Vice President for Human Resources and Safety Services, Mary George Opperman led a delegation of veterans and administrators to New York City to receive a prestigious Work Life Legacy Military Award in recognition for supporting veterans in the workforce.
Seated from left: Lynette Chappell-Williams, AVP Workforce Diversity and Inclusion; Emily Franco, In-coming Co-chair VCNG; Kevin Justian, NYS Veterans’ Counselor; Bob Stundtner, Out-going Chair VCNG; his spouse, Jennifer Cleland. Standing from left: Tatia Haywood, Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives; Michael Cadette, veteran and Physician Assistant student at Weill Cornell, his spouse; Davine Bey, Manager Talent Acquisition; VP Opperman; Cassandre Joseph, Director Diversity Engagement.
Cornell University’s efforts include
- A robust and unique Veterans’ Colleague Network Group (VCNG) that has been influential in the recruitment and support of veteran employees. Members of the VCNG participate in veteran recruitment fairs and promote positions at local bases (i.e. Fort Drum). The VCNG initiated the establishment of a Veterans Affairs office on campus and a dedicated website for veterans.
- Extensive support services for families including email lists that bring together veterans and military families with similar interests and concerns such as parenting children with special needs, caregiving for adults, and LGBT family issues.
- Maintaining a family helper list with contact information and profiles of potential helpers to help veterans and their families with family care, education and household maintenance tasks and a guide to finding, hiring, and keeping informal care providers.
- Extensive access for spouses and partners to Cornell programs including the Faculty Staff Assistance Program, Work Life Office programs and various facilities on campus.
President David Skorton recognized the contributions of the VCNG in a brief note to Robert Stundtner, the current Chair:
I understand from Vice President Mary Opperman that the 2013 Work Life Legacy Military Award that Cornell received earlier this month from the Families and Work Institute was due in large part to the great work of the Veterans Colleague Network Group.
The Veterans Colleague Network Group has raised awareness of veterans’ issues at Cornell, provided a forum for discussing veterans’ concerns, and assisted in our efforts to recruit and retain veterans and military service personnel.
I am grateful to you and your colleagues in the Veterans Colleague Network Group for your leadership and for your contributions to our caring community.
David J. Skorton