Student Support and Advocacy Services (SSAS)

When Life Happens, We Are Here to Support You

If you’re hitting some bumps in your journey through URI, Student Support and Advocacy Services (SSAS) can provide direct support and help you find the necessary resources to get you back on track.


Student Support and Advocacy Services (SSAS) at the University of Rhode Island fosters student growth and development by assisting students with their emotional, mental, and financial wellbeing by providing outreach, advocacy, resources, and follow-up services.


Our Team

Dr. Jacqui Springer

Assistant Dean of Students

Barbara A. Sweeney, MSW, MPH, LCSW, CFLE

Coordinator, Food Security Outreach

Lukas Chaves


Student Support and Advocacy Services receives referrals, provides case management, and makes recommendations for students experiencing personal, emotional, financial, or medical concerns. Our team collaborates and consults with students, parents, faculty, staff, and other on- and off-campus resources (e.g., Campus Police, Community Standards, Counseling, Dining Services, Disability, Access, and Inclusion, medical providers, Financial Aid, Housing and Residential Life, and Violence Prevention and Advocacy Services) to best address the diverse needs of each student.


In addition to providing direct support to students in need, SSAS staff meet with students to discuss and review applications associated with a number of University of Rhode Island policies and procedures.

If you have questions or concerns related to any of the policies or procedures managed by SSAS, please contact us at