With rising numbers of veterans enrolling in college, UNCG’s Program in Conflict and Peace Studies and UNCG Veteran’s Services will explore what it takes to create a veteran-friendly campus Feb. 20-22.

The conference, “Creating a Veteran-Friendly Campus,” will include a showing of the Emmy-Award winning documentary, “Where Soliders Come From,” at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, followed by a panel discussion. The film will be shown in room 032 of Jackson Library.

Dr. David Cortright, director of policy studies at Notre Dame University’s Kroc Center for International Peace Studies, will give the keynote address, “Winning Without War: New Security Strategies for the 21st Century.”

A full slate of events can be found at http://conflictstudies.uncg.edu/site/conference.html. The conference costs $35 for professionals; students and veterans may attend for free. Online registration is available at https://www.wepay.com/events/creating-a-veteran-friendly-campus.

The conference is designed for anyone connected to veterans on campuses, including administrators, faculty, support services, workforce development officers and employers, said Dr. Tom Matyok, an assistant professor in peace and conflict studies and a conference organizer.

“UNCG has had great success being recognized as a veteran-friendly campus,” Matyok said. “We are looking to extend that recognition by bringing together those interested in veteran issues on college and university campuses to share best practices and identify issues still needing attention.”

Last fall, Military Times Edge magazine named UNCG a “Best for Vets” school. UNCG was the only public university in North Carolina included in the annual ranking. Close to 500 military-affiliated students at UNCG receive GI Bill benefits; UNCG’s graduation rate for veterans is 72 percent.


By Lanita Withers Goins