Transitioning from military life to student life can be difficult for student veterans, especially if they recently have returned home from a deployment or just recently have completed their active duty service. Unlike the structured atmosphere from the military, universities like Austin Peay State University (APSU) have a variety of colleges, departments and administrative areas that can be challenging to navigate. The Green Zone program is designed to give our students a way to recognize staff and faculty who have been trained to be a resources and allies for student veterans and active duty service members. The goal is to make APSU a more military/veteran-helpful university.
What is Green Zone?
- An initiative to support student veterans by designating locations recognized as a “safe place”
- Identify faculty and staff at APSU who are knowledgeable about issues faced by military affiliated students and the resources available to assist them.
- Participants are identified by a Green Zone emblem located outside their office door and on their syllabus.
- A way to be supportive and give back to those who have sacrificed for others.
- Helps faculty and staff provide supportive services necessary to ensure that military affiliated students are successful in their academic pursuits, adjust to the campus environment, and eventually transition to civilian employment.
Who is a Green Zone volunteer/ally?
- APSU staff and faculty who identify themselves as:
- Someone who is aware of the issues and concerns faced by military affiliated students
- Someone who is available to assist the student
- Someone who has completed the Green Zone training
Volunteers are NOT expected to be experts who can "solve" the problems: instead:
- They lend a sympathetic ear
- They help the student find the appropriate resources for problem resolution.