MCAST Awareness Seminar

Military-Connected Ally Support Training

As part of our mission, the Military & Veterans Program seeks to support the community by engaging in dialogue about military-connected students' experiences and how university personnel can support them. Two of the ways we accomplish this goal is by hosting military awareness training events for faculty, staff, and administrators, and promoting our resources and services. Our military awareness training is based on SDSU's Military Ally training, with information tailored specifically to USD. 

Next Workshop Date: Thurs, May 6th: 9:30-11 am via Zoom

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What is Military Ally?

Built from a similar program at CSU Long Beach, Military Ally is coordinated by San Diego State University, and based on the “safe zone” concept. It generates a network of partners that today’s military-affiliated students can readily identify as understanding their diverse situations.

The Military Ally program provides all levels of the college campus and surrounding community organizations – senior leaders, administrators, faculty, student groups, etc. – with the necessary tools to understand, empathize with, and proctor the success of this large and diverse student body. Military Ally offers the mechanism of acceptance and assistance students can utilize throughout their transitional academic pursuit.

Consisting of a four-hour seminar, Military Ally is presented through slide presentations, interactive working groups, student panels, and audience participation to fully engage all learning styles. Participants walk away with a better understanding of not only the challenges military students may encounter while in school but also the benefits of having this group on campus.

 Additionally, those who complete the seminar and become a part of the Military Ally network, receive a placard to place in their workspace and a lapel pin to wear as a visible indicator that they are someone who understands the diverse nature of this demographic and values the various cultural populations on campus and in the surrounding community.

SDSU Military Ally Website

 military ally decal, a light brown camouflage background, with bold black letters and four yellow stars

Flyer for MCAST Training, yellow and blue background with picture of military-connected students