These Zoom conversations will occur monthly and will feature 1 to 3 panelists from different communities to engage in a wide-ranging discussion about their experiences and identities.
My name is Javvi Avila and I am a Marine Corps Veteran and a senior at CSUSM. I was active duty for one enlistment or four years and was stationed in Okinawa Japan and Camp Pendleton. I am majoring in Criminology and Justice studies. I am Mexican American and was born in Visalia, CA and raised in San Diego, CA. As a local I love going down to sunset cliffs, going for a hike at mission trails or taking a stroll in Balboa Park.
I joined the Army beginning of 2017, worked as a cook. I didn't want it, but since
I wasn't a citizen, there were not many options for me. Also we know how recruiters
lie a lot.
Anyway, I did basic training in Fort Jackson South Carolina, then AIT at Fort Lee in Virginia. Got stationed in Anchorage Alaska, Fort Richardson, which is actually a joint base with/managed by the Air Force. Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. JBER. I signed a 3 year contract, because my main reason for joining was to use the GI Bill after. Unfortunately, at the 2 years mark, I got medically discharged and went back home before expected. I still get to use my GI Bill though.
My name is Emiliano Reyes, I am an Army veteran. Currently, I am in my senior year at CSUSM studying Molecular Cell Biology. I am also involved in a research lab with Dr. Spady and former president of the Student Veteran Organization on campus. I also intern at a lab that tests patients for COVID-19.
Black Identifying | February 18, 2021 - 2:30 pm on Zoom.
Women/Womxn Identifying | March 18, 2021 - 2:30 pm on Zoom.
LGBTQIA+ Identifying | April 8, 2021 - 2:30 pm on Zoom.
Asian Pacific Islander Identifying | May 4, 2021 - 2:30 pm on Zoom.
ASI is happy to be partnering with Veterans Services for this series!
Interested in partnering with ASI for one of the months listed above? Please contact Jake Peirce, ASI Veterans Student Representative.