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Student Advocacy

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The Student Advocate helps students navigate educational, personal and other campus matters that may impact successful academic goals. Links students with the appropriate university resources and collaborates with faculty and staff in order to support and encourage students’ academic and personal goals. The Student Advocate helps students navigate educational, personal and other campus matters that may impact successful academic goals. Links students with the appropriate university resources and collaborates with faculty and staff in order to support and encourage students’ academic and personal goals.

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The goal of the Student Advocate is to provide students with guidance and support free of judgement and approached with an open mind and positive attitude. The Student Advocate serves as a sounding board and resource for students that may need assistance or advice with concerns or issues including academics, personal and or general life situations. Advocate Millie Mendez, provides neutral, confidential and independent guidance by listening, providing encouragement and connecting students with the appropriate university and community resources. The resources provided will be aligned to meet the student’s personal needs. Faculty and staff assisting students with academic or personal challenges also have access to these resources and are encouraged to contact the student advocate as needed.

It is important to note that student names or concerns are not shared without the consent of the student. The only exceptions to confidentiality is in the case of imminent risk of serious student harm or where mandated by law, and in situations of sexual misconduct/harassment matters where federal law (Title IX) requires reporting to the Office of Access and Equity.

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“Millie has been extremely helpful in addressing any concerns I’ve had regarding just about any aspect of life as a dental student. She is extremely empathetic, responsive, and good at what she does. She has improved my time at UIC and I am thankful we have her as a resource!”

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” The definition of an “advocate” is someone who publicly supports someone else, however I found Mrs. Millie Mendez to be so much more. Over the course of 4 years she morphed/transcended into so much more to me. She ultimately became someone who I could reach out to with not only school concerns, but also personal issues as a UIC student. I would define her roll as so much more than just an advocate, but more so as  “champion” as the definition of this word is that of a person who fights or argues on the behalf of someone else.”

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