Military-connected students engage with countless campus administrators, faculty and staff, and therefore we recognize that it takes a team to support our military-connected students as they pursue academic and career objectives. If you have a student who self-identifies as having a connection to the military and could benefit by connecting with our office or one the military-connected organizations, the Veterans Office is a resource to you as well.
We also recognize that many members of the Georgetown community who support students inside and outside of the classroom, identify as having a military connection. The Veterans Office serves administrators, faculty, and staff who identify as service members, veterans, and military families.
For more information about the services the Veterans Office provides and educational financial information for military-connected members at Georgetown University, please review the Veterans Office Services and Financing Your Education documents.
Georgetown University’s Veterans Office held its first Veteran Education Training (VET) Ally Program in 2013 to start a dialogue among the campus community to identify the strengths and challenges service members, veterans, and military family members face while pursuing their academic and career goals in a civilian environment. In 2016, the VET Ally Program took place on the Main Campus and for the first time at the School of Continuing Studies to engage more than 50 faculty, staff, and civilian students to establish and equip allies to be a safe space for military students to seek support academically, personally, and professionally.
The Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits, was founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola after recovering from a battle wound and overcoming the challenges he faced while transitioning from being a warrior to a civilian. Georgetown University is a Catholic and Jesuit institution and prides itself with shaping a campus environment around the Jesuit values to educate the whole person. Due to the deep historical connections to the military and the Jesuit values of care and service, Georgetown identifies the responsibility of serving the military community who are a part of the campus community as students, faculty, staff, alumni, and neighbors.
The mission of the VET Ally program is to provide military-connected students with a welcoming and supportive environment in which they can pursue their academic, personal, and professional goals. In order to create this environment, awareness is required so that members of Georgetown’s community who are not directly connected to the military can create a supportive campus. The VET Ally Program provides our campus with a visible network of knowledgeable supporters of service members, veterans, and military families. The seminar covers many topics of great importance to military students studying at Georgetown. Some of the topics paint with wide brushes, so we encourage VET Allies to continue learning about the specific issues faced by military students in higher education by connecting with the Veterans Office and participating in other programs on campus around military topics. This year the programs will give a profile of military-connected students at Georgetown, identifying the services available both on and off campus, perspectives from faculty and current military-connected students on steps to making a military-friendly campus. Participants are offered a handbook that serves as a resource to help VET Allies support the military community. VET Allies are also issued a decal to display in their office or space to highlight that the space is military-friendly.
Mark your calendars for the next VET Ally scheduled for Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 11:30AM-1PM in the Healey Family Student Center. Kindly RSVP!
If you are interested in bringing the program to a department, you can email our office to arrange a seminar.
VET Ally Members
The faculty and administrators listed below have participated in at least on VET Ally Seminar on campus and has an understanding of their role to creating a military-friendly campus. In addition to their name being listed here, you may find the VET Ally logo in their office or syllabus as a way to acknowledge their allyship to the military-connected community. In the event that you have participated in a VET Ally seminar and would like to add your name to the member directory on our website, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Margarita Abaunza, School of Medicine, Associate Registrar
Andrew Addison, Student Centers, Assistant Director
Jesse Bailey, Human Resources, Hoya Staffing
Jacki Banks, Cawley Career Education Center, Career Counselor
Christopher Barth, Office of Residential Living, Community Director
Laura Bishop, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Associate Teaching Professor & Academic Program Manager
Daniela Brancaforte, McDonough School of Business, Undergraduate Program Office Assistant Dean
Ashley Bray, Academic Resource Center, Disability & Learning Skills Advisor
Charlene Brown-Mckenzie, Center for Multicultural Equity and Access, Director
Chad Carnegie, Georgetown University Police Department, Police Lieutenant
John Carpenter, McDonough School of Business, Chief Technology Officer
Michelyne Chavez, School of Foreign Service Center for Jewish Civilization, Events and Program Coordinator
Meg Cohen, School of Continuing Studies, Assistant Dean, MPS Public Relations and Corporate Communications
Laura Cutway, Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Affirmative, Action Title IX Coordinator
Martina Darragh, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Deputy Director, Reference
Jennifer Dresden, Department of Government, Professor and Associate Director
Laura Dunn, Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship, Project Coordinator
David Ebenbach, Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship, Professor of the Practice
Randal Ellsworth, Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship, Graduate Assistant
Laura Erikson, McDonough School of Business, Assistant Director, MBA Programs
Erin Ferree, School of Foreign Service, Career Advisor
Jessica Gershuny, Center for Security Studies, Director of Admissions
Kelly Grady, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Assistant Dean, Graduate Student Academic Affairs & GUMC Adjunct
Cornelia Gustafson, Center for Security Studies, Director of Academic Affairs
Michele Handlir, McCourt School of Public Policy, Associate Director of Marketing and Recruitment
Ann Heard, School of Continuing Studies, Director of Admissions
Erin Hill, Student Health Services, Interpersonal Violence Training and Education Specialist
Katherine Himmelman, Office of Residential Living, Community Director
Timothy Jorgensen, Health Physics, Professor
Jihye Kim, Center for Student Engagement Program, Coordinator
Mei-Ling Klein, Master of Science in Foreign Service, Assistant Director, Finance & Administration
Jennifer Kluge, School of Medicine, Office of the Dean of Research Chief of Staff
Annie Kraft, Center for Security Studies, Coordinator of Academic Affairs and External Education
Karen Lautman, Department of English, Administrator
Joselyn Lewis, Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship Associate, Director for Inclusive Teaching and Learning Initiatives
Stephanie Lynch, Division of Student Affairs, Assistant Dean
Carolina Madinaveitia, Department of History, Program Coordinator
William Mea, McCourt School of Public Policy, Professor
Joelle Miles, School of Continuing Studies, Program Director, Emergency and Disaster Management
L.J. Moore, Student Health Services, Case Manager
Edward Mutegi, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Coordinator, Health Systems Administration
Kris Nessler, Center for Student Engagement, Director of Outdoor Education
Ijeoma Njaka, Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship, Graduate Assistant
Colleen Norton, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Professor
Aaron Puckett, Law Center, Systems Integration Engineer
Polly Robey, School of Foreign Service, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs
Amanda Ruthven, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Assistant Director of Academic Affairs
Shane Ryan, Center for Student Engagement, Director of Orientation, Transition and Family Engagement
Clay Shields, Department of Computer Science, Professor
Ha Young Shin, Office of Student Financial Services, Assistant Director for Counseling
Ray Shiu, Center for Social Justice, Associate Director
Adrianna Smith, Office of the Provost, Project Coordinator
Libby Steinmeyer, Counseling and Psychiatric Service, Case Manager
John Steitz, CETS Assistant, Director
Ali Stowe, Center for Student Engagement, Assistant Director
Ai-Hui Tan, Communication, Culture, and Technology, Director of Admissions and Communications
David Terry, Athletics, Assistant Coach, Strength and Fitness
Daniel Weggeland, Department of Government, Professor
Joe Weston, Department of Government, Professor
Hernando Zambrano, School of Continuing Studies, Assistant Director for the Institute for Transformational Leadership
Jia Wen Zhu, Center for Student Engagement, Graduate Assistant