Bridging the Divide: Finding Ways to Help Student Vets Feel at Home
Student veterans across the country face myriad challenges transitioning to university life. Many find civilian life flat and pointless compared to the profound excitement and sense of purpose war and life in the military can bring. Some come home to battle insomnia and other symptoms of post-traumatic stress. Others simply are not sure what they want to do with the rest of their lives. At the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, David Chrisinger has had great success in helping his student veterans make sense of their lives after war and connecting them to each other and to the university as a whole. In this presentation, David will teach you about the strategies he uses to better engage student veterans, make them feel at home at the university, and show them how to convert the skills they developed in the military into success in the civilian world.
Stories Can Save Us: How to Tell Yours & Help Military-Connected Students Tell Theirs
Stories have the power to connect and heal, but before military-connected students will agree to share their stories, their leaders will need to inspire them to do so. Strong leaders usually share two inter-related qualities. First, they are authentic; that is, they know their stories and what they’re trying to accomplish. Second, strong leaders are curious; that is, they care about other people’s stories and what they’re trying to accomplish. In this presentation, David will teach you how to tell your story as a tool to inspire the military-connected students you work with. He will also provide a recipe colleges and universities can follow to collect and publish their military-connected students’ stories of service, war, and coming home.
How to Write Public Policy That Matters
You may have amazing ideas about how to spur genuine, positive change, but if you aren’t able to communicate these ideas well, they likely won’t become reality. In “How to Write Public Policy That Matters,” author David Chrisinger will show you how to craft concise, story-driven reports that will help make your work that much more persuasive—and easier to read! Chrisinger, who has taught public policy writing courses around the country, will offer attendees helpful hints, cautionary tales, and a step-by-step guide useful to anyone interested in planning, developing, and writing reports that exceed the stylistic requirements and limitations of traditional policy and public administration writing.
The Southeastern Council on Military Education (SECOME) hosted the 2016 SECOME Symposium where David Chrisinger provided the Keynote Address to kick off the conference. Mr. Chrisinger’s presentation was both motivational and pertinent to today’s professionals within institutions of higher learning that are dedicated to supporting the military-affiliated student. Often times, civilian faculty and staff struggle to connect with military-affiliated students. David’s presentation provided the simple, but powerful ideas to not only connect with this unique population, but to help military-affiliated students succeed through graduation. His presentation set the tone for our very successful professional development event and truly was invaluable.
-Ashley Adamovage, President of the Southeastern Council on Military Education
As a professional development speaker for faculty and as a keynote speaker for a “Hire-up” presentation (a series dedicated to hiring/retaining quality employees for the modern workforce), David Chrisinger spoke twice at Nicolet College in 2016, the second invitation being the best proof of the success of the first. In the former presentation, David shared his own experiences as an instructor and lessons learned in best reaching this large segment of the student population whose service, properly considered, leads to successful and meaningful educational experiences. In the latter, David discussed ways employers can best utilize a veteran’s unique skillset as an asset to an organization but also ways to ensure the veteran’s own satisfaction as an employee acclimating to the civilian workforce. By way of an entertaining, authentic tone honed by first-hand experiences with students and friends of his own who have served, David’s narrative presentation style truly reaches his audiences as it imparts a strengths-based view of veterans as well as practical suggestions for navigating complex interactions with them. A listener leaves feeling empowered in working alongside people our society rightly seeks to honor by understanding.
–Gary Zarda, English Instructor, Nicolet Area Technical College
I highly recommend that any group working with veterans, particularly student veterans, contact David. I first heard David speak at a Midwest Student Veterans Conference about his veteran re-integration course at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. In addition to his genuine compassion for his students and desire to help them tell their stories, I was impressed with David’s own journey as a civilian and new teacher of this course to someone who really “gets it” and wants to share his knowledge with others. His edited collection of student essays, See Me for Who I Am, is truly remarkable as well. More than any other book of its kind, See Me for Who I Am showcases the diversity and breadth of experiences of veterans transitioning to college life. We were so pleased to select his book for our campus’ Veterans Book Club and have David join us to facilitate the discussion. It was our best book club ever! If you want to create more supportive environments for veterans on your campus or at your institution, David Chrisinger can help you succeed.
–Vicki Bloom, Dean of Libraries at Indiana University South Bend and Director of Hammes Veterans Book Club
To inquire about David’s availability, please drop him a line.