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Office of Student Advocacy and Support

Office of Student Advocacy and Support

Roseann Martinez, MSW LICSW

Assistant Director for Student Advocacy and Support

"We help all students, regardless of the severity of your needs. Whether you're in crisis or need support for school and life challenges. All students are welcome to receive services from this office".

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Office of Student Advocacy and Support

The Office of Student Advocacy and Support provides referral and support services to students. Using a case management model, students are assisted in navigating on and off campus resources. The purpose of this office is to assist students in developing strategies to overcome and address barriers that prevent them from achieving their educational and life goals. 


  • Implement a process for students that respond immediately to their needs with care, compassion and cultural appropriateness.
  • Develop student driven goals that empowers them to access off and on campus resources, promotes growth in self-advocacy, and their rights to self-determination.
  • Increase student body, faculty and staffs understanding about help seeking and reduce the stigma associated with poverty and behavioral health needs.


Leadership for the Office of Student Advocacy and Support

Roseann Martinez is the Assistant Director of Student Advocacy.  Roseann is a professional Social Worker and has strong experience in program development.  She is a leader in the UW Tacoma’s effort to strengthen persistence to graduation and increase students’ awareness of and satisfaction with the availability and accessibility of resources and supports.  She collaborates with on and off campus partners to coordinate case management services for students.


What is case management?

The student and case manager work together to establish a set of goals and action steps that are reasonable, measurable and specific which address barriers in the students’ life.  It is a student and case manager collaborative process of assessment, planning, facilitation and advocacy that support and improves the student’s ability to achieve their goals.

Principles of UWT case management:

  • All students may need help at one time or another, asking for and getting support is a developmental life skill
  • Student centric, strength based approaches that honor students’ insight about their own life will foster self-advocacy
  • Immediate and timely response to student needs
  • Care, compassion, culturally sensitive approaches are paramount
  • Create an atmosphere in which the university community understands emotional, social, interpersonal needs of students impact the achievement of educational goals

Contact Student Advocacy and Support


CAMPUS BOX:  258407

OFFICE: Mattress Factory 203