Happy Veterans Day from NASPA

Happy Veterans Day and thank you to those who have served.

NASPA works hard to support veterans as they pursue higher education. Learn about some of the veterans centered workshops and resources from NASPA and our amazing volunteers.

NASPA's Symposium on Military-Connected Students

NASPA's Symposium on Military-Connected Students is the premiere event to connect with colleagues from across the nation who are committed to the success of student veterans and other military-connected students. Join over 300 professionals in beautiful New Orleans, LA from February 15-17, 2018 as we dive into topics related to national policy impacting military-connected students, best practices for supporting student veterans from marginalized identities, and best practices for growing and sustaining your Veterans Resource Center. The full program schedule can be found on the event webpage here. We look forward to learning with you as we're joined by three fantastic keynote speakers and over 50+ educational workshops! The early-bird registration deadline will conclude on December 8, 2017 so don't delay - register today for the best rate! 

Student Veterans as Adult Learners in the Post-9/11 Era 

Student veterans have served our nation in various ways, many in combat, and they come to college with the goal of rejoining the civilian population and contributing to society in a meaningful way. Student affairs professionals have a key role in facilitating student veteran success, and that role need not be complicated or difficult. This module identifies innovative practices and programs in working with veterans and describes the types of on- and off -campus partnerships that institutions should build to increase the persistence and completion rates of veterans. Finally, this module offers a conceptual model for facilitating the success of veterans in college and outlines the role that student affairs professionals have in veteran success.

Part of the adult learners short course / 75 minutes / $99

Effectively Supporting the Career Readiness of Military-Connected Students

In this one hour recorded session, student support experts representing a wide range of functions and organizations will share what it takes to deliver meaningful, impactful career support to military-connected students. They’ll share specific examples of career development challenges, opportunities, and effective strategies for every stage of the student lifecycle.  Drawing from individual student stories and data from career coaching initiatives across multiple institutions, they’ll share surprising, often counter-intuitive insights and challenge the audience to reimagine what it means to be “military friendly.” The audience will gain a deeper understanding of the needs, concerns, and preferences of military-connected students and their potential employers, as well as steps that individuals and institutions alike can take with little or no resources to help students successfully prepare for and transition to the civilian workforce.

60 minutes / Free

How to Help Military & Veteran Families

Three recorded sessions focusing on faculty, academic advisors, and disability services.

90 minutes / $49

NASPA Policy and Practice Series: Safe Spaces and Brave Space, Historical Recommendations for Student Affairs Professionals

Student Support Services, page 5

Peer counseling has been proven as an incredibly effective tool to provide a form of mental health services on campus to military-connected students. Programs like Combat2College utilize a strengths-based approach to draw on military values of solidarity and community in order to create safe spaces within a campus for veterans; the goal is that Combat2College participants will empower one another to find access to the resources they need (Church, 2009). By pushing for better infrastructure and specialized counselors, student veteran organizations advocate for supportive—as opposed to ambivalent or challenging—campus climates for veterans (Summerlot et al., 2009). 

The Veterans Knowledge Community 

The Veterans Knowledge Community is the national leader in supporting the generation and dissemination of knowledge in support of the college success of student veterans.  Practitioners and scholars alike will find an engaging home among this caring group of professionals and scholars.  Please consider joining in our leadership team within your region or at the national level through Volunteer Central.