Self-Advocacy in Academia
SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program Webinar Series

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The SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program hosted a webinar discussion on the topic Self-Advocacy in Academia. Doctoral students and early career faculty may feel intimidated when meeting with professors or colleagues and should be prepared to advocate for themselves. Aimee Lay, student equity experiences coordinator for the Graduate School at Texas A&M University, led an interactive discussion and provided tips to prepare for challenging conversations and building confidence to overcome the anxiety.

Topics included:

  • When is the right time to have a challenging conversation?
  • Behaviors to be mindful of when you approach someone to have a discussion.
  • Being aware of cultural sensitivities.
  • Understanding the type of person you are and how you express yourself.
  • Evaluating what type of relationship you have with the person you plan to have a conversation with.
  • Knowing your needs and the type of support that would help.


Aimee Lay Aimee Lay is a passionate leader and advocate who has invested much of her career in building strong individuals and helping them identify and achieve their goals. She values providing an atmosphere through confidentiality, consistency, and creativity. Lay leads the Texas A&M University Graduate and Professional School’s efforts to advance, implement and execute measurable actions, fostering an environment where all can thrive and make a connected effort to engage with others in the graduate and professional community. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Leadership. More about Aimee Lay >