Become an Advocate

Are you interested in becoming a confidential advocate for our students?

Loyola University Chicago believes in supporting survivors of gender-based violence on campus and creating an environment where students feel comfortable coming forward to report or seek services. Loyola has had an advocacy program in place since 2009, to help students/loved ones navigate reporting options and support services. Graduate students, rising Juniors, and rising Seniors are being sought as volunteer advocates to ensure we continue to provide this vital service. Please contact Senior Health Educator and Advocacy Coordinator, Robin Berman, at rberman1@luc.edu for further information. 

An advocate is someone who has received specific training to respond to a person who has experienced the trauma of sexual assault or other gender-based violence. Advocates support the survivor, listen, offer information and options, connect the survivor to resources, and advocate for respectful and appropriate treatment of the survivor. Advocates must be able to respond empathetically to a survivor’s emotional needs and allow the survivor to make their own decisions. Advocates must also be self-aware and emotionally prepared to respond to the trauma of others.

Research has shown that the way in which the concerns of a survivor of sexual assault are addressed as soon as possible after an assault has a tremendous impact on how quickly and completely the survivor recovers. When the survivor is met with empathy and unconditional support, recovery is likely to happen more completely and more rapidly.

Advocates will be trained in the summer of 2019 and serve as advocates during 2019/2020, and longer if you will be at Loyola after that year. 

The training is free to Loyola students and will take place August 13, 14, 15, 19, 21, and 22 from 9 AM-5 PM. Once you have this certificate you can volunteer for the Loyola Sexual Assault Advocacy Line and rape crisis centers in Illinois*.

 

You MUST be available for all the training dates.

 

*Most rape crisis centers - some require additional training.

The 40-hour Illinois State training (approved by the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault) is led by Resilience. Their office is located at 180 N. Michigan Ave, in the heart of downtown Chicago.

The training is free to selected Loyola students.

Volunteer advocates will be expected to complete 40 hours of training through Resilience and 8 hours of ongoing training through the Wellness Center. Advocates will serve on-call for one to three weekends during each semester on a rotating basis. The weekend begins on Friday evening and ends on Monday morning. Advocates respond via phone during the weekend and/or possibly in-person at the Wellness Center, if a future meeting with a survivor is needed after the weekend. The advocacy line is closed during major holidays/school breaks. Advocates will also be expected to communicate regularly with the Wellness Center and attend supervision meetings. Advocates will be key members of the response here at Loyola and will receive ongoing support and supervision from Wellness Center staff.

In addition to making a difference in the lives of students, advocates will gain significant, relevant experience for a future career in Student Affairs or social services. Advocates will develop advanced communication skills that would be useful in any field.

Advocates must complete an application and be interviewed for the position. Rising Juniors and Seniors must also provide a professional letter of recommendation. Questions and applications can be sent to Robin Berman, MSW, Senior Health Educator and Advocacy Coordinator at rberman1@luc.edu. Applications are due April 13, 2018. If you would like to volunteer but have concerns about the training schedule, please also contact Robin. For more information about Resilience, visit www.ourresilience.org.

Applications are due April 5, 2019

Please select and complete the appropriate application and return it to Robin Berman at rberman1@luc.edu

 

2019 Volunteer Advocate Application Undergrad

2019 Volunteer Advocate Application Grad Student