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Student Affairs seeks more Student Advocates for spring semester

From: Student Affairs and Human Resources

Many thanks to the seven employees who are serving as the first Student Advocates, supporting students who have been placed in quarantine and isolation housing during spring semester. Here’s what a couple of our new advocates have to say about the program:

“I’ve been working at Virginia Tech for four months and was looking for an opportunity to interact with Hokies outside of my job responsibilities. Being a Student Advocate has allowed me to connect with students and help them through a tough time. COVID has brought many challenges but I am seeing first hand that the Virginia Tech community really rallies to help each other.” – Wendy Halsey, Assistant Vice President for Facilities Operations

“Being a Student Advocate is a balancing act to be sure. But if we can help these students navigate this stressful situation and make it just a little bit better, it is worth the time investment!” – Stephen Kleiber, Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Student Advocates serve for four weeks; the role requires a commitment of 20 hours a week, remotely or on-campus, including evenings and weekends with flexibility based on student needs.

To ensure we are able to serve students throughout spring semester, Student Affairs continues to seek student-centered employees for our Student Advocate Team. Employees serving as Student Advocates will not have direct contact with students.

With the support of one’s home department and supervisor, advocates will work with a case load of approximately 25 students and serve as a single point of contact to students during a difficult time when they have little to no contact with anyone else. Advocates will check in with students daily and work with the Dean of Students Office and campus partners to address concerns and needs. Employees are scheduled as needed depending on the volume of students in quarantine and isolation housing at any given time.

Interested individuals should consult with their supervisor and then express interest to Martha Glass, assistant vice president for Student Affairs, at mglass@vt.edu. An information session will be held on Friday, Feb 26 at 11 a.m. If you are interested in attending, please register in advance.

For those selected, training will be provided in March and support will be provided throughout the assignment.

We appreciate our valuable employees for considering this opportunity that directly supports our motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).