All Ears: NYC Department of Veterans Services brings listening tour to Kingsborough Exploring ways to provide more resources for NYC active military and veterans at CUNY

Commissioner Loree Sutton and Senior Advisor and Director of Public Private Partnerships Cassandra Alvarez of the NYC Department of Veterans Services visited Kingsborough as part of a city-wide listening tour being conducted by the newly created Veterans on Campus NYC coalition.  The coalition of NYC colleges, universities, and private entities is dedicated to better supporting and understanding the student veteran and family member experience.

The initiative was launched by Mayor Bill de Blasio as a means of providing pathways to opportunity for tens of thousands of the city’s diverse student veterans. Over 12,000 students are currently using their GI Bill to pursue higher education in New York City.

The two guests met with Interim President Peter M. Cohen, Dean Brian Mitra, KCC’s Veteran Program Specialist/Certifying Official Tara Yarczower, and student veterans and active military personnel; toured our Veterans Lounge in room T7-220; and learned how KCC’s Military and Veteran Affairs Office (MAVA) works closely with many campus departments to serve the needs of prospective and enrolled active military personnel, veterans, their dependents and survivors.

MAVA has identified liaisons in Access-Ability Services, Admissions Services, the Bursar’s Office, Career Development, Counseling and Health Services, Financial Aid, Freshman Services, the Men’s Resource Center, the Registrar’s Office, Student Affairs, the Transfer Success Office, and the Women’s Center, whom veterans can contact directly.

The City is exploring ways to partner with CUNY in order to provide more resources for the active military/veteran population.

Students wishing to explore what benefits they may qualify for at Kingsborough can visit room C-106 or call 718-368-5472.