Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE) Program is a peer support program that connects incoming student veterans with student veterans already on campus in order to help them navigate college life, identify challenges they are facing, refer them to the appropriate resource on or off campus, and provide ongoing support to their academic and personal ventures.
The main goals of the program are to:
- Ease the transition from the military to the university
- Improve student veterans’ sense of connectedness to the university
- Create a safe haven and source of support
- Improve student veteran academic performance
As a Peer Advisor, you help fellow student veterans on campus connect with resources and services appropriate to their needs and provide them with support throughout their transition to college. Peer Advisors are matched with incoming student veterans and work to ensure that their concerns and questions are being addressed. Students may ask you common questions about classes, professors, and academic schedules, but they may also share concerns outside of academia, such as employment problems and financial issues. Your experience as a student veteran will be key in connecting with them and providing them with the support and linkage to the resources that will help them meet their academic and personal goals.
If you are interested in becoming a PAVE Advisor, click HERE to fill out your application.
If you are interested in having a PAVE Advisor to support you on campus, click HERE to fill out the request form.
For more information, please email us at PAVE@uccs.edu or call our office: 719-255-7240.
Ryan Dobbs is the Military and Veteran Orientation Welcome Leader for the Office of Military and Veteran Student Affairs. He was a medic in the Army for four years and was in the 10th MTN, in the 4th battalion 31st Infantry at Fort Drum, NY. After getting out of the service he moved to Colorado to go to school at UCCS, and for the plethora of outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer. Currently, he is a senior in the nursing program at UCCS. So far, he has completed a psychology minor and is currently working on a pre-med minor. He works at Veteran and Military Affairs at UCCS, and in the summertime, he is also a whitewater raft guide for Peterson Air Force Base's outdoor recreation program.
Daniel Botdorf spent 7 years in the Marine Corps Infantry which included trips to Iraq in 2004 & 2007. After leaving the Marines he Earned a BS in Emergency Medical Services with a second major in English Literature at Creighton University. He gained a lot of experience navigating the educational system through his own experience as well as supporting his wife while she attended nursing school. Recently, Dan decided to make a career change and learn Information Assurance and Cyber Security, so he understands how difficult it can be to coordinate a busy life and school. He lives in Woodland Park with his wife and three kids enjoying all things outdoors.