Interested in being an advocate for a cause that you support? Check out these four ways Globe University-La Crosse students use advocacy to make their voices heard.
1. Write LettersIs it difficult to advocate for causes that you feel strongly about? Not at all! Students in Global Citizenship classes at Globe University have been hard at work writing advocacy letters about issues that concern them or their field of study. This class project prepares students to do service learning in other coursework throughout their time at Globe University. “I truly enjoyed the advocacy project,” said massage school student Alex Gochenaur. “It motivated me to act on a concern I have within the Lori Knapp Companies [that] I feel has not yet been addressed. I plan on following up on this project outside of class and cannot wait to receive an answer back from the CEO.”
Writing letters of advocacy can gain attention and cultivate volunteers. “I feel like this was a good way to help us realize how easy it is to advocate,” said Stephanie Hall, vet tech program student said. “I also learned about Camp Send a Kid (CSAK), and I am tempted to volunteer.” Stephanie has experienced the full experience of advocacy because Camp Send a Kid was an advocacy topic by student Erica Oneal, whose goal was to gain volunteers for this unique local program. “I believe that by advocating for CSAK, it is going to raise awareness for an amazing local program,” said Erica. It has given me a chance to be more involved with it outside of working during [for] it.”
3. Make a Personal Connection
Most students seemed to advocate for an issue of personal connection, be it a family, friend, or self-connection, but one particular student, Sacha Hansen, advocated for a topic relating to her area of study: veterinary technology. “[Learning about advocacy] has made a huge impact on me,” she said. “Since I am in the vet tech program and love horses this was an eye opener. I advocated about wild horses and I hope people learn that they are a part of American history and that [they] need to be preserved for our future. I hope to keep advocating for them. They need a voice, and I want to help them live happy and free.”
4. Be Passionate
Of all the issues to be advocated for, several students chose topics they’re passionate about within the area of mental health. One of these students, Beth Peterson, shared her reaction: “The impact on me has been great. I feel that I am more comfortable speaking and learning from others. I advocated for NAMI [National Alliance on Mental Illness] for awareness of mental health. I hope that it will create more funding and awareness of the mission for people with mental illnesses. I will continue to advocate for this issue for my entire lifetime.”
As the instructor of this class, Beth’s statement was very touching to me. There are days in teaching when you realize that you made a difference. Today I know that I have made a difference because she wants to continue advocating throughout her lifetime. Many people would say that I am advocating for students to become advocates. See the reactions from more of my students in part two of this blog about how to find inspiration for advocacy.
This post was written by Ree Nae Roberge-Greene. Ree Nae is the Student Services and Online Learning Coordinator at Globe University-La Crosse. She has been employed at Globe University since January 2011. She moved into the role of Student Services Coordinator in August of 2011 and loves it! Ree Nae Roberge-Greene blogs for Globe-La Crosse, and she is enjoying the challenge of finding a new and exciting topic to write about each week.