MCLI Dialogue Day: Reaching and Teaching Student Veterans
MCLI Dialogue Day: Reaching and Teaching Student Veterans for Classroom Success Miguel Fernandez, Faculty Liaison for Student Veterans Composition, Literature, Creative Writing Faculty Presentation & Entire Toolkit for developing veteran friendly faculty training: http://miguelfernandez.com/?p=65 Nov 13 2015 AGENDA (2.5 hrs) 1:40pm-2pm
THE most impt thing you can do for your classroom: Sample SYLLABUS section for Military Connected: win (faculty)-win(students)-win(admin & support) 2pm-2:20pm Background on Veterans: Stereotypes, Myths or Realities? Practical tips: Rounds 1, 2, 3 2:20pm-2:30pm BREAK (2:30 A. Olivas) AGENDA (2.5 hrs) 2:40pm-3:15pm Role of Veteran Services & A Student Veteran
Biggest wish, biggest problem, thing they wish others knew Walk-through: Scenario: triggered incident 3pm Q&A 3:15-3:25: Active Learning: 3 scenarios: Groups for 10 min 3:25: GROUP Discuss scenarios of 3: for solutions 3:50 CLOSE UP: Evals, Assessement (Reflections) For Faculty Professional Growth
Fill out Sign up Sheet Complete and hand in Evaluation form Complete assessment/reflection form Complete the application for Faculty Prof. Growth NonAcademic Clock hours avail online within 90 days and turn in the paper copy to your FPG representative. internal_app.doc https://mcli.maricopa.edu/files/fpg/internal_app.doc [46k] I will complete attendance Verif form
Introductions Name, job/title, College/affiliation What you hope to get from this session Overview:
What caught your attention? How many people, have had interactions with veteran students, co-workers, employees, etc that brought to attention the vet part? Positive? (leadership, drive, direct action)? Negative? (confrontations, conflict, off norm reactions, anger issues?) Why Military connected students can be challenges in the classroom Priority of education vs life demands Cynicism towards academics and civilians
Out of school for some time treated as developmental Accommodations (NOT exceptions!) Cannot relate to younger students Want Structure! Bad habits issues of authority, especially with female instructors Why Military connected students can be assets in the classroom
Inclusion Diversity Experience Leadership Follow through Values become mission
Hey it was Veterans Day! YES/NO: Ask Vets to stand up and say: Thank you for your Service? The whats next A section on your Syllabus for Military-connected Students http://cgc.edu/veterans and click on Faculty Training & Resources Syllabus Section HEADER
Student Veteran/Reserves/Guard/Active Duty: Support & Responsibilities: Student veterans are DEFINED as any branch/level of prior, active or current military service active, retired, reserves, guard, combat, support, logistics, with/without GI Bill, attending college as a student. Student Veterans have access to ALL standard college student services (tutoring, computer lab, clubs,etc) plus specific veteran support and transition resources. Syllabus Section A: A)The college operates for all students under
the mission of accommodation, not exceptions when it comes to course content and grading, college requirements and expectations, and the contract of the course syllabus. That said, there are massive assets and support available for all stages and needs of student vets transitioning to college. Syllabus Section: B B)Student veterans are strongly suggested to self-identify to the instructor on or before day 1 [I want my vet students to get a fair shake, so] (privately is fine), especially if seeking awareness for or needing accommodations
including but not limited to scheduling (VA appointments, unit activation/deployments possible mid-semester), course content (PTSD trigger risk topics or activities, for example), physical or other service-related needs(service animal, visual or hearing impaired assistance/ technologies, PTSD, in-treatment status, seating location needs, etc). Some accommodations require confirmation, such as registering with DRS (Disability Resources Services). Contact Office of Student Veteran Services for further information on any questions related to accommodation needs. Reasons for excusable absences for student veterans must be presented as early as possible and may be considered only for previously selfidentified veterans Syllabus Section C: C) Accommodations: Excused Absences for
student veterans, reservists and activated military connected: As documented in the student handbook and college rules, reasons for excusable absences for student veterans must be presented as early as possible (VA appointments, medical procedures (eg surgery) including pre and post recovery periods, activations, reservist training). Syllabus Section D: D) #1 Student Veteran issue: VA Policy if you Stop Attending Class: F vs DROP: Students who simply stop attending classes will be
dropped, with possible consequences related to VA policies and payments (can range from VA /GI Bill requiring student to repay the course out of pocket, lowered and/or pro-rated living allowance, change in full time student status which may affect benefits). If you need to stop attending a class, contact the instructor as soon as possible, give a reason, check your options with instructor and Office of Student Veteran Services. Syllabus Section E: E) Primary Rallypoint/Student Veteran starter Contact: Office of Student Veteran Services
480,726.4122, Coyote Center 2nd floor (Services Coordinator: Reda Chambers, tel:480-726-4094, [email protected] ). Start here for what do I do next at the college questions, Green Zone contacts on campus, referral points, G.I. Bill and Also: student veterans lounge Pecos Campus Lounge: Coyote Center, 2nd Floor. Tel: 480,726.4122. Open 8am 5pm Williams Campus Lounge: Bluford Hall, Tel: 480.988.8177. 7360 E. Tahoe Avenue Mesa, AZ 85212. What is the magic triangle of support for student vets? Veteran Student Services + (Faculty + Advising ally) + SVO/SVA REMINDER: cut & paste from:
http://cgc.edu/veterans and click on Faculty Training & Resources & discuss w/dept chair Random Round #1 of TIPS The 3 poses Golden rule: If you know one Vet, you know one Vet Many resent slackers or people given exceptions. They value fair and by the rules, with frameworks of responsibilities and consequences. Background on Veterans
1)WHAT THEY CARRIED: All veterans carry the burden of combat experience (visible and non-visible issues): YES & NO Issues veterans bring back VARY based on where deployed, their MOS, their status (combat, support, logistics)1, and their background. There are veterans who may have worked with accounting reports 24/7 and those who were in direct line of fire much of the time. Its okay to ask a veteran their branch, time of service: however, its not polite to ask their MOS or what they did. Many will volunteer this. Some will not. Regardless of duties, never ask about killing. There may be criticism or joking between different positions served but a cook or person serving a desk job at a FOB (Forward Operating Base) may hear derision or judgment from students (or
even other instuctors) who consider the former lesser service than combat action. Background on Veterans 1)WHAT THEY CARRIED: experience (visible and non-visible issues) and/or Guilt or Loss of order PTSD Chronic hyper-vigilance Recurring flashbacks Frequent nightmares Persistent insomnia Emotional numbness
Difficulty concentrating Outbursts of anger PTSD feels like a haunting. You cant negotiate with yourself that its not rational It takes control. Most important thing is that its not forever. Feels like it Feels like a hostile divorce. But it can be adapted and dealt with and controlled.2 --2 Margaret Bellafiore. From Combat to Campus. Academe (Journal of American Association of University Professors). Volume 98, Number 5 . September-October 2012 Hypervigilance Background on Veterans In conversation & referral to help: Post
Traumatic STRENGTH Solution Buzzword: Resilience -- ability to become strong, healthy and successful in spite of stressors, Post Traumatic Strength: You come out on the other side of something awful Transition: is a way to address, label, goals of dealing with PTSD even w/those who dont want to self identify as PTSD. For an excellent source of all types of information and resources on PTSD for active, reserve, guard and veterans, highly recommend: http://www.realwarriors.net/active/treatment/ptsdmyths.php Random Round #2 of TIPS
Vet students often maintain a faade of adjustment until blow up Approaching a sleeping vet/Vet in hunker down mode (hat, headphones) Family deploys/deployed Background on Veterans 2) Veterans bonding vs isolation from non-veterans Vets are sometimes very skeptical or cautious about connecting with general population: from political beliefs, from a feeling that civilians just cant related, from a sense and judgment that younger / main population are immature or have NO IDEA about what really matters in life.
Properly transitioned, military connected employees adapt to their roles as students in the general population. This is part of the goal with diversity awareness for veterans: integration and transition to civilian mainstream roles. That said, Green zones can help this transition happen when frustration, interpersonal conflict, and not fitting in hit a boiling point) Background on Veterans 2) Veterans bonding vs isolation from non-veterans Some veterans want to leave their military experience behind, while others live to share war stories and bond the way they did in the military. For some, the military represents everything that was righteous and family; others have lots more in common with
civilian subcultures (for example, in personal experience, one mixed group of traditional/veteran students bonded thoroughly, based on shared opinions of Anime). Background on Veterans 3)Veterans are ready to take over and lead groups and teams In service, theres always a team leader or squad leader or NCO or inspection that makes sure service members are on the ball, on the job, and not neglectful of any step or duty required of them for their unit and/or mission. Some veteran students will rise up to this role especially if they actually led (squad or rank or duties/MOS) or had leadership training. Some will not. Some can lose self sufficiency outside of the familiar regimented structure of the military. Main take-away: those who had leadership roles, may be excellent leaders and
organizers for group and collaboration work. Others will play their part. Others will resent leading especially if they see it as a result of self-identifying as a veteran. Mileage may vary. Hope, but dont presume, that student veterans can and will successfully lead, manage, student groups Background on Veterans 4)ITs NOT PTSD: ITs Transition to a new mission change in social status Transition to a new mission change in social status A source of conflict and frustration comes from change in location, move, or family living situation reorganization: The geographic mobility that the military expects of active-duty families can be a source of both stress and excitement. Active-duty military personnel must move on average once every two to three
years, meaning that military families move 2.4 times as often as civilian families. (AZ Coalition for Military Families). New living quarters, new state application for schools, out of state status for dependents tuition and benefits, licenses, arrangements for child support, etc Not PTSD. Definitely frustration that may manifest as exhaustion or anger as veterans transition to career/work. The Arizona Coalition for Military Families is a public/private partnership focused on building Arizona's statewide capacity to care for and support all service members, veterans, their families and communities. Background on Veterans 4)ITs NOT PTSD: ITs Transition to a new mission change in social status Change in social status and structure/routine disruptions becomes frustration as a transition byproduct: Transition leading to social status reset, after so much time
physically and socially apart, can be the root of many problems in the workplace, including fitting in, concentrating, taking job/customer service as high priority: Vet return to entry level as civilian after achievement in the service WHY? A)Injured dont get to separate and say good bye to their battle buddies and military families. B)Family was functional without vet: suddenly vet is back home and his ways have to change to fit in as roomie for family dont know their place in family 2.07 Once returned, family always represent a commitment that comes first: kids, sickness, dependents, fights, satellite roles and interplay between everyones roles and personalities. Practical Round #3 of TIPS
Easy fixes for student vet success: Checklists! sample topics, example HW from previous semester or walk through on youtube ** Not just support services: add how to no career major exploration: whatever major was marketed to them in the general field (whats diff between computer science and IT certificate or major?) is what they may declare and start courses towards. Many veterans are especially out of the loop because they were not attending career days and similar high school to college orienteering activities. Background on Veterans
6) If they dont buy into value of college.Cheating, honor codes, Plagiarism Desperation/The Patriot Card: Occasionally as faculty youll have a student veteran ask for exception and privilege they served, their schedule was disrupted because of government duty, can they have a break after putting their heads on the line in service to the country whos academic freedoms we all enjoy. Not common, but not rare. Can irritate the life out of other student veterans who see this happen. Here is where accommodation, not exception, makes all the difference. You should accommodate (not Exceptions) situations that happen regarding scheduling, VA appointments, deployments (by law/handbook!), PTSD or medical incidents (changes of medication, triggers, etc), anniversaries and intense or sudden events requiring their leave or absence or For consideration: A deadline re-negotiation request (for example, pending unit activation during exam week or the call about a casualty of a still active member during a no phones on class).
Your syllabus IS CONTRACT: should cover the expectations for accommodation. 10 min Break After break: 1)A. Olivas 2) Q&A and vitals viewpoint from: Veteran Services Student Veteran 3)No more lecturing! Group work! 3 Scenarios Intros & Role of Veteran Services & A Student Veteran
Biggest wish, biggest problem, thing they wish others knew Walk-through: Scenario: triggered incident 3pm Q&A SCENARIO: A phone ringtone sounds that samples a gun and veteran goes under the table and pulls down a student next to him/her, as well, to safety . Veteran student freezes and other students are looking on strangely and veteran emerges embarrassed. You are instructor, in vicinity of incident. What do you do?. 1)Whats going on? What are the issues? Risks?
2)What should you do? 3)Suggestion and why? (write group ideas on back) GROUP ACTIVITY: Groups 3 SCENARIOS Take 10 min for sheet Well group share SCENARIO : A fellow female instructor complains that a veteran
student is undermining her authority and using sexist and nonworkplace appropriate language with other students. 1)Whats going on? What are the issues? Risks? 2)What should you do? 3)Suggestion and why? (write group ideas on back) SCENARIO : A student or fellow employee says they are worried about a student veteran being at risk for suicide. They have a feeling but dont have any evidence. What do you do.
1)Whats going on? What are the issues? Risks? 2)What should you do? 3)Suggestion and why? (write group ideas on back) SCENARIO: Veteran student is inappropriately participating in class. Language or directness is upsetting the classroom of mostly younger students. You discuss with student veteran and they apologize. Now they are either NOT participating at all, or after a few days, excited in conversation and then back to inappropriately taking control of conversations, overexpressing self. What do you do?
1)Whats going on? What are the issues? Risks? 2)What should you do? 3)Suggestion and why? (write group ideas on back) SCENARIO: Veteran student spots a student in class wearing a shirt that says, Stomp the Flag to Protest American Fascism and an upcoming date. He calls out the student on the shirt and the discussion is slowly escalating. What do you do?
1)Whats going on? What are the issues? Risks? 2)What should you do? 3)Suggestion and why? (write group ideas on back) SCENARIO : After a group activity, a veteran student leaves class in a bit of a huff. Everyone is quiet but there appears to have almost been a fight when someone had said the vet was not really a soldier they were a fobbit and sat at a computer and didnt see combat.
1)Whats going on? What are the issues? Risks? 2)What should you do? 3)Suggestion and why? (write group ideas on back) SCENARIO : A veteran student says they were coming to class today when they suddenly froze on the road, in their car, feeling they were on a highway in Iraq and threats all around them. It only lasted for 10 minutes but wanted you to know its why they were late.
1)Whats going on? What are the issues? Risks? 2)What should you do? 3)Suggestion and why? (write group ideas on back) SCENARIO : Student Veteran has stopped submitting work and showing in class for two weeks. They have been dropped with a W. The student asks if you can change the grade to a F they say the W means they will be billed for the class instead of being covered by their GI Bill benefits. 1)Whats going on? What are the issues? Risks?
2)What should you do? 3)Suggestion and why? (write group ideas on back) SCENARIO : A student says they dont feel safe around a veteran student, because there has been some recent cases of vets going off and shooting up someone, and this vet student doesnt socialize with others, and he tells dark jokes about death, etc. What do you do?. 1)Whats going on? What are the issues? Risks?
2)What should you do? 3)Suggestion and why? (write group ideas on back) For Faculty Professional Growth Fill out Sign up Sheet
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Entire Toolkit for developing veteran friendly faculty training: http://miguelfernandez.com/?p=65 Extras: Background on Veterans 4)Transition to a new mission change in social status C)Programs for reintegration exist, but one size rarely fits any in the complex dynamics of transition especially with the veteran in the haze of new hire status: Yellow Ribbon programs: before arrival of veteran, debrief family of changes to come for family reintegration TAPS: transition assistance programs are often limited or disregarded.8 An example of a TAP to help transitioning service members, including Guard and Reserve members demobilizing after
180 days or more of active service, adjust to life after the military: GPS http://www.benefits.va.gov/tap/... an example of standalone GPS training online class on higher education or entrepreneurship: http://jko.jten.mil/courses/tap/TGPS%20Standalone%20Training/start.html D)Green Zone training/Green Zone spaces at work/colleges
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