Military-Connected Students bring unique and valuable perspectives to their university experience. As part of the overall university DE&I objectives, military-connected students are a valued and vital component of our campus community. We recognize and honor their sacrifices and value their life experiences as they broaden the diversity of our student body.
As with any identity group, military-connected student, whether they are student veterans, students who are on active duty, students serving in the National Guard or reserves, or military dependents, bring their own set of experiences, gifts, challenges and expectations to our diverse student body. Learning about their experiences and adapting techniques in the classroom and in campus programming and services helps these students succeed.
As a part of this process the Veteran and Military Services Program was established in 2008. Housed in the New Student Programs (a part of Enrollment Management), the program offers several programming and support structures for military-connected students.
We invite faculty and staff who have served in the military to connect with student veterans via our programs. Your experience and knowledge of U-M combined with your understanding of the military experience places you in a position to offer guidance and advice to students who are making the transition from the military to campus life. The Veteran and Military Services Program is overseen by the VMS program director, Phil Larson, who works closely with current student veterans. Our office will assist in planning social and information programs students.
For faculty and staff who have not served in the military we ask you to go to the Faculty and Staff Training Module Page to participate in an online or face-to-face training module.