Veterans Center

Military Ally

The Military Ally Awareness Program, developed by the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center at San Diego State University provides insight into and awareness of the unique cultural and social background of the military community. All students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to attend regardless of their military affiliation, to learn more about and explore the unique cultural and social structures of the military community. The seminar is not solely for those with little or no military affiliation. Instead, we highly encourage attendance by those who have served, are still serving in some capacity, as well as military family members, as these voices and experiences lend to enhancing the scope of the conversations.

The goal of the Military Ally program is to continue to build upon the outstanding campus atmosphere of SDSU and the San Diego area as a whole by fostering a greater sense of inclusion for all members of our community. Those who attend the seminar and become an Ally to our veterans, service members, military families, and supporters, will gain insight into the diverse nature of the military culture, while gleaning ways to connect with and support this population through understanding and communication. Participants walk away with a better understanding of the challenges the military population may encounter as well as the benefits of enriching our inclusive community.

Designed as a structural competency program, Military Ally presentations are comprised of interactive discussions about relevant data, military culture, cross-boundary communications, and the incorporation of various social theory models. Upon completion of the seminar and becoming a part of the Military Ally network, attendees receive a placard to place in their work space, a lapel pin to wear, and a prestigious challenge coin as visible indicators of their support for the military community and membership in this mutually beneficial circle.

Upcoming Military Ally seminars are scheduled for the following dates, and attendance at one is the only requirement to join the network:

May 31, 2019
June 21, 2019
July 26, 2019
August 23, 2019
September 27, 2019
October 25, 2019
November 22, 2019
December 20, 2019
January 17, 2020
February 28, 2020
March 27, 2020
April 24, 2020
May 29, 2020
June 26, 2020
July 31, 2020
August 28, 2020

Each session begins at 8:30 a.m., concludes at approximately 12:30 p.m., and refreshments will be provided.

If you wish to attend one of the upcoming Military Ally sessions, please RSVP to Todd Kennedy at tkennedy@sdsu.edu as soon as possible to secure a seat. Once you RSVP, you will receive a separate email with the location and other pertinent details of the seminar as they are solidified. Additionally, please feel free to share this information with colleagues, co-workers, family, and friends on- or off-campus as we are always looking to expand the Ally network throughout the greater community.

Todd Kennedy
Military & Veterans Program Administrator
San Diego State University
tkennedy@sdsu.edu