Chelsea O’Brien, Military-Connected Student Special Interest Coordinator
August 29, 2018
February 2019 seems like it is so far away, but soon enough the deadline for conference proposals for the Symposium on Military-Connected Students will be due. I have had the privilege to serve on the planning committee for the 2018 symposium as well as the one in 2019. For the 2018 event we wanted to expand our focus to the research being conducted within the field. We really wanted to showcase some of the information gathered and analyzed to make it available to everyone working with student veterans. I think we achieved that goal, although there is definitely more to do.
This year, I would like to encourage all practitioners to not only submit proposals for research being done, but also for programs and resources related to all of our military-connected students. What does military-connected mean? To me, it means not only our students who have served or are serving in the US Armed Forces, but also to the dependents who support those who serve. Spouses and children of military professionals have also served our country, and there are campuses that have built programming, resources, and personnel around the needs of all military-connected students.
You might think that your program is boring, or is common, or isn’t worthy of an entire 60 minute session. But here’s the thing: many campuses don’t have programming like that at all. If you have any questions, or want help brainstorming what your session proposal should look like, feel free to reach out! My work email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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