Col. Lisa Carrington Firmin

Author, Founder, Consultant, Combat Vet, Writer and Poet.

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Pain, Betrayal, and Resilience on the MST Battlefield

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Lisa Carrington Firmin is a Latina, combat vet, writer and poet and currently serves as the Military Liaison for the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). As the founder of the Veteran and Military Affairs department and its inaugural Associate Vice President, she consolidated all veteran support services on campus and established the Center for Military Affiliated Students. She started priority registration and a tailored orientation program for veterans, instituted scholarships for all military affiliated students and created case studies and a training module highlighting Veteran Culture Competence. Serves as the conduit between UTSA and the veteran/military community. In her previous role, as Associate Provost for Faculty/Student Diversity and Recruitment she founded the UTSA Top Scholar program, the first Presidential level Distinguished Diversity awards program and led the addition of Gender Identity/Gender Expression to the university’s nondiscrimination policy.

Firmin serves as Founder/CEO of Carrington Firmin LLC providing writing and consulting services in Leadership, Veterans, Transitions, Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and Diversity and Inclusion. Her poetry is deeply personal, an intimate reflection into the invisible wounds of MST, PTSD, trauma, hardship, and combat. She has been featured on various media to include documentary regarding her leadership, advocacy for underserved populations, her poetry and book, Stories from the Front: Pain, Betrayal, and Resilience on the MST Battlefield (April 2022 - Blue Ear Books).