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Develop the confidence to actively support a person or perspective.
Using this Strategy
Students use this strategy in the classroom, at home, and on the job when they:
- Recognize when they need help and where to ask for that help, including:
- Asking an instructor for help accessing academic supports.
- Identifying gaps in their skills and seeking help (tutoring, attending office hours, etc.).
- Meeting with an instructor to ask about a mark on an assignment.
- Asking for what they need in order to do their job better.
- Work in a team by:
- Speaking up in class to ask for more time to finish a group assignment.
- Speaking up during a group meeting to make sure a classmate gets to share their opinion.
- Asking group mates to do their share of the work.
- Reaching out to an instructor to tell them that a classmate is struggling and needs help.
- Allowing one another space to learn and build capacity.
- Communicate and act with intention and care by:
- Reflecting on when they can and should speak up on behalf of others.
- Using inclusive language in their communications.
- Setting clear expectations for themselves and their teams.
- Ensuring they create an inclusive environment and building psychological safety
Key Resources for Students
To learn about how to advocate for others, students can:
To learn about how to be an advocate, students can:
To find out how to boost their self-confidence, students can:
To intentionally build their self-confidence, students can:
To learn how to speak up, students can:
To learn how to advocate for themselves, students can:
To get help if they (or a friend) have experienced violence, harassment, or discrimination , students can:
Related Academic Success Centre Supports
Students can access the following resources through Library & Academic Services to develop this strategy:
- Tutoring for individualized and small group support, if students advocate for themselves or others that they need help to understand the content of their courses.
- Writing Tutoring, for individualized in-person and email support to develop writing skills, and to help develop self-advocacy skills through writing.
- EAL Tutoring, for individualized language development for students whose first language is not English, which can help develop the confidence and language skills required for self-advocacy.
- Academic Coaching, to develop the academic skills needed for success within college.