President's Office

Veterans Day Message

November 10, 2014

To the Campus Community,

As our nation prepares to honor the sacrifice and service of our veterans, I want to take a moment to share CSUN's commitment to our veterans, especially those students and alumni who served our country.

After more than a decade of conflicts around the globe, CSUN is proud to count approximately 750 veterans among our student body. This week, there are a number of activities that honor and celebrate our veterans. Please follow this link to learn more.

However, CSUN's commitment to veterans is a year-round priority. We created the Veterans Resource Center to help our student veterans, reservists and members of the National Guard as they transition from military service to academic success. The VRC promotes the academic, personal and professional development of student veterans and their dependents with support services and resources, including peer mentoring, support groups and community-building events. We also have a robust Office of Veterans Affairs on campus that helps veterans gain admission to CSUN and access powerful services and educational benefits.

I also want to highlight an important resource for faculty and staff. Kognito is online interactive training designed to help you better understand the transition and the mental health challenges some of our student veterans may face, as well as learn the ways we all can contribute to a safe environment to promote their academic and personal success. You can access this valuable resource at, typing in "CSUN42" to access the training. University Counseling Services, the Veterans Resource Center and the Institute for Community Health and Wellbeing have played critical roles in providing this resource for our campus community.

I hope that our veterans feel the appreciation of our country on this Veterans Day.

Dianne F. Harrison, Ph.D.