University of Minnesota Morris

Self-advocacy & Student Responsibilities

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

—Thomas Edison

6 Quick Tips for Self Advocacy

(How to talk to your professor regardless if you are officially entitled to accommodations)

  1. State your situation
  2. Describe the challenge
  3. Make a specific request
  4. State the benefits of meeting this request
  5. Be prepared to negotiate or propose alternatives
  6. Listen

If you find yourself resisting asking for help or registering with the Office of Academic Success for disability services when you know you are entitled to support, ask yourself why. If you feel a sense of shame about your weaknesses, let go of that: we all have them. Self-esteem is a terrible thing to waste, and so is an education.

Good self-advocacy skills are life skills. They will go a long way in ensuring your success at UMM and will serve you in countless ways in the years to come.

Discussing accommodations with Instructors »