As part of Syracuse University’s enduring commitment to veteran and military-connected students, the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (OVMA) hosted a virtual welcome orientation prior to the start of the fall semester. Hosted on Zoom, the orientation included a welcome address from J. Michael Haynie, vice chancellor for strategic initiatives and innovation and executive director of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF); overview of veteran services from OVMA executive director Ron Novack; and resource introductions, including those from:
- Veteran Career Services
- Office of Veteran Success
- Veteran Legal Clinic
- Center for Fellowship and Scholarship Advising
- Institute for Veterans and Military Families
- Student Veteran Organization
- Peer Advisors for Veteran Education
- Disability Services Liaison (DSL)
To further make student veterans feel welcome as part of their transition into higher education, dozens of faculty and staff have opted to serve as student veteran liaisons, using orange door tags provided by the OVMA as a visual sign of open lines of communication and engagement for student veterans on campus. The Orange Door Liaison Initiative helps establish wider networks for student veterans on campus.
The tags create further access for communication with student veterans. By volunteering as a student veteran liaison, users are helping address concerns that may arise while talking to a student veteran. The transition into campus life can be difficult and challenging for veterans, and can often include academic, behavioral, legal, financial, personal and family issues.
“The Orange Door Initiative opens up pathways to inclusivity and to connect student veterans with various resources on and off campus,” says Novack. “We remain committed to making Syracuse University a better place for student veterans—one orange door at a time!”
Within the student community, veteran and military-support is readily available from the Student Veteran Organization (SVO). In continued dedication to its mission to provide Syracuse University student veterans, military-connected students, and military family members with resources, support and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation, the SVO recently announced new leadership for the 2020-2021 Academic Year:
“The SVO provides a great way to get involved on campus and gives those who served a sense of camaraderie as they transition to academic life,” says Poag. “Our organization provides opportunity for immediate connection between those with service-related experiences and challenges. Together, our members share strategies for success and become part of the wider Syracuse University community.”
Read more about all the initiatives Syracuse University has to welcome military-connected students.