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Essential Discussions: Supporting Student Veterans in Higher Education

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09:30 am - 03:00 pm

Hosted by: The Veterans Office, The Office of Inclusion/Diversity/Equity/Accountability and The President’s Office

With special guests: Mr. Adrian Hale, Senior Manager of Workforce / Economic Development & Initiatives at the Rochester Chamber of Commerce, Veteran and MCC Education Alumnus; Dr. A. Peter Ziarnowski, Director of the Rochester Vet Center; Jenny Lopez, Social Worker, VITAL, Family Therapy Clinic; and Dr. Holly Wheeler, Professor, English/Philosophy and Nicholas Stefanovic, Director, Monroe County Veteran Services Agency

Institutions of higher education need to be aware of the special challenges that many military-affiliated students face as they transition from the armed forces to college. The vast majority of faculty and staff have not served in the military and that significant cultural divide needs to both addressed and bridged. To support those who have served, higher education professionals need to understand these challenges and adapt services to ensure our student-veterans are successful as they pursue their educational paths.

Join us for a full-day conference which includes presentations designed to raise awareness and educate those in attendance on how to best serve this important, and often at-risk, student population. Workshops include information on the transition from the service to higher education, professional development to assist faculty and staff working with these students, an overview of veteran’s mental health concerns and the services available to assist them, and a student panel allowing conference participants to ask questions of current student-veterans.   For your convenience, the program schedule is attached.

When:    Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Time:      9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.



Online registration for Supporting Military Affiliated Students on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 is now open. Please click the linkfor  to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. For your convience, attached is the program schedule.

  • Please note:        If you are requesting Interpreting services, please do so by Friday, April 9, 2021 to Mr. Eric Wheeler, Director of Veteran Services at

This event is supported by:  Programming Educators for Action, Collaboration and Equity (PEACE)

Veteran schedule event.pdf

CONTACT: Eric Wheeler at
SPONSOR: Veteran Services and Inclusion/Diversity/Equity/Accountability Office
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