H7: Traversing Cultural Divides for Student Veterans in the Writing Center, the Technical/Professional Communication Classroom, and on Facebook
There are significant cultural differences between the U.S. military, U.S. civilian culture, and the academy, and returning vets face a challenging transition from military life to civilian culture (Valentino). In just the past five years, over a million Post-9/11 military personnel have traded their weapons for college textbooks. However, these students face a variety of issues often exacerbated by the pace and pressure of academia (Vance and Miller). Panelists seek to better support student veterans and their writing teachers through an exploration of the rhetorical practices of each and the ways in which new media and digital technologies enable and hinder cultural crossings.