About us


To serve the university by promoting dialogue, teaching, and research that increases information, understanding, knowledge, and relationships among military, civilian, and academic cultures.


To be the hub of information about teaching, research, programming, and people at ASU; to serve students, faculty, and staff to integrate veteran voices in the arts, humanities, and sciences; and to increase collective awareness of the individual, familial, and societal costs of going to war, engaging in war, and coming home from war

Statement of need and purpose

Developed in partnership with the Pat Tillman Veterans’ Center, the Office for Veteran and Military Academic Engagemnt (OVMAE) is designed to connect veterans and university communities and to identify and create venues that reflect veterans’ voices and experiences. Today less than one percent of our society serves in the armed forces or is a dependent of those service members. The American model of civil-military relations assumes an important role for civilians and civilian politicians in the making of war, foreign and security policy, but, especially since the move toward the all-volunteer army, the gap between civilian and military cultures has been growing dangerously wide.
OVMAE will strive to address that gap by providing opportunities for our “traditional” students, faculty and staff to listen to the stories of those who have experienced war and military service through support of oral history projects. Listening to Veterans’ stories, makes the humanities and arts the core of its vision, but the office also seeks to engage with colleagues in other disciplines, above all the social sciences and professional schools, who are also learning from and about Veterans in their own research and teaching. Because Veterans, like all students, come from diverse backgrounds, face diverse challenges and have diverse ambitions, the Office seeks to provide diverse paths to student success but also to work toward a holistic approach to Veteran students and their educational paths at ASU. 

Contact us:

Arizona Center, Suite 360
455 N. 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

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Picture of Wanda Wright in front of US and AZ flags

Director Wanda Wright is the third generation of her family to serve in the U.S. military. As a 1985 United States Air Force Academy graduate she began her
military career as Deputy Budget Officer with the Tactical Air Command in South Carolina. During 21 years with the Arizona National Guard, she served in various positions finishing her career as the Director of Staff for the Adjutant General in Phoenix. She retired from military service in 2011 at the rank of Colonel. In
2015, Director Wright was selected by Governor Doug Ducey to lead the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services.

Director Wright was selected as the Director of the Office for Veteran and Military Academic Engagement and began her duties on 1June 2023.

Director Wright holds a B.S. in Management from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a M.B.A from Webster University in South Carolina, a M.P.A. from the University of Arizona and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Arizona State University. Director Wright’s decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster.

Director Wright was the President for the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs (2022-2023). She was appointed to serve on the VA’s Advisory Committee on Women Veterans in 2018. She continues to serve on the Committee as Vice Chairman.





Stacey Eastwood is the Coordinator of the Office for Veteran and Military Academic Engagement. Before joining OVMAE Stacey worked as a school certifying specialist with the Pat Tillman Veterans Center at the West campus. She is a U.S. Army veteran and served during the peacekeeping mission, IFOR, in Bosnia-Herzegovena in 1996. 

Born and raised near the Ft. Sill Army base, Stacey is part of a family with a rich military history. Her father served for 30 years in the U.S. Army Reserves, her uncle is a Vietnam Veteran, and both of her aunts served in the U.S. Air Force.Along with many other family members who served in all branches of the U.S. military.

Stacey is a ASU alum who graduated from the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences on the West campus with a Bachelor of Arts degree in women and gender studies and a Master of Arts degree in interdisciplinary studies. She is interested in providing a community environment for all military-affiliated Arizona State University students and to assist with their transition from a military-focused environment to a broader civilian focus with an understanding of the support systems available to them.