Veterans Discussion Leaders

As part of a new and exciting project for the Buffalo veteran community, we are looking for six (6) discussion leaders for our upcoming community discussion series “Developing a Sense of Meaningful Belonging among Veterans” (funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities). Discussion leader responsibilities will include:

  • participating in a six-day (4 hours per day) discussion leader training program at UB in mid-August, 2021 and then
  •  facilitating a minimum of four discussion sessions (2-3 hours per session) with military veterans in Buffalo, NY, between May 2021 and October 2022. 

To be eligible to apply to be a discussion leader:1.     

  1. You must be a veteran/military service member. 
  2. You must hold a BA or MA degree OR be a current undergraduate/graduate student veteran at UB or other institutions of higher learning in WNY (GPA of at least 3.0).
  3. You must commit to participate in the entire six-day discussion leader training program at UB from August 16 to August 19 (9:00 AM to 1:00 PM) and from August 23 to August 24, 2021 (9:00 AM to 1:00 PM).
  4. You must commit to facilitate a minimum of four monthly discussion sessions with military veterans in Buffalo, NY between May 2021 and October 2022.
  5. You must be willing to complete the required readings ahead of the training and come prepared to discuss them.
  6. You must be willing to work together as a team.
  7. You must have a strong interest in the Humanities, especially History and Literature.

Stipend:

Each discussion leader will receive a stipend of $250 per day for the six days of the preparatory training program and $250 per monthly discussion session they lead.

Application Materials:

  1. A brief essay (about 1000 words) that includes information on your year and institution of graduation, degree, and program of study, and on your military service history (branch, years, deployment), and describes why you are interested in this project and why you think you would make a good discussion leader.
  2. If you have not already graduated, a transcript  (GPA of at least 3.0).
  3. Your resumé.

Please submit your application materials via e-mail to the following three project leaders:  

Application Deadline:

5:00 PM,  Thursday July 15, 2021   

Additional Project Information:

The project aims to facilitate an understanding of how veterans develop a feeling of social connection and active participation in the civilian world.

The monthly discussion sessions with military veterans consist of two series [time TBD]. The first series will take place from September 2021 until March 2022 (except December 2021). The second cycle will take place from May 2022 until October 2022. Both series will focus on discussion of humanities sources that examine different aspects of veterans’ experiences, and compare and contrast those experiences across the American Civil War and the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars by exploring the theme of meaningful belonging through the following six topics: loss and suffering; disability; mental health; reconciliation; public memory; and, reintegration. The humanities sources will include historical writings, letters, fiction, and documentaries. An exhibition of veterans’ photographs and a public panel discussion at the downtown Buffalo and Erie County Library in April 2022 will also be held as part of this project.

For additional information about the project, or for any questions you may have about this position, please contact Dr. Neofotistos at neofotis@buffalo.edu .