The West Virginia Green Zone (WVGZ) is a grassroots effort to prepare faculty, staff, and students at West Virginia University to work more effectively with student veterans.
The project began in 2014 when a student and former Army Sgt., Howard Davidson, identified similar programs at other colleges and universities and decided to build one here. Our mission is to build connections between student veterans and civilians on campus.
We strive to combine academic research on student veterans with first-person testimonials
in order to foster honest, meaningful dialogue. For this reason we do the following
- We limit the size of WVGZ presentations because large groups can trigger anxiety for student veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- We limit formal presenting in favor of roundtable discussion because fear of offending others is a documented concern for student veterans.
- We invite honest questions and personal responses, but we do not require participants to share any information that they do not wish to discuss.
- You will be building personal connections with other members of the WVU Community
- You will be giving a voice to the concerns of student veterans on campus
- You will be helping make WVU a better, more welcoming place, for future student veterans
- Academic policies that affect student veterans
- Student-veteran strengths
- Student-veteran challenges
- What it means to be "veteran friendly"