Group of volunteers with canned food

Student Care and Advocacy

Student Care and Advocacy is Pellissippi State’s central contact to help students who have nonacademic issues arise while they’re on their educational journeys.

We believe in promoting students’ overall well-being and focus on issues around economic stability, housing, transportation, food access and health care.

Student Care and Advocacy’s mission is to provide holistic student support by connecting students to internal and external resources that address nonacademic barriers to success.

It’s our job to help students start, stay and finish strong.

Whether it’s a flat tire or lack of childcare, an overdue utility bill or an empty pantry, we are here to listen to students and help problem solve.

Student Care and Advocacy also helps connect students who want to help others through volunteer opportunities on campus and in the community.

Support Services

  • Links students with nonacademic needs to college and community resources, including the Pellissippi Pantry for those experiencing food insecurity
  • Provides ongoing follow-up with students throughout the semester
  • Serves as the liaison for students experiencing homelessness
  • Offers programming around topics such as transportation, housing, food, child care, medical, legal and financial wellness
  • Promotes and arranges volunteer opportunities
  • Supports sustainability efforts by engaging students, faculty and staff in boosting their environmental awareness

You can contact us at Requests for assistance can be made through myPellissippi.

Contact Us

Drema Bowers
Director of Student Care and Advocacy
Lamar Alexander Building
Room 202A

Sandra F. Davis
Student Care and Advocacy Assistant
Lamar Alexander Building
Room 202

Cindy McCleary-North
Case Manager
Lamar Alexander Bld.
Room 202

Brad Moats
Sustainable Campus & Recycling Coordinator
J.L. Goins Building
Room 141