Veterans Center

San Diego State University's primary commitment is to the safety, health and wellbeing of all campus community members, including students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Given the uncertainty of COVID-19, the The Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center is closed. Please feel free to contact us by email at veterans@sdsu.edu or connect virtually Monday to Friday from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Military Ally

Due to current health and safety considerations, all upcoming Military Ally seminars have been canceled. We are keeping a close eye on conditions and will begin offering the seminars as soon as it is deemed appropriate. For any additional information about the program, please feel free to contact Todd Kennedy at tkennedy@sdsu.edu.

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.

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