SU, JPMorgan Chase collab opens path to political careers for veterans
support from JPMorgan Chase & Co., Syracuse University’s Institute for
Veterans and Military Families and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public
Affairs are collaborating to introduce a new and innovative program for veterans
and military family members who aspire to public office or another form of a political
in Politics (VIP) initiative is designed to act on the opportunity associated
with the affinity for civic engagement and public service demonstrated by those
who have served the cause of the nation’s defense. Despite gains in the most recent election
cycle, veteran representation in Congress has declined from more than 75
percent in the 1960s to a historic low of 19.1 percent today.
“The IVMF and the Maxwell School are uniquely
positioned to design and deliver this specialized program,” says David M. Van
Slyke, dean of the Maxwell School. “The IVMF’s deep involvement, understanding
and engagement with the veteran and military-connected community, coupled with
the Maxwell School’s position as the nation’s #1-ranked school of public
affairs, positions us uniquely to empower those who have served our nation in
uniform with preparation, expertise and confidence, so that they can extend
their commitment to public service in the form of a political career at the
local, state or federal level.”
The VIP program
will enroll its inaugural class in fall 2019. The program will feature both
online coursework and a one-week intensive residency at Syracuse University. VIP
curriculum will cover election law; party politics and public policy; creating,
managing and leading campaign teams; campaign finance; understanding voters;
message development; mobilizing volunteer teams; responding to citizen issues;
and conflict management, among other topics.
a natural fit for public office. They comprise more than one-third of the
federal work force and have been shown to be more likely to vote, contact
public officials, volunteer, give to charity and work with neighbors to fix
problems in their community,” says Nick Armstrong, IVMF senior director of research
and policy and a Maxwell alumnus. “Most importantly, veterans tend to demonstrate
more bipartisan behavior than their peers. Their military service primes them
for the responsibilities that come with public office, yet programs to support
such a career are few and far between.”
program aligns with Syracuse University’s commitment to be the “best place for
veterans” and the military-connected community. Consistently ranked among the
top 10 best universities for veterans, Syracuse was most recently ranked by Military
Times as the #1 private school for veterans and the #4 school overall in 2018. The
University is one of only 15 Pat Tillman Foundation University Partners. Now in
its second year as a partner institution, Syracuse was selected for its
innovative veteran services, strong culture of support for military veterans
and spouses and its rigorous academic programs.
School of Citizenship and Public Affairs is home to the nation’s #1-ranked
school for graduate education in public affairs (U.S. News & World Report),
offering graduate professional degrees in public administration and
international affairs. It is also Syracuse University’s home for innovative
teaching and research across nine social science disciplines (Anthropology,
Citizenship and Civic Engagement, Economics, Geography, History, International
Relations, Policy Studies, Political Science and Sociology).
University is furthering its commitment to the veteran and military-connected
population with construction of the National Veterans Resource Center (NVRC), a
first-of-its-kind, multi-use facility dedicated to advancing academic research,
programming and community-connected innovation serving the social, economic and
wellness concerns of the nation’s veterans and families. The NVRC is scheduled to
open in spring 2020.
The VIP program
marks another collaboration between the University and JPMorgan Chase in support
of the military community. JPMorgan
Chase co-founded the IVMF at Syracuse University and is a major funder of
Onward to Opportunity, a career preparation and employment training program, available
online and operating on 18 military installation communities across the country.
To date, the IVMF has served over 125,000 veterans and members of the military
community, an impact made possible thanks to JPMorgan Chase’s commitment to the
military community and as the Institute’s largest corporate contributor.
Chase’s dedication to the military community is widely recognized and practiced
in the firm’s operations. Since 2011, more than 14,000 veterans have joined the
employee ranks of JPMorgan Chase, and the firm has developed several supportive
programs including the Veteran Jobs Mission – previously the 100,000 Jobs
Mission – a coalition founded in 2011 with the goal of hiring 100,000 veterans.
Now over 200 members strong, the coalition has collectively hired more than 500,000
veterans with a commitment to hiring one million.
“IVMF is a
valued partner in JPMorgan Chase’s mission to support veterans in fulfilling
their potential in their post-military careers,” says Mark Elliott, head of military
and veterans affairs at JPMorgan Chase. “Veterans and their families are an
incredibly valuable asset to the public service sector and we’re proud to
support the Vets in Politics program to help develop the next generation of
more information about the project, please visit www.maxwell.syr.edu/veterans-in-politics.
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
The Institute for
Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) is the first interdisciplinary national
institute in higher education focused on the social, economic, education and
policy issues impacting veterans and their families. Through its professional
staff and experts, the IVMF delivers leading programs in career, vocational and
entrepreneurship education and training, while also conducting actionable
research, policy analysis and program evaluations. The IVMF also supports
communities through collective impact efforts that enhance delivery and access
to services and care. The Institute, supported by a distinguished advisory
board, along with public and private partners, is committed to advancing the
lives of those who have served in America’s armed forces and their families.
For more information, visit ivmf.syracuse.edu and follow the IVMF on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About the Maxwell School
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs is
Syracuse University’s home for innovative, interdisciplinary teaching and
research in the social sciences, public policy, public administration and
international relations. It is consistently ranked among America’s top graduate
schools of public affairs (U.S. News
& World Report), offering highly regarded professional degrees
alongside advanced scholarly degrees in the social sciences; it is also home to
Syracuse University’s undergraduate programs across the social sciences.
Maxwell scholars conduct wide-ranging research through ten interdisciplinary centers, each
focused on a topical area within public affairs, such as governance, social and
economic policy, conflict and collaboration, public wellness, aging, energy and
environment, national security, regional studies and more. For more
information, please visit maxwell.syr.edu.
About Syracuse University
Syracuse University is a private, international research
university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an
undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York state, with
a global footprint and nearly 150 years of history,
Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience, as well as
innovative online learning environments. The scope of Syracuse University is a
testament to its strengths. At Syracuse University, we offer a choice of more
than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges and 18
online degree programs. We have more than 15,000 undergraduates and 7,500
graduate students, more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries,
and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more
information, please visit syracuse.edu.
Director of Communications, Maxwell School