Engaging Student Veterans
A study conducted by the National Survey of Student Engagement found that veterans often describe their transition into college as a “culture shock.” These students truly want to be connected academically, socially, and with campus life but often do not have the tools necessary to find that much needed sense of belonging. Getting the word out that student veterans are not only welcomed and appreciated, but also accommodated on campus is a great first step. Tips include the following:
- Publish information that summarizes the services offered to the veteran population;
- Create campus-wide involvement in Veterans Day activities in November;
- Inquire as to veteran status upon application so that resources can be disseminated early and often;
- Use the members of your veterans task force to be sure that you are addressing the needs of student veterans and allowing their voices to be heard;
- Encourage veterans to speak in classes about their experience; and
- Host panels that encourage the campus community to learn about the veteran perspective on various topics.