Duquesne University Student Veterans Association
Help Send Duquesne University Student Veterans to the Student Veterans of America National Conference
Every year, Student Veterans of America hosts a National Conference which is the largest annual gathering of student veterans, advocates, thought-leaders, stakeholders, and supporters in higher education in the world.
Many of our students are on the Post 9/11 GI Bill or Vocational Rehabilitation through the VA and aren’t able to work while attending classes at Duquesne. Money’s tight, especially around the holidays to take a trip anywhere.
Why We Want to Attend the Conference
Not only will what we learn at the Conference benefit us, but we can also bring that knowledge back to Duquesne's campus to share with our fellow Student Veterans. At the Conference we will:
- Learn about new programs and best practices as well as network with other veterans
- Meet employers who are seeking to hire talented Student Veterans to be their future leaders after we graduate from Duquesne
- Advance our knowledge and understanding of a wide range of topics relating to veterans in higher education
- Explore how to strengthen ties between the veteran and higher education communities
- Meet fellow student veterans and veteran alumni
- Leave the conference feeling inspired, empowered, motivated, and ready to change the world
We’d love to send a team of four representatives of the Duquesne University Student Veterans Association. In the 14 year history of the Conference, we’ve never sent any students and this would be a big step forward in growing our program. Our initial goal is to ensure we can definitely send two of our veterans. YOU can make that happen!
"It’s been really exciting to be a part of the Office of Military and Veteran Students working as a work study student this past year and a half. Over the summer, we moved our location to a bigger space in Liebermann Hall and a major passion of mine has been trying to create a better environment for students transitioning from the service through Duquesne. This conference really excites me because it addresses some of the major issues affecting my generation of Veterans and will teach us some new ideas and best practices for improving what we are already doing to make Duquesne University really second to none in the area." -- Joshua Furlong, Student Veteran
"I want to learn what I can to be able to help the other veterans, as well as non-veteran students, at Duquesne University. There are a lot of unique difficulties as non-traditional students and as veterans. Combining the two labels creates a whole different set of difficulties. Attending this conference will hopefully let me achieve this goal." -- Sara Mancilla, Student Veteran
"I feel like this is a great opportunity to network with some leaders in the field of psychology and sit in on some panels covering the latest research. Oftentimes, PTSD is glossed over in classes because it’s not the most dominant mental health condition most professionals deal with. I also think it’s a great opportunity to learn how to better our chapter here so we can keep growing." -- George a Joliet, Student Veteran
A Larger Goal . . .
While the goal of this crowdfunding campaign is to send students to the Conference, we would love to exceed our goal and put those funds towards another project.
In 2016 Student Veterans of America and Home Depot were generous in providing a small grant to build our initial Veterans Lounge on the 7th floor of Liebermann Hall on campus. Over the summer, we’ve relocated to a bigger space on the 1st floor mezzanine.
With this new space, we have gained an additional room next to our work study office we’d love to transform into a space that’s accommodating to all of our veterans. The University does a great job in the Office of Disabilities with creating two quiet rooms for testing with white noise machines – but they are geared for testing.
If we exceeded our goals for sending students to the conference – we’d love to use any extra funding to transform our quiet room to a one of a kind room for our students to decompress and accommodate any issues our students struggle with. A few ways we are looking to make this a reality is purchasing some sound panels to quiet the noise, purchase a few white noise machines and utilize other best practices with the help of our Office of Disabilities.
Please Give Today & Help Spread the Word!
Thank you for taking the time to check out our crowdfunding campaign. We hope we have conveyed to you what a big difference your donation would have on Duquesne University Student Veterans. Please donate today! Also, we ask that you please share our page (www.spirit.duq.edu/veterans) directly with anyone who might be interested in donating or simply post that link on social media.