Women Veterans Panel

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In honor of Women's History Month, please join us for a panel discussion on the experiences of women veterans. Our esteemed panelists include: Tricia Boucher, Patricia Crawford, Maija Hill, and Jennifer Whitworth; see bios below. Moderated by Savannah Finan and hosted by the Military Resource Center and Unity Center. Light refreshments provided. 

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Tricia Lourenco Boucher is a U.S. Army and Air Force Reserves Veteran, wife, and mother of three beautiful children. She is active in the community, serves as the VFW Post 916 Commander, and volunteers with the URI Master Gardeners at the University of Rhode Island. Trish has a B.A. in Psychology from Rhode Island College and a B.S. in Plant Science & Entomology - Sustainable Crop Production from the University of Rhode Island.  She currently works as a plant science research assistant for Dr. Rebecca Brown at the URI agronomy farm. Trish is passionate about farming, food sovereignty, sustainability, her family, veterans and chickens.  

Patricia N. Crawford is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Business Administration with a specialized focus on Finance at the University of Rhode Island.  In addition, Patricia serves as a distinguished Medical Service Corps Officer in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Patricia earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Accounting from Xavier University (OH) and American Military University, respectively. Patricia currently holds the esteemed position of President of the Graduate Student Association (GSA), which strives to foster academic, intellectual, and social growth among its 2,000 members. Patricia's exceptional leadership skills and dedication are invaluable to these organizations and their missions.

Maija Hill is a member of The Narragansett Tribe, a veteran of the US Army, and proud mother of 3. The daughter of a US Air Force Korean War veteran, mother to a daughter who is currently serving in the US Air Force and mother of a son, who is also a veteran of the US Army. I am honored to serve as a veterans advocate as well as the veteran representative of the Narragansett Nation.

Originally from Dartmouth, MA, Jennifer Whitworth enlisted in the Army as a Combat Medic following high school.  Jen served at Camp Humphreys, South Korea and Walter Reed Army Medical Center attaining the rank of Sergeant before being Honorably discharged in 2004.  Jen attended Providence College on the GI Bill and received a BS in Business Administration.  She currently oversees the Health Services Billing and Insurance office at URI where she recently completed her Master's in Healthcare Management degree in December 2021.  A proud member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Jennifer serves as the Quartermaster for Post 916 in Wakefield.  Jennifer and her husband, Fran, also a military veteran, live in Narragansett with their children AJ, Danielle, Caitlin and Sarah.  If not at the beach, Jen can be found on the sidelines in her role as coach and registrar with the Narragansett Youth Soccer Association.

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The Unity Center

The Unity Center serves as a brave space on campus for all students to engage in meaningful and critical conversations that challenge systems of oppression.

Military Resource Center

The mission of the Military Resource Center is to serve and support military personnel, veterans, and families with information, transition assistance, education programs, counseling, and advocacy, ensuring they receive the support they need and deserve.