Event Title

Cultural Competency of Military Veterans: A Literature Review

Location

CSU 254

Start Date

18-4-2016 11:05 AM

End Date

18-4-2016 12:05 PM

Student's Major

Elementary and Early Childhood Education

Student's College

Education

Mentor's Name

Elizabeth Sandell

Mentor's Department

Elementary and Early Childhood Education

Mentor's College

Education

Second Mentor's Name

Kellian Clink

Second Mentor's Department

Library Services

Second Mentor's College

Library Services

Description

The purpose of this study was to review the scholarly literature to shed light on the cultural orientations of military veterans who matriculate as undergraduate students in a public university setting. In general, academic literature focuses either on military personnel who are currently serving or on other professionals (healthcare providers, social workers, counselors, etc.) who interact with military members or veterans. In other words, current literature does not address the cultural orientation of returning military members who enroll in post-secondary education (Rasmussen & Sieck, 2012; Reger & others, 2008; and Selmeski, 2006). For purposes of this study, cultural competency is defined as the process by which people learn to value & respond respectfully to people of all cultures (Bennett, 1993). Cultural orientation is defined as the relative position or attitude of an individual in relation to others and their cultures (Bennett, 1993). Understanding the cultural orientations of returning military members may assist in reintegration into multicultural education settings. Outcomes of this study may be useful for design of a more in-depth, quantitative study of veterans at MSU, Mankato. Results may be also be useful for program design and assessment for educational and military training. MSU, Mankato may also use this information in considering the effectiveness of its cultural diversity goal: experience diversity with supervised reflection and recognition and response to conditions of marginalized populations.

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Cultural Competency of Military Veterans: A Literature Review

CSU 254

The purpose of this study was to review the scholarly literature to shed light on the cultural orientations of military veterans who matriculate as undergraduate students in a public university setting. In general, academic literature focuses either on military personnel who are currently serving or on other professionals (healthcare providers, social workers, counselors, etc.) who interact with military members or veterans. In other words, current literature does not address the cultural orientation of returning military members who enroll in post-secondary education (Rasmussen & Sieck, 2012; Reger & others, 2008; and Selmeski, 2006). For purposes of this study, cultural competency is defined as the process by which people learn to value & respond respectfully to people of all cultures (Bennett, 1993). Cultural orientation is defined as the relative position or attitude of an individual in relation to others and their cultures (Bennett, 1993). Understanding the cultural orientations of returning military members may assist in reintegration into multicultural education settings. Outcomes of this study may be useful for design of a more in-depth, quantitative study of veterans at MSU, Mankato. Results may be also be useful for program design and assessment for educational and military training. MSU, Mankato may also use this information in considering the effectiveness of its cultural diversity goal: experience diversity with supervised reflection and recognition and response to conditions of marginalized populations.

Recommended Citation

Itoh, Joe. "Cultural Competency of Military Veterans: A Literature Review." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 18, 2016.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2016/oral-session-05/4