mission Statement

The mission of the Student Advocates Office is to assist students in resolving personal and academic problems so that they may maintain progress toward earning a degree. The advocates are retired faculty and administrators who support student learning and development by fostering:

  • effective written and verbal communication with faculty and administrators,
  • realistic expectations for outcomes,
  • a clear sense of personal responsibility and values,
  • respect for others and the university community,
  • assertive, independent decision making about personal and educational goals,
  • healthy choices,
  • full use of student service resources to promote academic success and
  • a collaborative approach to resolving problems and addressing challenges.