Veterans BRG

Multicultural group of UTSW veterans

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The Veterans Business Resource Group (VBRG) is a voluntary network of employees that provides resources and support for Veterans from all branches of the military, their families and the Veteran Community. The Veterans BRG is proud to support our UT Southwestern employees who are serving, and those who support them.

Our Vision

To become a primary communication platform for UT Southwestern veterans that creates a culture of inclusivity and commitment to veteran employees.

Our Mission

To serve as a strategic partner with UT Southwestern by promoting military and veteran support, creating a positive and inclusive environment through increased learning, employee development, and employee engagement.

Our Purpose

To elevate awareness of veterans’ issues, provide mentoring and support to veteran employees, and information concerning veteran initiatives.

How to Join?

Participation in our BRG is open to anyone. You need not identify with the affinity to join the group. To join our group, simply send an email to Veteransbrg@UTSouthwestern.edu expressing your interest.  Feel free to join more than one!

What to expect?

Being a member of the Veterans BRG gives you access to:

  • Internal peer to peer mentoring programs, networking events
  • Career enhancement events
  • Workshops to assist employees by providing forums through which employees and managers can interact.
  • Access to senior leaders who are actively involved with BRGs.
  • Opportunities to be a part of high visibility efforts addressing institutional needs.
  • A chance to serve in a leadership capacity, as a future BRG Chair or Co-chair or leading one of our subcommittees.

Our Leadership

Chris Rubio

Chris Rubio
Executive Sponsor
Veterans-BRG

 

Mike Quezada

Michael Quezada
Chair
Veterans-BRG

 

Quetrenia Hamilton-Hogans

QueTrenia Hamilton-Hogans
Co-Chair
Veterans-BRG

Our Committee Leads

Communications, Events, and Community Outreach 
Kim Evans

Membership
David Barnett

Mentorship and Professional Development
Ray Griffiss

 

 

"The Veterans BRG builds esprit de corps, promotes leadership and provides support for both Veterans and those who appreciate them."
Veterans BRG

 

Helpful Resources

 

 

Featured Veterans-BRG Events & News

Tribute to Veterans event honors UTSW community members for their service

Tribute to Veterans Event

In celebration of Veterans Month, UT Southwestern honored active and retired military faculty, employees, and students in its fourth annual Tribute to Veterans Celebration. The event featured remarks from President Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky; a keynote presentation from Dr. Dane Wukich, a Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery who served in the Army as a Medical Corps Major; and closing remarks from Kim Siniscalchi, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Executive Sponsor of the Veterans Business Resource Group, and a retired Major General in the Air Force. UT Southwestern is home to more than 800 veterans and 100 active-duty military members; those at the event were invited to stand and be recognized.

From military to medicine: The call to service continues

From Military to Medicine

The military helps prepare service members to plan and respond to all kinds of threats and emergencies. In 2020, this skill has been invaluable. For veterans who transitioned to a career at UT Southwestern, that readiness training has guided them in the face of a global threat – the coronavirus crisis. These parallels made the insights of veterans increasingly important in shaping COVID-19 response efforts across the board.

Saluting our veterans: A look back in photos

Saluting our Veterans

We asked our UT Southwestern veterans to submit photos from their time in service, and they reported for duty. This gallery represents only a fraction of UTSW’s veteran population, but we hope you enjoy scrolling through and getting a different look at our colleagues who have served our country.

The Wild Blue Yonder: 1995 Medical School alumna climbs high in Air Force to elite medical command

The Wild Blue Yonder

After nearly three decades of military service, Col. Kristen Beals, M.D., is back where she began. Col. Beals, a 1995 graduate of UT Southwestern Medical School, leads the 60th Medical Group-David Grant USAF Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base in California. The first female commander of the largest medical center in the U.S. Air Force, Col. Beals completed her five-year general surgery residency in 2000 at Grant Medical Center.

 

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