Supporting and Developing the Veteran Employee for a Win Win in the Workplace

Date: 16-Sep-2015
Capacity: Not Set (0% booked)


September 2015 Workshop Registration

“Supporting and Developing the Veteran Employee for a Win Win in the Workplace"

presented by 

Miguel Fernandez
Faculty Liaison for Student Veterans



Wednesday, September 16, 2015

8:00am - 12:00 Noon (Registration begins at 7:30AM) 

South Mountain Community College | Library Community Room (campus map)
7050 S 24th St, Phoenix, AZ 85042 (map it) 

Complimentary Event w/ light refreshments - RSVP today!



Post service, veterans are seen as ideal potential employees and community assets, and as stereotypes. Many employers are eager to recruit and deploy veterans into their workforce, but are sometimes concerned about stereotypes, images, and fears culled from media and negative portrayals. The reality is that a veteran employee that transitions successfully into civilian life is a powerful team player. 

Attention to a few details, understanding of a few differences and commonalities, and awareness of how to handle a few basic scenarios and challenges can make the difference between adding the diversity of the military-connected person to a company or group, or discouraging the demographic from participating and contributing to the company’s culture and mission.

Topics covered in this workshop, but not limited to:

  • Examine a few stereotypes, both positive and negative, of veterans entering civilian life
  • Go over a few scenarios interactively, with suggestions on how to pre-empt, defuse, or resolve issues before they become problems
  • Discuss some best practices to maximize integration and leverage the skills and mindset of the veteran
  • Stimulate candid feedback

Miguel Fernandez, Facilitator 

Miguel Fernandez, a professor of Composition, Creative Writing, and Literature, is currently the Faculty Liaison for Students Veterans and faculty advisor for the Student Veteran’s Organization at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. He was the 2012 Gilbert Chamber of Commerce Excellence Award’s Community College Educator of the Year, a 2013 League Of Innovation’s Roueche Excellence Award recipient from CGCC, one of two 2014 Diversity Advisory Council Award winners from Chandler Gilbert Community College, and a Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation 2015 Employee Recognition Recipient for his work with student veterans. 

To date he has presented at over a dozen conferences concerning ways to best work with veterans and other military connected students. In Fall of 2014 he completed a sabbatical to create a toolkit for faculty to better serve student veterans in higher education that has since been adopted throughout the Maricopa District for faculty development and put to use at various colleges and universities.


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