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Voices in the Field Collaboration: University Counseling Center Teaches about Agency

Voices in the Field Collaboration: University Counseling Center Teaches about Agency


The first presentation of the week was made by the University of Wyoming’s University Counseling Center and was led by Dr. Julio Brionez. He discussed with students what it means to search for needed resources, how to overcome some of the road blocks that may appear for them, the importance of having confidence in oneself, and how to maintain drive in their long-term ambitions.


During this talk, he highlighted how there are inequities and injustices that some students may face and others may not. It is important that students recognize that these barriers may seem daunting, and yet there may be resources and connections that may help in those cases. For students, it may feel terrifying to ask for assistance to get their needs met, and yet this is what is crucial for success. In addition, the talk focused on recognizing what students are good at and having students step up to explore these talents more. This means displaying confidence in one’s abilities as often this is a crucial element people are looking for when determining who to choose for a program or who to hire for a job.


Another important piece that was mentioned by the students and Dr. Brionez is what it means to invest in oneself for success in the short term and long term. Sometimes, college or any further education may feel as though it is a large use of money that could be used for a variety of other projects or measures. Still, it was noted that using one’s money to have a more opportune future is a type of self-respect and self-care. For some students, this can also be a step forward in a community or network wherein people see how their friends went to pursue more education and can help encourage those around them through precedence.


Lastly, the focus on Voices in the Field with networking came up as a positive tool for students to consider fostering in their future. When the students are building these relationships, they are building a list of resources if events were to happen in the future where they need a supportive group. These supports can differ as sometimes the person may need knowledge from the person, emotional support, or a list of connections. The internships are a good starting point as the students are building positive credibility with their mentors and that is a key to creating and maintaining strong networks.


The presentation led by Dr. Julio Brionez showcased the importance of building such skills for personal well-being and for potential opportunities. The students were allowed to ask questions and to highlight what they need to consider for self-care and for these large transitions ahead. All of the elements mentioned could be connected to any level of education as finding one’s voice and learning these positive interpersonal skills are crucial for needs being met and people achieving their individual motivations.

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