First and Second Year Academic Advocacy

First and Second Year Academic Advocacy

The First and Second Year Academic Advocates are dedicated to serving first-time, full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students to assist them in resolving academic and institutional challenges in their first and second year that may adversely affect persistence, progression, and timely completion of degree. The First and Second Year Academic Advocates provide timely, coordinated care to students by directly connecting them to campus resources and developing an action plan for academic success.

To connect with or refer a student to the First Year and Second Year Academic Advocate, please submit a referral using the button below.

Submit a Referral

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Academic Peer Advocate Program

The Academic Peer Advocate (APA) Program pairs first-time, full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students in their first and second year, with trained and compassionate peers dedicated to providing individualized support during their transition to college. APA’s mission is to empower their peers to take advantage of the appropriate campus resources and to confidently seek help when needed. APAs connect students to the First and Second Year Academic Advocates for coordinated care when there are complicated barriers to navigate.

To connect with or refer a student to an Academic Peer Advocate (APA), please email Amanda Sharp, the Assistant Director of First and Second Year Academic Advocacy, at asharp@umbc.edu.

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