Upcoming Green Zone sessions will feature interactive technology while highlighting military-connected student experience

Green Zone training

When it comes to advising military-connected students, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. So says senior academic advisor T.R. Oneal of Purdue’s Polytechnic Institute, whose advisees span a variety of ages, cultures and experiences.

Some of Oneal’s students come to Purdue after serving in the U.S. military, while others leave the University for a while to complete compulsory military service in their home country. Whether coming or going, all students deserve an advisor who’s aware and considerate of their individual experiences, Oneal believes.

That’s the main reason Oneal recently participated in “Green Zone” training, which provides faculty and staff a chance to learn about the unique attributes of Purdue’s military-affiliated students and how to better support their success.

“I recommend that everyone take this training, especially those of us in the advising field because we interact with an extremely diverse population of students across campus,” Oneal says. “I’ve always been careful not to ask students insensitive questions or press issues that are not my business, but Green Zone provided a broader perspective that helped me think differently in a more positive way.”

The training is free, but registration is required. Individuals who are interested in the two-hour workshop may sign up for any of the following sessions, as space permits:

  • Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018: 10 a.m. to noon in HAMP 2102
  • Thursday, March 15, 2018: 2 to 4 p.m. in WALC 3090
  • Monday, April 23, 2018: 10 a.m. to noon in GRIS 102
Advisor T.R. Oneal Senior academic advisor T.R. Oneal answers questions via Hotseat during a 2017 Green Zone Training session.

More than 525 staff and faculty have completed Green Zone since its 2013 launch. Named after the heavily fortified zone in the center of Baghdad, Iraq, the training recently underwent improvements to provide a more interactive experience.

“In 2017, we partnered with ITaP’s Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT) unit to find ways to make the presentation more personal and engaging,” says Jamie Richards, director of Purdue’s Veterans Success Center and Green Zone training facilitator. “TLT was a joy to work with. They not only strengthened the Green Zone product, but also provided a satisfying customer experience.”

Wanju Huang, instructional design supervisor in TLT, helped Richards implement Hotseat into the training. Richards uses Hotseat to poll participants throughout the workshop to gauge audience knowledge in an aggregate, anonymous format. The training also now features videos from military-connected students interspersed throughout the presentation.

Oneal, who was one of the first Green Zone participants to experience the enhanced format, appreciated the interactive elements.

“The timing was perfect, and the flow of the program worked well,” Oneal says. “It kept those of us who participated interested the whole time, and it was well organized in terms of presentation versus Hotseat versus Q&A, so it was very helpful.”

Richards also plans to organize an opportunity for staff and faculty to hear directly from military-connected students via a moderated student panel, taking a nod from Purdue’s Safe Zone training.

“As a supplementary offering to Green Zone training, we will offer a one-hour session each semester with a panel of students who have varied military-connected backgrounds,” Richards says. “They will have a chance to tell their stories and answer audience questions. Once we have the event planned, participants will be able to sign up on our website as they do currently for Green Zone training.”

Those who would like to participate in Green Zone training but are unable to attend the scheduled sessions may contact Richards to plan future offerings. Individuals may also visit the Veterans Success Center (part of Student Success Programs), located in the Purdue Memorial Union, Room 284.

Writer: Andrea Mattingly, Student Success Programs, 765-496-3754, andrea@purdue.edu

Last updated: Jan. 23, 2018

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