The Military Ally Awareness Program, developed by the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center at San Diego State University and presented in partnership with the University of San Diego, provides insight into and awareness of the unique cultural and social background of the military community. The program is based on the "safe zone" concept and generates a network of partners which today's military community can easily identify as understanding their situation. The program provides college campuses, community organizations, civic agencies, public and private industry, and other groups with the tools to understand , empathize with proctor the success of this large and diverse population.
Consisting of a four hour seminar, Military Ally presentations offer discussions about the military culture, presents relevant data and demographic models, and interactive discussions to fully engage all learning styles. Participants walk away with a better understanding of the challenges the military population may encounter as well as the benefits of having this group on our campuses and in our communites. Those who complete the seminar and become a part of the Military Ally network receive a placard to place in their workspace and a lapel pin to wear as visible indicators of their network membership.
Participation in the Military Ally program is open to campus faculty, staff, administrators, and student groups and partners including off-campus community organizations, civic agencies, active and reserve military components, and business leadership. Participation is especially welcome to other colleges and universities in the region, throughout the state, and across the country as it is recognized that many military and veteran students transfer between institutions and the easily recognizable Military Ally symbolism will help ease the often confusing integration into a new academic environment. Attendance is not exclusive to those with limited or no military connection. Rather, we encourage participation regardless of service connection and our attendees have consisted of veterans, active and reserve service members, military retirees, and family members.
For upcoming session dates and additional information, please follow us on Facebook. To reserve a seat in one of the seminars or to schedule a Military Ally session for your office, group, organization or business, and for more information please reach out to us. Thank you for your interest in and support of the military community and we look forward to joining you to the Military Ally ranks!
Military & Veterans Program Administrator
San Diego State University