The Military Resource Center Initiative
GW Veterans, the Student Veterans of America chapter at the George Washington University, launched an initiative on Veterans Day 2015 to establish a centralized military resource center on the GW Foggy Bottom campus.
The goal of the center is to enrich the support for military affiliated students by creating a space that encompasses the different on-campus military organizations such as student groups, ROTC, and GW VALOR programming/services. The proposed plan is to centralize these existing entities in a manner that increase engagement with students. In addition to providing formal resources, the center would also serve as a space to promote community engagement, provide an inner network of support among students, increase academic success, create an informal home between classes for off-campus students, and elevate GW’s standing as a leader in military friendly schools
What organizations would be in the proposed center?
What does it include?
- Office of Military and Veteran Student Services
- A front desk staffed by VA Work Studies answering incoming e-mails, phone calls, and serving walk-in students
- Central point-of-contact for VALOR students to learn about resources, events, and benefits
- Provides walk-in service to current students and prospective students
- Minimum of three working offices
- An office to be shared by the leaders of the GW Veterans, GW Military Law Society, and the GW Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Student Chapter.
- An office for the Associate Director of the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services
- An office for the Department of Veteran's Affairs VetSuccess Counselor
- Group Study Space / Meeting Room
- Dedicated to group work, tutoring, formal and informal meetings, student development programs, and career counseling.
- The GW Veteran Service Initiative, Military and Veteran Student Support (Center for Career Services), and Mental Health Services will operate office hours and commit to student engagement activities in this area.
- Individual Study Space
- Designed to keep VALOR students academically engaged with administration throughout the school year and intervene with support when necessary to elevate academic achievement.
- Space for military affiliated students to congregate and engage the VALOR and GW community while building a sense of home on campus
- An area to hold events and meetings including functions that connect VALOR and traditional students
- Living room area to socialize, stay engaged in various events/resources, network, and relax
- Small kitchen to allow off-campus students to prepare and store meals and to be utilized during official events held in the space
- Common Access Card (CAC) enabled computers for government, military, and ROTC students to use for UNCLASSIFIED work
- Storage area for students to store personal items such as books and backpacks that they would otherwise have to carry to each class or events on campus such as career fairs
- (None currently)
In the news
December 6, 2015 - GW Hatchet - Student veterans ask officials for space for studying, advising
February 24, 2016 - Task and Purpose - Why Student Veteran Chapters Should Invest In A Vet Center
October 2, 2016 - GW Hatchet - Veterans resource center to open on F Street
November 11, 2016 - GW Impact - One Veteran Charts a Healing Course
Who supports the initiative?
Contact GW Veterans if you want to show your support by sending your logo.