Committee is charged with improving educational access and success for student veterans
By on July 15, 2014
Chryssa Jones (center), the veteran services coordinator at UC Riverside, has accepted the invitation to participate on UC President Janet Napolitano’s Advisory Council on Student Veterans. Jones is pictured with members of UC Riverside's student veterans community.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Chryssa Jones, the veterans services coordinator in the Office of Student Special Services at the University of California, Riverside, has accepted the invitation to participate on UC President Janet Napolitano’s Advisory Council on Student Veterans.
“I’m thrilled and honored to be selected to serve on the president’s advisory council, and to be part of a statewide conversation about the strengths and challenges that are unique to student veterans,” said Jones, who has worked with UCOP in the past on potential and existing federal regulations and their potential impact upon veteran students. “The collaborative opportunity that this council represents is unprecedented.”
The council’s charge is to bring together student veterans, UC faculty and staff and other experts to help identify emerging issues and challenges facing student veterans enrolled at the University of California. Her appointment is for the 2014-15 academic year. The first meeting of the committee is scheduled for Friday, August 15, 2014 at the Office of the President in Oakland.
“Your perspective will help raise questions, frame issues and guide analyses concerning the university’s long-term direction on improving access and success for student veterans,” Napolitano said in a letter to Jones.
Jones said that she thinks the committee has an outstanding opportunity to help overcome challenges that student veterans face.
“As the largest educational system in the country, we have an obligation to our veterans to collaborate with our educational partners on programs that will help veterans and their families navigate the maze of higher education and prepare them for successful careers after graduation,” she said. “In my opinion, the greatest hurdle facing student veterans is the challenge of where and how to begin.”
Jones said that there are a number of outstanding programs and services available to student veterans at UC, California State University and California Community College campuses across the state, and that the committee will have the opportunity to streamline existing programs, create new partnerships, and bring best practices forward.
Jones has been the veterans’ services coordinator at UCR since April 2011, when she came to UCR from Hawaii Pacific University. Since 2010 she has served as a board member of the National Association of Veteran Program Administrators and has participated in the national dialogue about the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other legislation affecting federal education benefits for student veterans, as well as the school-based programs and services that help meet student veteran needs.