Cameron University to present panel focusing on “Diversity in the Military”

In conjunction with Cameron University‘s current academic festival “American Identities in the 21st Century”, Cameron University is pleased to present “Diversity in the Military,” a panel discussion featuring military veterans who received their U.S. citizenship through military service, are recent immigrants or are descendants of recent immigrants, and veteran community leaders. The presentation will take place on Tuesday, April 17, at 4 p.m. in the CETES Conference Center. The presentation is open to the public at no charge.

Panelists will include Brandy Baxter, Adam Bibiker and Scott Cooper as well as Cameron students Ricardo Flores and Waheed Gbadamosi.

Baxter is a member of the Dallas VA Community Veteran Engagement Board, a Military Veteran Peer Network facilitator, and an advocate for women veterans. She is a peer leader for a new project from Boston University and the PTSD Foundation, WoVeN (Women Veteran Network), where she leads a group of women veterans through an 8-week program.

Babiker left the war-torn town of Darfur, Western Sudan in 2001, gaining refugee status in Egypt and then moving to Houston, Texas. Inspired by the welcome he experienced in his American hometown, he was motivated to enlist in the military. He served in the U.S. Army until 2013 and is currently a member of the U.S. Army Reserve.

As the director of National Security Outreach, Cooper is Human Rights First’s chief ambassador to the national security community. He leads Human Rights First’s efforts to build partnerships with members of the military and national security communities, as well as national security-focused think tanks and research institutions. He also leads the project, Veterans for American Ideals, a nonpartisan movement of military veterans who advocate American leadership on human rights.

A veteran of the U.S. Army who served more than 10 years of active duty, Flores is the son of a Guatemalan immigrant and the grandson of Mexican immigrants. He is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration.

Gbadamosi, a native of Ikotun, Lagos, Nigeria, is currently a member of the U.S. Army Reserve. He is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration. 

The panel will be moderated by Jason Poudrier, a veteran of the U.S. Army and an instructor in the CU Office of Teaching and Learning.

For more information, contact Poudrier at 580-581-5903 or via email at jpoudrie@cameron.edu.

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April 11, 2018