Contributing to Our Veteran-Friendly Campus
We would like to thank University of New Mexico faculty and staff for their outstanding contributions to the UNM Veterans Resource Center. Through our team approach, the University of New Mexico is now recognized as one of the top veteran friendly colleges in the nation. Our University has become increasingly conscious of the unique challenges facing student veterans upon transitioning to academia and has begun training faculty and staff on how to foster a supportive academic environment for student veterans. As of now, there are a couple of training options available:
1. Host a Department Training Session
Training sessions typically last an hour and cover “Do’s and Don’ts” for interacting with student veterans as well as where to refer students who may need additional academic or social support. The session also offers an informal opportunity for staff to engage with a current UNM student veteran and mental health counselor from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
2. Distribute PDF Resources
PDF resources are available to help faculty and staff familiarize themselves with “Do’s and Don’ts” for interacting with student veterans as well as where to refer students who may need additional academic or social support. There is an additional handout that highlights particularly useful resources on campus for student veterans. Please distribute the attached resources to faculty, staff, and students in your department.
3. Participate in Interactive Online Training
The UNM Veterans Resource Center has partnered with Kognito, a national training firm, and Operation College Promise to provide a 30-minute, online, interactive training program about the needs and experiences of student veterans on campus. Further information about the program can be found at www.kognito.com/demos. Please select Veterans On Campus Faculty Training and provide the information requested. Kognito will send you an email with a link to the demo. Training licenses will be distributed to interested faculty and staff upon request.
By taking an active role in building a veteran friendly campus, faculty and staff communicate to student veterans that the University is supportive of their academic success. Please contact us at VRC with questions or to discuss training options that will fit the needs of your department. Thank you for your support.
Counseling, assistance and referral services (CARS) provides support to the faculty and staff of the University of New Mexico. Additionally, spouses of UNM employees are entitled to the benefits which include but are not limited to:
- Individual and Couples Counseling
- Crisis Intervention
- Short-term Problem Resolution
- Alcohol or Other Drug Abuse Counseling
- Supervisory Consultations with Organization Leadership
- Seminars and Workshops
- Departmental In-Service Training
CARS encourages veteran UNM employees, their dependents, or employees who would like support in engaging with student veterans to take advantage of these free services.
1800 Mesa Vista NE
Albuquerque, NM 87131
cars.unm.edu | (505) 272-6868