Chapter of the Month: University of Colorado Denver

The first thing you might notice about the University of Colorado Denver SVA chapter is their logo. It’s professional, patriotic, and emblazoned on everything they do. Chapter president Michael Stack collaborated with more than 30 designers and worked through 120 iterations to get to the shining black-and-gold one you see today. It’s that meticulous attention to detail that has contributed to the success of this 2-year-old chapter. Their programs, of which there are many, are well-conceived and give credence to the old adage, “by failing to prepare, you prepare to fail.” 

By working closely with their school and student government, the group brought about the installation of a student veteran center, military transfer credit system, and career mentorship program called “Boots to Suits.” The chapter is also working to implement early registration and an emergency loan program. Stack sees SVA chapters as a “crucial way to solve a number of student veteran issues.” Without chapter advocacy, who would represent veterans on campus? Their goal is to “help CU Denver be a place where a student seeing a veteran walking down a hallway thinks NOT of their preconceived notions, but of the value that our large veteran community delivers to our student body,” Stack said. “So that years down the road our collective efforts have positively influenced not just our fellow students, but the university as a whole.”