09.01.14 Disney’s Heroes Work Here Summer Recap: Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World SALUTE Military Cast Members With New Diversity Resource Group, Disney and USAA Offer ‘Veterans Institute’ Workshop to Encourage Hiring of Military Veterans, Disney Supports Student Veterans of America With New Scholarship Program.
This July was especially momentous for cast members with connections to the military as SALUTE, a new diversity resource group, officially launched at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts with patriotic ceremonies on both coasts. Cast members participating in SALUTE will help provide a military perspective that will enhance the cast and guest experience. SALUTE is the sixth diversity resource group at Disneyland Resort and the seventh for Walt Disney World Resort. These groups serve as resources to the company and our cast by sharing the unique perspectives and contributions that diverse communities can offer.
On August 19, 2014 Disney’s second ‘Veterans Institute’ presented by USAA took place in San Antonio, TX. More than 200 companies joined our most recent ‘Veterans Institute’ workshop so they, too, can learn how to support America’s heroes better by building their own successful veteran-hiring programs based on Disney’s Heroes Work Here initiative. Several experts, government officials, veterans, nonprofit organizations and Disney executives—including Jeff James, vice president and general manager, Disney Institute, Rod Wingfield, director, Global Diversity and Inclusion, and Kevin Preston, director, Veterans Initiative—were also present to inspire and collaborate with workshop participants.
This Summer, Disney, In partnership with Student Veterans of America (SVA), a leading organization that assists military veterans in succeeding in higher education and beyond, announced the three recipients of our new scholarship program for student veterans pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). Today, we’d like to introduce you to the three individuals who were awarded those scholarships.
Cameron Waites: Cameron served in the U.S. Army as a medic and developed a strong desire to help others through science and medicine. Cameron has been admitted to Harvard Medical School where he will study the science of the brain. He hopes to be able to help veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder.
Molly Schmeizie: Molly served in the Coast Guard and is working on a Masters in Biology at Humbolt State University. She hopes to apply this scholarship to the fieldwork that is required for her advance studies.
Robert Cloud: Robert served in the United States Marine Corps and has taken his fondness for helping others into the classroom. He is a science teacher and is currently pursuing his Masters in Education with a concentration on science.
These three individuals demonstrate the caliber and mindset of our veterans; people who are compassionate and give of their time to others. Their academic achievements are exceptional and Disney is proud to help them achieve their goals.
Heroes Work Here and The Disney Professional Internship program will offer another round of scholarships to veterans on campus through the partnership with Student Veterans of America, in 2015.