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About 50 faculty and staff members attended the first Green Zone training offered earlier this month by CMU with assistance from the CMU Student Veterans Association.


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Green Zone training gives student vets a safe space

Just because a student sits in the back of the classroom, near a door and doesn’t have much to say in class doesn’t mean that student doesn’t want to learn. Does that student seem inordinately annoyed with classmates who can’t seem to stop texting or with others who treat people in a way that might appear disrespectful?

It is possible that the student is one of a growing number of veterans at Colorado Mesa University who are addressing the challenge of transitioning from military life to life on campus.

The number of veterans attending CMU has more than doubled in the last few years, with a current known population of 343. As the number of students who are active military or veterans grows, so grows the need for increased awareness among the campus community.

With that in mind, the university is offering training to faculty and staff designed to increase awareness and sensitivity to issues that may face students who have served in the military.

About 50 faculty and staff members attended the first Green Zone training offered earlier this month by CMU with assistance from the CMU Student Veterans Association.

Modeled in part after the campus Safe Zone program, Green Zone training is intended to give faculty and staff the resources they need to give support and assistance to veterans. Those who complete the training are given a Green Zone decal to display that allows veterans to recognize a safe place to turn for help.

The issues faced by veterans tend to be different than those faced by other non-traditional student and are certainly much different than those that a typical, 18-year-old, first-year student may confront, said Director of Health Sciences Debra Bailey, who led the training.

“Adaptive behaviors for war are maladaptive at home,” she said. “These students have to develop a new normal.”

Bailey offered several tips for working with veterans. Chief among them was becoming familiar with the resources available both on campus and in the community.

Green Zone training will periodically be offered to faculty and staff. Watch your email for more information about upcoming sessions or contact Student Services at 970.248.1366 to learn more.

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Dana Nunn, Director of Media Relations

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