The Student Advocate from Student Health 101 has been revamped and strengthened as a specialist tool for college staff and faculty.

Each month, The Student Advocate (TSA), a digital newsletter, addresses sexual assault prevention on campus. This programming is about preventing sexual assault on campus, and helps our US client colleges and universities meet federal requirements to provide relevant, ongoing, campus-wide programming.

In addition, TSA succinctly outlines how to support students around other key challenges, especially those that may be sensitive or unfamiliar to staff and faculty outside health and wellness services. See our brief FAQ below.

Please share The Student Advocate widely with your colleagues each month.

Check out the September TSA issue

Let us know other ways that TSA can meet the needs of your school.


The Student Advocate FAQ

What is TSA?
The Student Advocate (TSA) is an online monthly newsletter designed to help faculty, staff, mentors, and parents support students’ health, well being, and success.

What does TSA cover?
Each month, The Student Advocate takes two topics from the current Student Health 101 program for students. Through the lens of those who work with students, TSA succinctly outlines the key issues related to those topics. It provides targeted, actionable guidance for supporting students, including links to select resources.

How comprehensively does TSA address sexual assault prevention?
One of the two monthly topics in The Student Advocate is always sexual assault prevention on campus. Growing this expertise is part of building safer, more respectful communities, and helps our US schools meet Title IX and Campus SaVE requirements for staff and faculty programming. This content follows the same calendar as our #GetEmpowered program for students. In Fall 2016, TSA covers how to help students throw safer parties, why supporting the sexual empowerment of students can help address sexual assault, how colleges can effectively handle campus stalking, and developing and facilitating bystander skills across the community.

What else does TSA cover?
The second topic covered in The Student Advocate varies from month to month. We select topics of particular relevance to students’ resilience and success. Many of these topics are sensitive and/or potentially unfamiliar to staff and faculty outside health and wellness services. In Fall 2016, TSA looks at helping “outsider” students thrive, connecting students to campus resources and supports, responding constructively to students’ substance use (in this case, e-cigarettes), and supporting students through anxiety.

Who writes TSA?
Our sexual assault prevention content is mostly written by two specialist communicators trained by Dr. Melanie Boyd at Yale University in sexual assault prevention messaging and programming. Contributors on other topics include college staff and faculty with relevant expertise.

Who and what shaped the TSA revamp?
The Student Advocate revamp has been informed by client surveys, usage data, and consultation with our clients and professional advisors. Your feedback and requests are welcome—please contact the editorial team via your account manager.

Can we still send TSA to parents?
Please do. The Student Advocate is written primarily for college staff and faculty; nevertheless, it serves as a valuable tool for parents and others in understanding the challenges of college life and supporting students through them. The full Student Health 101 program for students (our digital magazine and/or new website) can also be shared with parents.