On Sept.9th, 2019, UBC has announced its commitment to become Canada's first veteran-friendly campus by 2020 to further its support for the health and well-being of all current and future veterans on campus. From providing students with military training for the First World War to preparing today's veterans with the tools they need to succeed in life, UBC has a long history of honouring and supporting those who serve our country.
By becoming a veteran-friendly campus, UBC commits to provide programs and services specially designed for veterans including specialized mental health and counselling support, priority student housing, social and recreational opportunities, professional development courses and a Royal Canadian Legion Branch, which will be the first to establish in more than 30 years.
The initiative is led by Marvin Westwood, who is the founder of the faculty of education's Centre for Group Counselling and Trauma (CGCT) as well as the Veterans Transition Program – a group-based program developed at UBC by psychologists and medical experts that has been assisting veterans in transitioning back to civilian life since 1997.
As part of the initiative, the university will also revise its admission process for veteran identification as well as ensure staff and faculty members are more mindful when communicating about veteran-related topics. More than 75 veterans have returned to school this school year with an additional 21 who is currently taking CGCT’s professional development courses on human security and development to prepare for work in international non-profits.
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