Engaging and Supporting Student Veterans

January 10th, 2017 - 1:13pm

Rustic U.S. flag with the words Engaging and Supporting Student Veterans

In December, Swords to Plowshares presented the Combat to Community® training at the Kentfield Campus. The training was informative, helpful, and well-received. The organization is offering the free training along with panel discussions featuring student veterans on Friday, February 3, 2017, in San Francisco. Information along with the link to register is below.

Swords to Plowshares, a veteran rights organization in San Francisco, invites you to attend a special presentation of the Combat to Community® training program. Specifically designed for educators and higher education professionals, participants will learn about the unique experiences of student veterans and practical ways to create or improve supportive practices on campus.

The program is based on Swords to Plowshares’ Combat to Community® training, a series of accredited cultural competency curricula to teach communities to address the challenges veterans face reintegrating into society and the unique skill sets they acquire in service.

Participants have the opportunity to attend either a morning or afternoon session and participate in the presentation, guided discussion, application exercises, and a discussion panel with student veterans.
Continuing education credit is available for MFT, LPCC, LEP, LCSW, and CAADE professionals licensed in California.

February 3, 2017

Morning session: 9 a.m. – noon
Afternoon session: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
San Francisco War Memorial Building
401 Van Ness Avenue, room 210
San Francisco, CA 94102

Register to attend


Part I: Combat to Community® training
(9 a.m. – 11 a.m.; or 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.) 

  • Learn commonly shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that often characterize service in the military.
  • Discuss how military and veteran experience, service-related injuries, and disability can impact the student veteran experience.
  • Identify common challenges, lessons learned, and best practices in identifying, engaging, and supporting student veterans with real case examples.
  • Learn how to develop potential partnerships with organizations to refer student veterans and families for supportive services.
  • Participate in an application exercise that focuses on formal and informal supportive practices through the university and on campus; providing opportunities for student veteran engagement, support, community, and academic development tailored to veteran needs, academic strengths, and resources.

Part II: Discussion Panel with Student Veterans
(11 a.m. – noon; or 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.) 

  • Participate in a panel discussion with student veterans attending Bay Area colleges and universities to understand their experiences and discuss ways to support veterans in education.