WKU senior Danielle Adams was elected the first female president of the National Leadership Council of the Student Veterans of America on Dec. 10 at the group’s 2011 national conference in Las Vegas.
The organization, which has 526 chapters, provides military veterans with the resources, support and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation. Adams is president of WKU’s Student Veterans’ Alliance, the campus chapter of SVA.
Adams, a political science major from Interlaken, N.Y., is an Army veteran, with two combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. She also is Vice President of Philanthropic Services for the Sigma Kappa sorority at WKU.
“Being president of the National Leadership Council is an amazing opportunity to assist veterans transitioning from the military to college,” Adams said. “The fact that many are coming directly from combat zones into the civilian world makes the transition even more dramatic. Student veterans have amazing potential to do great things with a college education. SVA is an organization that is dedicated to making sure that they don’t just get into college but they graduate by creating networks of support locally on campus and advocating for the schools to truly support their military veterans.”
“We are so proud of Danielle for achieving this position,” said Tonya Archey, director of Military Student Services. “She has worked very hard to develop the WKU SVA chapter and I know she will work equally hard at the national level. With her passion for working with and solving student veteran issues the success of the WKU SVA and the national SVA will be limitless.”
As president, Adams will be the administrative point of contact as well as the public face of the national organization.
“As the first female president of Student Veterans of America, I am in a unique position to really bring attention to female veterans,” Adams said. “Transitioning from the military to civilian life comes with even more challenges for a females. Working with my colleagues on the NLC we would like to increase outreach to female veterans on all campuses and recognize their contributions to our military.”
Adams also will be working closely with the SVA Board of Directors on the strategic operations of the organization and providing a voice for the campus chapters.
“As president of a relatively new SVA campus chapter at the local level, I know first hand the support that is needed to make our campus truly military friendly to include, but not limited to, priority registration, student veteran lounge, veteran center, increased awareness and training for faculty on the difference in student veterans,” she said. “We are not ROTC or adult learners, and up until this point we have been grouped into those categories. Nationally I would like to help set a standard for all schools, regardless of their size, of the level of support for our military veterans. Over the next few years there will be a dramatic increase in student veterans across the nation.”
The Student Veterans of America, a coalition of student-veteran groups on college campuses across the United States and overseas, is a national organization founded in 2008 to “provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation,” according to its mission statement.
To learn more about the SVA and WKU’s Military Student Services programs, visit http://www.wku.edu/veterans
- More: A gift from Terry and Kathy Scariot will support active duty military and veteran students at WKU.
Contact: Tonya Archey, (270) 745-5837.