Autumn 2020 RFP Submission

Through a generous grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, The University of Chicago’s Office for Military-Affiliated Communities (OMAC) will be hosting the “Removing Barriers to Access” symposium virtually. The virtual symposium will be held on Monday, October 26, 2020 and Tuesday, October 27, 2020, from 10am until 12:30pm CST. This event will be attended by higher-education institutions and veteran-servicing organizations from around the country. The symposium will be a great opportunity to engage, learn from others and, most importantly, support military-affiliated students by creating a welcoming and supportive environment on our campuses – both in-person and remotely.

We invite proposals for 25-minute presentations that address your experience and/or expertise in the following areas, including, but not limited to, recruiting student veterans, removing barriers to access for student veterans, diversity and inclusion of student veterans, and supporting student veterans. It is our goal that the presentations create and encourage dialogue—before, during, and after the meeting itself.

Download Symposium Materials 

Symposium Schedule and Pre-Symposium Checklist


Symposium Day One

Symposium Day Two

Presenter Slide Decks

SVA-Illinois - Theory of Change Model

Veterans Benefit Administration - Supporting Student Veterans through the GI Bill

Blue Star Families - Special Challenges for Student Veterans and their Families

CNAS - Called to Lead: Discovering the Connections Between Military Service and Higher Education Leadership

Cornell University - Multi-Faceted Approach to Removing Barriers & Facilitating Accessibility to the Ivy League

Dixon Center - Ensuring Veterans and their Families Succeed in the Communities Where They Live

Council for Adult Experiential Learning (CAEL) - Creating Pathways for Veterans: Working Together to Provide Meaningful Education and Career Opportunities

Peer Advisor for Veteran Education (PAVE) - Supporting Veterans in Higher Education Through Peer Support

Columbia University - To, Through, and Beyond College: Using Free Online Tools to Support and Empower Student Veterans in Transition