In honor of the brave faculty and staff who have served or are actively serving our country, Ohio State faculty and staff members are forming a Veterans Employee Resource Group (ERG) to enhance Ohio State’s inclusive and supportive culture.
The ERG is planning to develop initiatives such as trainings, lunch and learns, speakers, workshops and a mentorship program. The goal is to help veterans acclimate to working at Ohio State and educate the university community about military culture and working with veterans.
“By raising awareness and engaging the campus community, we want to create a culture that makes vets feel supported and appreciated,” said Andrew Warner, Navy veteran, IT Recruiter in the Office of Human Resources, Talent Acquisition, and a founding member of the ERG. “The goal is to take the sense of companionship and camaraderie they felt in the military and bring that into the workplace.”
Also supporting the development of the ERG are The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center staff members Kevin Turner and Steven Teaford. As veterans, Kevin and Steven are proud to be chairs of the group, and they are eager to support and encourage veterans across the university. Kevin served seven years active duty as a 66H Army Nurse, and he currently works as a Nurse Manager at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. Steven, who served as a Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman in the Navy for 21 ½ years, is an Associate Director for High Level Disinfection and Ambulatory Sterilization at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.
The group will also aim to elevate veterans and value the diversity they bring to the workforce. Earlier this year, Ohio State was recognized with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Above and Beyond Award for providing outstanding benefits for Guard and Reserve employees. Additionally, an Ohio State Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital staff member recently received the ESGR Patriot award. The ERG will also work to provide opportunities for veterans at Ohio State.
The ERG will be open to all faculty and staff across the Columbus campus, all regional campuses and Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. Additionally, the group is not exclusively for veterans; it will be open to those currently serving, family of active duty military or any person who feels passionate about the military and wants to help or learn more.
If you’re interested in joining the Veteran’s ERG, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Veteran’s Day Events:
Annual Rock Ceremony: Thursday, November 9 at 10:30 a.m. on the oval in front of Bricker Hall.
Held every November prior to Veteran’s Day, the Rock Ceremony recognizes the brave Ohio State alumni who have served our country and given their lives to fight for our freedom. The ceremony is led by Army, Navy and Air Force ROTC units. Faculty and staff are invited to attend.
Veterans Speak Panel: Tuesday, November 14 at 9 a.m. in Converse Hall.
This discussion with military members and current Ohio State employees with prior military service will offer an understanding of the transition process to a civilian career, provide insight into the personal and professional aspects of military service and identify ways to create a more inclusive and supportive work environment. To register, visit BuckeyeLearn.osu.edu.