Student Veterans and Supporters Alliance

April 9, 2012 by  
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With 7,500 veterans expected to return to CT over the next 24 months, there is an increasing need to expand services and training to effectively support this emerging constituency. To that end, students in the School of Social Work have established the Student Veterans and Supporters Alliance, a student-led organization to help fellow MSW students enhance their own cultural competencies and to embrace the knowledge that our fellow classmates and veterans would like to share with them.

Photo of MSW student leaders Ron Sturm (left) and Mark Vesco (right) with Dean Salome Raheim and Associate Dean Catherine Havens

MSW student leaders Ron Sturm (left) and Mark Vesco (right) with Dean Salome Raheim and Associate Dean Catherine Havens

The mission of the Student Veterans and Supporters Alliance (SVSA) is to serve and support active duty personnel, reservists, national guard, veterans, and civilian Allied communities at the UConn School of Social Work. The SVSA recognizes and celebrates the gendered and minority experience of those who have and are currently serving.

The SVSA mission is to ensure that our school’s environment, classrooms, curricula, policies and events are accessible, safe, open, and affirming to all individuals regardless of military or civilian status, including but not limited to the gendered and minority experiences of our current and prior service constituents. As a social justice organization, we support all efforts to further equality and empowerment for all student veterans. We are committed to educating our fellow social work students to raise awareness of and to educate those interested in learning about veterans’ issues.

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