Emory hosts New York Times for discussion of veterans in civilian workplace

Emory Report | Feb. 28, 2019

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Emory hosts the New York Times “At War” section Tuesday, March 19, for “A Conversation About the Obstacles Veterans Face in the Civilian Workplace.” The event is free and open to the public. Photo courtesy New York Times.

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Emory University and President Claire E. Sterk host the New York Times “At War” section Tuesday, March 19, for “A Conversation About the Obstacles Veterans Face in the Civilian Workplace.” “At War” is the Times’s channel dedicated to exploring the experience and costs of war.

The free evening of community engagement and dialogue takes place at Schwartz Center for Performing Arts and begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by welcoming remarks from Sterk and the panel discussion at 6:30 p.m.

The conversation, moderated by Lauren Katzenberg, editor of “At War,” will examine Georgia’s role in dealing with the unconscious bias veterans confront in the civilian workplace. Panelists include: 

  • John Ismay, “At War” staffer for the New York Times; 
  • Vivian Greentree, Navy veteran and senior vice president of global corporate citizenship at First Data; 
  • Jason Dozier, Army veteran and director of program operations and evaluation at Hire Heroes USA;
  • Ginger Miller, a disabled veteran, veteran’s spouse, business owner, chief executive officer and founder of Women Veterans Interactive.

“We have programs and opportunities across the university to support veterans holistically – from educational opportunities, including our participation in Service to Schools and in the Yellow Ribbon Program, to legal support and health care,” says Sterk. “We know how much veterans have to offer; we need their leadership. And we need to be doing all that we can to help them continue to succeed.” 

Emory’s commitment to veterans issues is substantial and includes the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program, designed to treat conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, and Emory Law’s Volunteer Clinic for Veterans. The university also has partnered with Service to School, a national organization that helps transitioning military veterans gain admission to the best college or graduate school possible.

Emory provides veterans' education benefits through all of the undergraduate and graduate schools that make up the university. Through the Yellow Ribbon Program, degree-granting institutions of higher learning in the U.S. voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Veterans Administration to fund tuition expenses that exceed the annual VA tuition and fees benefit.

In 2017, Emory contributed over $1.6 million in education support to veterans across the university’s nine schools and colleges. 

Also in 2017, Emory was ranked no. 11 in U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges for Veterans,” and in 2018, the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program received a five-year, $29.2 million-dollar grant from Wounded Warrior Project.