‘Green Zone’ Training Helps Islander Faculty and Staff Better Understand Student Veterans

Published: August 14, 2015

‘Green Zone’ Training Helps Islander Faculty and Staff Better Understand Student Veterans

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will host its first Green Zone training, a faculty and staff professional development seminar designed to inform attendees about the unique needs of student veterans.

Green Zone training will take place on Thursday, Aug. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon, in Corpus Christi Hall, room 113. It’s one of many classes being held during Islander Forum, an annual event that focuses on Islander faculty/staff development. Green Zone training will be taught by Dr. Jeff Dillard, Assistant Professor of Political Science, and Dr. Helen Yu, Assistant Professor of Public Administration. Both Dillard and Yu are military veterans and faculty advisors for the Student Veterans Organization.

“One of the top complaints from student veterans who are new to college is a general level of confusion about who does what, and where to find assistance," said Dillard. This is because military life is typically more rigid in its structure, while academic life is just the opposite. "Green Zone training aims to help faculty and staff understand this cultural difference so they'll be better equipped to assist student veterans in need."    

Topics of Green Zone training include military-to-academic transitioning, post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury in the classroom, the GI Bill, Hazelwood Act, and veteran services on campus. There will be guest speakers from the Office of Veterans Affairs, the Office of the Registrar, Nueces County Behavioral Health Center, Career Services, and a number of student veterans representing the Student Veteran Organization.

Upon successful completion of Green Zone Training, faculty and staff will be given the coveted Green Zone sticker to display on their door, announcing that their office is a “veteran safe zone.”

“While we do not expect our Green Zone certified members to be able to solve every issue a student veteran may have, we anticipate that they’ll at least have an understanding of the student veteran’s problem and be able to point them in the right direction,” said Dillard. “Our main goal is to bridge the cultural gap that exists between the military and academia.”

There is no need to pre-register for the class. All attendees will be treated to light refreshments and a free t-shirt. For more information, contact Dr. Jeff Dillard at 361.825.5511; or email jeff.dillard@tamucc.edu.