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Green Zone Training

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The Veterans Resource Center offers the Green Zone Training Program for UNM Faculty and Staff. In line with UNM’s commitment to create a challenging and supportive environment for its students, the VRC is committed to actualizing that environment for veteran and military students by empowering the faculty and staff members who can best help them transition to the UNM community.

Green Zone Trainings prepare university faculty and staff to better understand the experience of veterans, service members and their families at UNM. Participants will be able to better communicate the strengths, challenges and unique needs of our military student population. They will also be better equipped to refer those students to appropriate services when needed. Individuals who complete the Green Zone Training are visibly identified by a “Green Zone” Lobo paw print. Similar to the “Safe Zone” program of the LGBTQ Center, the Green Zone paw identifies allies to the military community and helps foster a supportive environment at UNM.



Why do we need Green Zone Trainings?

UNM has over 1000 identified veteran and military students on campus. Many of these students face unique challenges as non-traditional students who are older, have families, or are making a change in their career. Some might have disabilities—both visible and not—or transition issues that make the classroom environment more challenging. We know that when veteran and military students are given the resources to excel, they do just as well if not better than their civilian peers; we want to encourage that support and ensure that every one of our veterans and military students have the opportunity to succeed.

By the end of this training participants will be able to

  •  Describe the demographics and diversity of UNM veteran and military students.
  •  Discuss the military experience, including the emotional cycle of deployment, the challenges of transitions from and back to civilian life, and the experience of military family members.
  •  Summarize the unique strengths of veteran and military students.
  •  Explain how PTSD and TBI can affect the student’s experience, and suggest services for support.
  •  Determine what to say and what not to say to veterans to be most supportive.
  •  Identify the support veteran and military students want from staff and faculty.
  •  Identify and explain VRC services for veteran and military students.
  •  Identify the types of military educational benefits and how schedule changes can incur a student debt.
  •  Appraise what to do in difficult scenarios when working with veteran and military students.

Contact Alonzo Maestas at or at (505) 277-0532 for information and inquiries.

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Physical Address 

Veterans Resource Center
SUB Suite 2002
MSC03 2215
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131



(505) 277. 3181/3184

Hours of Operation

9 A.M. - 4 P.M.
(Monday - Friday)
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