May 21-22, Trauma Conference for Military & Veteran Populations

Building Bridges & Connecting Lives

The School of Continuing Education at UWM hosts the inaugural Military & Veterans Populations Conference: Building Bridges & Connecting Lives, prior to Memorial Day weekend observances, on May 21-22 at its downtown conference center.

UWM is a fitting sponsor since recent statistics show that the UW-Milwaukee campus has 792 student veterans, having the highest enrollment among 10 four-year campuses in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.  A 2013 report from the Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs shows that Milwaukee County has the highest male veteran population of 47, 672 in the state as well as the  highest female veteran population of 5,315.

Carmen Pitre, of Sojourner Family Peace Center, and David Splitek, of Higher Education Initiatives for the Military Child Education Coalition, are the keynote speakers. Topics include: Understanding Trauma, Building Partnerships & Collaborations, Domestic Violence, Military-Connected Children, Suicide Prevention, Family Caregiving, Resolving Emotions and Military Sexual Trauma.

The conference, sponsored by the Center for Urban Community Development at SCE, offers valuable opportunities to dialogue about current challenges and opportunities, share best practices and innovation in services and support, and network to strengthen partnerships and collaborations. As an encouragement to our returning veterans, family members, fellow military personnel and professional service providers all are welcome.

Fees: $100 per day or $175 for both days. Scholarships also are available.

 For more information or to register, go to: sce-TraumaConference.uwm.edu