Graduate Student Advocacy Series

The Graduate Student Committee recently released a new series of Q&As around advocacy as a graduate student. Each column in the Graduate Student Advocacy Series is centered around a specific advocacy-related topic pertinent to the graduate student experience.

If you have an idea for a future topic, email Alexandria Muldrew, Advocacy Coordinator for the NASP Graduate Student Committee, at

How to Advocate for ... Supervision

Meaghan C. Guiney, PhD, NCSP, Assistant Professor
Fairleigh Dickinson University

In this Q&A, Meaghan explains how by being clear about what you want and need out of a supervisor can make a huge difference for your professional growth and development in graduate school and how most supervisors may be skilled in school psychology but may look to you as the supervisee to tell them what you want to get out of the relationship and what goals you have for yourself.

How to Advocate for ... SPAW

Nicole M. McKevett, MA, NCSP, NASP Student Leader
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

In this Q&A, Nicole provides actionable steps to take when it comes to planning for School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW) whether you're just starting grad school or getting ready to graduate. She shares who to connect with, what questions to ask them, and more.

How to Advocate for ... Yourself

Stephanie Campbell, NASP Graduate Student Committee
University of Wisconsin

In this Q&A, Stephanie discusses how she came to realize the importance of advocating for herself, steps you can take to start advocating for yourself, and things to remember as you approach the end of your graduate school career.

How to Advocate for ... Self-Care

Lisa Kelly-Vance, PhD, NASP Immediate Past President
University of Nebraska–Omaha

In this Q&A, Lisa discusses how to build self-care into your daily routine and where to start if you don't currently practice enough self-care. She explains what to consider regarding self-care habits when transitioning out of graduate school and why self-care is so important.

Advocacy for Graduate Students

If you're passionate about legislative advocacy, view our fact sheet for a variety of action steps and resources to engage in advocacy as a graduate student.

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