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    Introduction: The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is fully committed to providing all of its

    (more than four-hundred) Student-Veterans with Veteran-Centric academic and moral support

    services that culminate in a transformational educational experience.

    In line with this commitment, the 3 Dub ClubWomen Warriors of Whitewater support group

    was created and implemented as part of a comprehensive University action plan for bridging

    gaps in how Women-Veterans receive support services on campus.

    Problem Statement

    Gender-Specific Support Services

    Women-Veterans currently account for about twenty percent of the University of Wisconsin

    Whitewaters Student-Veteran population.

    However, there is a serious lack of access to informational and educational material regarding

    gender-specific support services available to Women-Veterans enrolled at the University of

    Wisconsin-Whitewater.

    Moreover, at the present time less than fifteen percent of Women-Veterans enrolled at the

    University of Wisconsin-Whitewater utilize Veteran-Specific Services such as study/leisure

    opportunities at the Student Veterans and Military Service Members Lounge, participation in

    campus-related celebrations honoring veterans and military service members or are active

    members of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewaters Student Veterans Service Organization

    (VSO).

    Based on the above, it is clear that the unique needs of Women-Veterans on the campus of the

    University of Wisconsin-Whitewater are unrecognized and overlooked.

    As such, this effort to facilitate easy access to gender-specific support services for Women

    Veterans attending the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is urgent.

    Goal 1

    Objectives

    Identify issues of concern to the

    Women-Veterans on the University

    of Wisconsin-Whitewaters campus

    and develop recommendations to

    address these concerns through the

    development and implementation of

    gender-specific programming and

    outreach activities.

    Collaborate with key university department staff and

    faculty to aggressively pursue the development and

    implementation of gender-based programming on campus.

    Collaborate with key university department staff and

    faculty to create a culture on campus that recognizes and

    celebrates the contributions and achievements of Women-

    Veterans to the military.

    Collaborate with key university department staff and

    faculty to provide safe, secure and supportive environment

    for Women-Veterans on Campus.

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    Projected Outcomes

    Growth in Women-Veterans Population

    Over the past three decades women have entered the military in ever-increasing numbers.

    Ultimately these women will transition from Service Members to Veterans and from Veterans to

    Students.

    Consequently, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater can expect to see an increase in

    enrollment of Women Student-Veterans accompanied by a greater need for gender-specific

    support services.

    Present Outcomes

    Increased need/use of Support Services by Women Student-Veterans

    The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is currently experiencing a noticeable increase of

    demand for and use of support services by Women Student-Veterans.

    In particular, the increase is most noticeable in the elevated number of Women Student-Veterans

    utilizing the re-oriented Student Veterans and Military Service Members Lounge that

    prominently features the new Veterans Resource Information Center.

    Goal 2

    Objectives

    Provide access to an up-to-date

    directory of services that are

    available to Women-Veterans and

    Service Members who are

    transitioning from military to

    academic life at the University of

    Wisconsin-Whitewater in order to

    ensure their awareness of array of

    equal and effective services being

    provided to

    Women-Veterans.

    Collaborate with the Wisconsin Department of Veterans

    Affairs (WDVA) Hospital to develop and maintain an

    up-to-date directory and services that are available to

    Women-Veterans and Service Members who are

    transitioning from military to academic life.

    Collaborate with Wisconsin Vet Centers to develop and

    maintain an up-to-date directory and services that are

    available to Women-Veterans and Service Members who

    are transitioning from military to academic life.

    Build upon the local community partnerships and

    outreach established for other programs, such as

    domestic abuse intervention services, to establish support

    networks for Women- Veterans in accessing health care,

    employment, financial counseling and housing.

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    This increase in use of the Lounge has directly led to more Women Student-Veteran referrals to

    both on-campus support services, such as the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) and

    community-bas mental health care services of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.

    For example, during a recent Veterans group study session held at the Student Veterans and

    Military Service Members Lounge, the Universitys Coordinator of Student Veterans and

    Military Services overheard a Student-Veteran expressing her frustration and high level of

    anxiety due to her inability to remember simply math equations.

    Further discussion between the Coordinator and the Student-Veteran revealed that she may be

    suffering from an undiagnosed math disability. The Student-Veteran was referred to the

    Wisconsin Department Affairs Medical Center for neuropsychological testing and to the

    Universitys Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD).

    Program Feedback

    What People Are Saying:

    I wish this program was around when I was a freshman here at the University. I really could

    have used it.

    Jazlyn Goudy,

    Student-Veteran (Class of 2015)

    A gender-specific program at the university is a very much needed. I would to love to be

    involved with the program and help out in any way that I can.

    Kristin Linsley,

    Student-Veteran (Class of 2015)

    Key Efforts

    Richard Harris, Coordinator of Student Veterans and Military Services will (CSVMS):

    Make contact at least once per month via face-to-face, by phone or e-mail with program coordinators of VA Hospitals in Madison and Milwaukee that have Women

    Veterans Health Programs which provide an array of services to Women Veterans to

    discuss on-going strategies to better serve the Women-Veterans population at the

    University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

    Make contact at least once per month via face-to-face, by phone or e-mail with program coordinators of Vet Centers in Madison and Milwaukee that provide an array

    of services to Women-Veterans & their family members to discuss on-going

    strategies to better serve the Women-Veterans population at the University of

    Wisconsin-Whitewater.

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    Engage in the distribution of educational and awareness material for Women-Veterans Services via prominent display at the designated Veterans Resource

    Information Center located in the Universitys Veterans & Service Members Lounge

    and other areas on campus;

    Include Women-Veterans education and awareness in the Universitys Veterans Orientation Program sessions;

    Partner with key university department directors to hold staff/faculty information workshops on issues concerning Women-Veterans; and

    Collaborate with various university student organizations to hold student information workshops on issues concerning Women-Veterans.

    Program Documentation

    Richard Harris, Coordinator of Student Veterans and Military Services (CSVMS) will:

    Document the number of Women-Veterans requesting and receiving education and awareness of service provider material;

    Document the number of Women-Veterans referrals made to both campus and community-based resources;

    Document the number of student and staff/faculty information workshops conducted on issues concerning Women-Veterans;

    Document the number of the Universitys Veterans Orientation Program sessions that include Women-Veterans education and awareness;

    Document results of Women Veterans Satisfaction of Program Services Surveys; and

    Document CSVMS participation in trainings/conferences/seminars/workshops that focus on services provided specifically to Women-Veterans and Military Service Members.

    Key Collaborations/Partnerships:

    Community-Based Resources

    Dr. James Lickel VITAL Program Manager

    Madison VA Medical Center

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    Libby Muller Women Veterans Program Coordinator

    Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs

    Jill Feldman, PhD, LCSW Women Veterans Program Manager

    Milwaukee VA Medical Center

    Sandra Schumacher, PhD, CNM, WHNP, BC, RN Women Programs Manager

    Madison VA Medical Center

    Arpita Ghosh, PhD, Advanced Fellow in Womens Health at the Madison VA

    Jerri Jefferson Program Support Assistant

    Milwaukee Vet Center

    Jennifer Sluga Counselor

    Madison Vet Center

    Campus-Based Resources

    Andrew Browning, Case Manage University Care Team

    3 Dub ClubWomen Warriors of Whitewater developed and implemented by:

    Richard Harris, BSW

    Coordinator of Student Veterans & Military Services

    Harris