Federal Hiring Seminars for Veterans
The seminars, presented in two parts, discussed new laws enacted for hiring those with veterans preference and how to use the new rules in your favor when applying via usajobs.gov. The seminars also discussed preferred terminology for federal applications and how to properly follow up with an agency you have applied for as well as what applicants need to showcase to stand out against other folks. This event was presented for free through the help of MCC, ASPSU, and Bonneville Power.
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Group Forum
The DADT forum was a 6-member panel open to the public, in which veterans/reservists/national guardsmen had a moderated debate with members of the Queer Resource Center (QRC) regarding the DADT policy and the effects on the military if it is recinded.
Jules Turner Memorial Scholarship
The scholarship fund is designed to aid student veterans in achieving their educational goals. The application period opens in the spring and will be announced yearly. In 2009, we raised enough funding to award two $1,500 grants. Please contact us if you want to help with fundraising. Originally designated as the "SVA Scholarship," it was renamed to the Jules Turner Memorial Scholarship in spring 2010 in memory of SVA member and veteran Jules Turner.
SVA/Muslim Student Association Dinner
30 people attended a dinner to promote conversation and understanding between people of different cultures conducted in Spring 2008 at Abu Rasheed's restaurant. The dinner was organized again in Winter 2010, with around 50 people in attendance. The goal is to conduct this dinner annually.
'The Telling' Project works with communities and organizations to produce “Telling,” an innovative theatrical production in which military veterans, personnel and their family members, after extensive interviews and subsequent performance training and rehearsal, stage the ‘telling’ of their stories. The project is a response to difficulties common among veterans in readjusting to civilian life.
Underlying 'The Telling' Project is the conviction that, while the choice to speak is an individual one, the sustaining of an open society is a public responsibility. Having served their country and their communities, military veterans have earned the right to share their experiences publicly, should they so choose. It is both the privilege and obligation of their country and their communities to listen. The Telling Project creates opportunities for veterans to speak, and their fellow citizens to listen.
The official website is found at http://thetellingproject.org.
Panels of around ten veterans who speak about their military experience, usually attended by around 40 members of the student body and community.
Women in the Military Forum
Similar to the regular vet forums only focusing specifically on women’s experience in the military.
Working with Homeless Veterans
Currently 1/3 of the male homeless population in this country is veteran. No data is currently available regarding how many female veterans are homeless. We have volunteered at soup kitchens and at community events supporting the homeless veteran population.