UK Hosts Training Conference On Student Veterans

Aug 8, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Nationally, student veterans are not graduating at the same rate as their non-veteran counterparts. A conference held Wednesday at the University of Kentucky aimed to help reverse that trend in the Bluegrass by offering more training to university and college officials.

Over a hundred faculty and staff from colleges and universities across the state gathered at UK Wednesday to attend the seminar presented by the Center for Deployment Psychology, a Department of Defense training consortium. Anthony Dotson, UK Veterans Resource Center Coordinator, says addressing the underlying causes of lower retention rates among veterans often means fostering connections.

"We have a lot of issues with getting them to  even self-identify as a veteran. A lot of them just want to put it behind them. It's one chapter in their life. They've got the money for college and now they're getting on with their plan," he says.

Dotson says that strategy often fails, leaving veterans to navigate college on their own. The hope is that Wednesday’s training will leave participants more sensitive to the unique challenges facing students returning home after service and ready to connect them with fellow veterans on campus.