CAMDEN —Issues confronting an active military and veteran population when entering higher education, including providing in-state tuition to all veterans regardless of where they legally reside, will be addressed during a symposium on veterans and higher education at Rutgers Law–Camden.
Sponsored by Rutgers Law–Camden’s Journal of Law and Public Policy, a panel discussion and reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13.
Confirmed panelists include New Jersey Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande (R-Dist. 11), who is a 2002 Rutgers Law–Camden alumna; Rutgers–New Brunswick Professor Florence Hamrick, author of Called to Serve: A Handbook on Student Veterans and Higher Education; Rutgers Law–Camden Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Academic Success Program Alison Nissen; New Jersey State Senator Donald Norcross (D-Dist. 5), who serves on the New Jersey Senate Veterans Committee; and Rutgers Law–Camden Dean Rayman Solomon, a Navy veteran. Col. Stephen Abel, director of Rutgers Office of Veteran and Military Program and Services will moderate the panel discussion.
This symposium represents one of several events planned recently for veteran students at Rutgers Law–Camden, including a Q&A with Rutgers Law–Camden alumna Brigadier General Flora D. Darpino.
According to Alison Nissen, who is researching veteran students’ academic strategies for success in law school, Rutgers Law–Camden strives to acknowledge the diversity and various perspectives of this growing population. “Most policies and research on veterans and higher education has focused on the undergraduate level. There is a unique law school culture that is very different in some distinct ways than military culture. Providing an informal mentorship program and community is helping our students adjust quicker.”
First-year law student May Wedlund, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, said the events offered for veteran students at Rutgers made her feel welcome. “When every aspect of law school was new (the people, location, and subject matter), having the opportunity to talk about our experiences with others that share a common ground was very comforting,” notes the Rutgers Law–Camden student who returned from deployment in Afghanistan this past summer. “I hope this community will continue to grow in future years. I know that I would like to offer the same support to future students that I have been given.”
The Rutgers Journal of Law and Public Policy will publish the transcripts from the symposium in a forthcoming issue.
The event, which is open to the public, will be held in the fourth floor faculty lounge in the Law School Complex, located at Fifth and Penn Sts. on the Rutgers–Camden campus. Directions to Rutgers–Camden are available at camden.rutgers.edu/page/visit-campus.