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Veterans Affairs

Vaughn College is committed to providing supportive services and college resources to student veterans in their transition from military life to their pursuit of a college degree at Vaughn.

We recognize that the veteran student's needs are more complex and diverse than the traditional college student. Under the auspices of our office of counseling and wellness, we have established a Veterans Affairs Office to serve the needs of our veteran student population, identify and address any issues and allocate necessary resources for success. The Veterans Affairs office will allow us to coordinate and streamline the various college efforts to best serve veterans.

For more information please contact Jerima DeWese, associate vice president of student affairs, at 718-429-6600 ext. 221 or via email at veteransaffairs@vaughn.edu.

Academic Advising

Veterans Affairs is collaborating with academic support services to design a veteran's first-year experience (FYE) course. The veteran FYE class will provide student veterans with information on various campus resources, help create a support network with other fellow veterans and assist in the transition to student life. Dedicated academic and financial aid advisement, specific to veterans' needs, has been developed to help student veterans successfully integrate into academic life. All first-year veteran students will be enrolled in the veteran FYE during their first semester at the college.

Counseling Services

The office of counseling and wellness provides bimonthly support group meetings for student veterans. These meetings are meant to build a network of peer support, facilitate transition and healing. To participate in the bimonthly support group, please contact Dr. Nancy Adegoke, director of counseling and wellness, at 718.429.6600 ext. 350 or via email at nancy.adegoke@vaughn.edu.

Living and Learning Community

The house of veterans is a partnership with the office of counseling and wellness as well as residence life to provide an on-campus living experience where veteran students with similar needs and life experiences can share and support each other on their academic journey. If you are interested in living on campus and participating in the house of veterans living and learning, please contact Ms. Janel Keeys, director of residence life and student activities, at 718.429.6600 ext. 316 or via email at janel.keeys@vaughn.edu or Dr. Nancy Adegoke, director of counseling and wellness, at 718.429.6600 ext. 350 or via email at nancy.adegoke@vaughn.edu.

Peer Mentoring Program

The veteran peer-mentoring program will match upper-class veteran students with freshman veteran students to shadow. Mentors will serve in a leadership capacity and serve as a guide to their mentees for the academic year. Mentors will assist their mentees by providing information, identifying resources and connecting them to appropriate offices to obtain their veteran benefits.

The peer mentor application and selection process will begin in the fall 2013 semester. If you are interested in applying to become a peer mentor or are a freshman veteran student beginning your academic journey at Vaughn College, please contact Dr. Nancy Adegoke, director of counseling and wellness, at 718.429.6600 ext. 350 or via email at nancy.adegoke@vaughn.edu. for more information.

Veterans Activities

Veterans Affairs offers veteran programming that recognizes veteran students and provides valuable information. These programs are meant to deepen to the level of engagement and connection to the College. Below is a brief list of veteran programs.

  • Veteran Resource Fair
  • Veteran Guest Speaker Series
  • Veteran Student Elections
  • Veterans Day at Vaughn

If you would like to participate in any of the listed veteran activities or suggest some additional veteran programming, please contact Dr. Nancy Adegoke, director of counseling and wellness, at 718.429.6600 ext. 350 or via email at nancy.adegoke@vaughn.edu.

Veterans Affairs Committee

Vaughn College's committee of veterans affairs is comprised of staff from various departments within the College dedicated to promoting and serving the needs of veteran students. Members of the veteran affairs committee participate in workshops and webinars that focus on bringing a greater understanding to the needs and challenges faced by veteran students on college campuses, and then develop programs and services that address these needs.

Veteran Spotlight

Each month we will profile a veteran on campus who exhibits leadership qualities, engages in community service and demonstrates academic excellence. If you would like to nominate a veteran to be profiled on the veteran spotlight, please contact Jerima DeWese, associate vice president of student affairs, at 718-429-6600 ext. 221 or via email at veteransaffairs@vaughn.edu.

Veteran Student Club

To enable veteran students to transition their military leadership skills to their student life experience, a veteran student club was formed. The club has chosen its leadership and will become active in the fall 2013 semester. If you are interested in participating in the veteran student club, please contact Dr. Nancy Adegoke, director of counseling and wellness, at 718.429.6600 ext. 350 or via email at nancy.adegoke@vaughn.edu. for more information.

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