Accessibility Advocates

Accessibility advocates are students familiar with the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) and who serve as an additional resource for their peers with disabilities. Accessibility Advocates can assist students with the following:

  • Help connecting with the OAS
    • Who to contact
    • Navigating the accommodations request process
    • How to use the Test Center
  • Practical problem solving
    • Emailing specific staff with issues
    • Emailing or meeting with professors
    • Schedule planning
  • Learning how to advocate for yourself
    • Explaining disability
    • How to give professors Letter of Accommodation
    • Making needs clear
    • Understanding professors expectations (e.g. student will email when misses class)

To schedule a meet-up with an Accessibility Advocate, email

Meet our Accessibility Advocates!

 Accessibility Program Coordinator (2022-23)

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Hello! My name is Nora Shine and I will be a graduate student in the School of Education starting this Fall. I am so excited to meet and work with all of you! 



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Hi! My name is Rachel Echols and I am a senior Psychology major with a minor in Sociology. I love working with the Office of Accessibility because they align with my passion for educating and helping others, and the belief that every student is capable of greatness, no matter the obstacles they may face. I have met and worked with so many amazing people over the past year and I can't wait to meet more!  


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Erica Hoenig is a music and communications double major at SUNY Geneseo. Erica is a singer, artist, surfer, and pianist who has a zest for life!! Besides her many talents she loves the color hot pink, fashion, making new friends, cooking, and helping others. Erica is thrilled to be an Accessibility Advocate because as someone who has a disability, she understands the struggles students with disabilities face in advocating for proper accommodations. Her goal as an Accessibility Advocate, is to help others with disabilities feel comfortable and confident in advocating for themselves, so that they can have the best experience possible at SUNY Geneseo! 


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Hello, my name is Hannah! I am a Childhood with Special Education major with a concentration in Women & Gender Studies. On campus I hold leadership positions in Alpha Delta Epsilon and Geneseo Pride Alliance. In my free time, I love taking my two dogs, Lucy and Ruby, on hikes! I am looking forward to being an accessibility advocate because I want to promote accessibility and inclusivity across the campus community. 


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Hello, my name is Kaitlin! I am a Sociomedical Sciences and Communications double major with a minor in Human Development. I am currently the Opinion Editor for The Lamron and in my free time, my friends and I enjoy playing pool in the Union. My goal is to promote inclusivity and accessibility not only on campus, but in the community.

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Hey! My name is Rea, my pronouns are she/they, and I'm a Junior Geology and Adolescence Education major. I'm a part of the sorority Alpha Sigma Tau, and I'm also a ULA in the Geology department. I'm really looking forward to working with the Office of Accessibility and helping provide opportunities for success and growth for other Geneseo students!


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Hello everyone! My name is Taylor, and I am a Biology major with a concentration in Adolescence Education. I am passionate about creating an inclusive and accepting academic environment for students with disabilities, which motivated me to become an Accessibility Advocate. During my free time, I love to read, play card games, and hike in nature.