Conference to Provide Best Practices for Working with Student Veterans


The Office of Military and Veteran Services at Marywood University will host "Beyond GI Joe: The Contemporary College Student Veteran" on Monday, August 6, through Wednesday, August 8 in the McGowan Community Room, Swartz Center.

  • General attendees: $150 for 3 days or $75 per day
  • NASPA attendees: $125 for 3 days or $50 per day


This is the first cohesive effort of its kind focusing on educating regional colleagues on best practices when working with the military and veteran student population. A students' military culture often stays with them long after they separate from service. With the recent and predicted significant influx of student veterans into higher education and the workforce following the events of 9/11, it is important for both current and future student affairs professionals and current graduate and undergraduate student leaders to have an understanding of military culture.

Lauren Williams, director of Military and Veteran Services, developed "Beyond GI Joe" as part of her Higher Education Administration graduate professional contribution. The program first took place at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, from June 20 - 23, 2011. Williams later presented Beyond GI Joe at the Department of Defense Worldwide Education Symposium in Las Vegas, NV, as part of the service members Opportunity Colleges (SOC) expert panel.

This three-day summer institute will offer an intensive and interactive educational experience that will enhance the course participants' understanding of today's student veteran and help them to better serve this growing student population on their respective campuses. Participants will be given various opportunities to engage with the military community and will meet with guest experts on the GI Bill and its corresponding benefits.

Participants will engage in a group discussion led by military spouses and family members, which addresses the important position that family plays in the service member's success. Finally, participants will explore the "veteran experience" on college and university campuses and examine issues veterans face when assimilating back into civilian life and into the classroom.

Chartwells and NASPA Region II are sponsoring this program.