Seattle University is committed to the continued development of our faculty and staff to better serve our students. To assist our faculty and staff in understanding, serving and respecting our Student Veterans, we have provided tools that will aide them in this process.
The Outreach Center offers Military Cultural Competency training to Seattle University staff and faculty twice a quarter. To learn more and RSVP for an upcoming training, visit their website.
Offers Continuing Education Credit
The From Soldier to Student II: Assessing Campus Programs for Veterans and Service Members report updates a 2009 study which provided the first national snapshot of the programs and services that colleges and universities had in place to serve veterans and military personnel following passage of the 2008 Post-9/11 GI Bill®. The 2012 study finds that substantially more institutions now provide programs and services specifically designed for military service members and veterans than in 2009 when the first study was released.
The following guidelines and best practices have been found helpful when working with veterans of war. Not all veterans found in college/university classrooms will suffer from traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder, however, many can and do. It is important to remember that war and combat, as well as many other traumatic experiences that occur in the military, represent experiences that most civilians would not be able to imagine unless they had first-hand experience. It is our intent to help instructors and faculty members understand that homecoming for a veteran involves recreating oneself, and reaching for goals that may have been delayed by military service.
This document was developed based on the research on promising best-practices for veteran-supportive institutions of higher education. The research revealed 50 common practices that were being implemented by institutions across the United States. These practices were noted in multiple sources and are listed in a natural order of sequence. Each practice has an explanation below it that goes into more depth about the reasoning that was given for the practice. Some of the practices also have a model of practice that gives an example of the specific practice and some also list websites that can be accessed for more information on the practice. Finally, each practice has a section that lists the institutions of higher education in King County that are currently implementing the practice.