When walking into the doors of the Veterans Resource Center (VRC), you are surrounded in laughter from students playing a game to relax. Comfortable seating, easygoing atmosphere, and friendly faces help to make the VRC an inviting location for veteran and non-veteran students.
This past school year proved to be a great starting year for one of CSUN’s newest resource centers. The VRC opened for service August 2012 and has assisted in breaking down the boundaries and stereotypes of veterans.
“The VRC has helped to expand resources to veterans and non-veterans at CSUN,” said Dylan Moore, Veteran peer mentor. “We look forward to expanding the amount of students that we serve.”
The center provides a space for students to study and receive mentoring, but amazing programs such as VRC games night, Meet Relax and Eat (MRE) and powerful movie screenings such as 2012 Sundance film festival award winning, “The Invisible War”. During the fall semester, the Beyond the Label Veterans Day celebration attracted up to 100 students.
“We are really trying to eliminate the stereotypes towards our community by planning these different activities,” said David Guzman, VRC clerical assistant. “There are many veteran students on this campus and we want to be able to reach out to them and let them know about our resources.”
The VRC looks forward to the almost 200 new veteran students that will be attending CSUN for the fall 2014 semester. “We look forward to reaching out to new students and assisting them with their journey at CSUN,” said Moore.
Summer plans for the VRC include a site visit to the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center at San Diego State University, study groups for the summer sessions at the Oviatt library and participating in a Public Service Announcement.
The Veterans Resource Center’s summer hours are Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.