WINCHESTER — Umpqua Community College is preparing to host a five-member delegation from the Ukraine as part of the Open World Program. The delegates’ mission in Roseburg will be to examine Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and veteran reintegration. They will be participating in a variety of campus and community-wide events during their May 13-22 visit.

This initiative is aimed at filling a critical knowledge and practice gap with Ukrainian social workers and medical practitioners. Many of these people are volunteers who have stepped forward to help the people who have served their country in its time of war and crisis. This program is an educational model from which the delegates can learn best practices, and then take those examples back to the Ukraine for implementation.

Some of the delegation’s community events will include attending a Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon, touring the Roseburg Veteran’s Administration Medical Center and participating in a Zonta Club of Roseburg Luncheon. The week will conclude with a Governmental Leaders Luncheon hosted by the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians.

The Open World delegation is also scheduled to visit several UCC departments and programs. These interactions will provide delegates with opportunities to visit educators, administrators and staff who develop and implement service and mental health programs on campus.

The visit will also include a student veteran panel and provide insight into local programs designed to support and serve veterans. UCC’s faculty and staff have opened their homes to these visitors to allow them to experience American family life.

Open World was established in 1999 by the U.S. Congress. The program, which is primarily congressionally funded, has introduced more than 26,000 current and future decision makers from Eurasia and other countries to American political and civic life.

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just me

seems like they would spend more time at the va

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