Community was invited to “Finding True North in the Midst of Change: Veteran Transition from Military to College and College to Work”
A Fall 2020 webinar series sponsored by the Moral Injury Project of Hendricks Chapel focused on veterans, student veterans, and military personnel “finding true north” in the midst of transitional times.
The fall Moral Injury Project series is built around two key terms: transition and moral injury. The first term – transition- involves undergoing a period of change and re-direction that affects a person’s identity and self-development. The second key term is moral injury, which refers to the damage done to one’s conscience or moral compass when that person perpetrates, witnesses, or fails to prevent acts that transgress one’s own moral beliefs, values, or ethical codes of conduct.
Communication Access Realtime Transcription (CART) services will provide captioning for each program and American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided. For questions or to request additional accommodations, contact Hendricks Chapel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315.443.2901. For more information please visit moralinjuryproject.syr.edu.
The first program in the series, “Finding True North in the Midst of Change: Veteran Transition from Military to College and College to Work,” was Friday, Oct. 16, 12 – 1:30 p.m. on Zoom.
The program panel featured Jennifer Reddy, associate director of continuing education at Le Moyne College and Moral Injury Project member since 2015, and Syracuse University alumna Jennifer Jeffery ’14 G’17, an academic librarian from SUNY Potsdam and veteran of the U.S Coast Guard, where she served for seven years. Both have experience working in academic and career services for veterans that help reintegrate them into their communities and discover a sense of belonging outside of the military culture. Michael Venditte, Army veteran and Le Moyne College graduate, also served on the panel. Venditte served as president of the Le Moyne College Student Veterans Association as a student, and since his graduation has continued to work with the Moral Injury Project.
In addition to presenting on the challenges of veteran transition, the panel addressed how colleges and universities, employers, and the public at large can educate themselves and support successful transitions.
Full recording of the Oct. 16 event in the Moral Injury Project Fall 2020 Webinar Series:
The Nov. 11 program, “Finding True North through Writing: Veterans Sharing Their Stories on Veteran’s Day” ran from 7 – 8:30 p.m. on Zoom and was moderated by group leaders and Syracuse University faculty Eileen Schell and Ivy Kleinbart. It featured readings by members of the Syracuse Veterans’ Writing Group.
Full recording of the Nov. 11 event of the Moral Injury Project Fall 2020 Webinar Series:
The third program, “Finding True North Through Building Trauma Resiliency,” was held on Nov. 20, 12 – 1:30 p.m. on Zoom. The program featured Dr. Bill Cross, PhD, a Vietnam Veteran and practicing psychotherapist in Syracuse who has worked with military veterans and their families for over 35 years. He discussed his work with Trauma Resiliency as well as his own story as a Vietnam Veteran and veteran advocate.
Below is a full recording of the Nov. 20 event of the Moral Injury Project Fall 2020 Webinar Series: