Allison Tutt

A University of Central Arkansas student was included in the 2018 class of the Student Veterans of America Leadership Institute held in Washington, D.C.

Alison Tutt, a graduate student pursuing a master’s in mental health counseling, attended the 7th annual SVA Leadership Institute in September.

The Leadership Institute is a three-day leadership immersion program for 101 of the best chapter leaders at SVA that takes place at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It is sponsored by Prudential and includes volunteer participation by their employees during the program. This year marked the SVA’s 7th annual Leadership Institute.

“As an Army veteran and student here at the University of Central Arkansas, it was an extremely proud moment for me to recently be selected as one of the top 100 Student Veterans of America chapter leaders to attend the 7th annual SVA Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,” Tutt said. “Throughout the three days of intense leadership training, we not only had the opportunity to have our voices heard at the White House but also mentored by SVA alumni who now work for some of the largest companies in America.”

As part of the leadership experience, Tutt and her classmates also met with top leaders in Washington, D.C. such as Gen. Joseph Kellogg Jr., national security adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, and Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Using the SVA Leadership Institute experience, Tutt hopes to serve the UCA campus by offering learning opportunities for military students about how personal branding and using social media accounts can impact their future careers.

The Springfield, Arkansas, native is president of UCA’s chapter of SVA. She works on the UCA campus in the Office of Veteran Services and is a participant and organizer of the Student Veterans Resource Center on campus. She also is a member of the Non-Traditional Student Organization, Minton Commuter College and the Arkansas Mental Health Counselors Association. She hopes to work in mental health with veterans after graduating.

Learn more about SVA’s Leadership Institute: http://studentveterans.org/programs/leadership-institute-lis