War in Ukraine draws concern, action on campus
Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last month, the campus community is expressing its support for Ukrainian students and all those affected by the conflict.
“As we follow the grim news in Ukraine, our thoughts are with our Ukrainian students and all those in harm’s way,” wrote Chancellor Blank on her Twitter account following the start of the invasion. “We hope for peace in the region and for diplomacy and democracy to prevail.”
UW–Madison has reached out to its Ukrainian and Russian students on campus to offer support. Currently, no study abroad students are in either country.
Although campus is heading into spring recess on March 11, several events and activities are planned in the coming days. Among those scheduled:
- “Crisis at The Brink: The Ukraine-Russia Conflict”, March 9, from 6-7:30 p.m., Ingraham Hall, Room 19. The Alexander Hamilton Society at UW–Madison, a nonpartisan student organization, will host a panel discussion for all UW faculty, students and staff. Panelists will include: Jeffrey Gedmin, co-founder and editor-in-chief of American Purpose; UW–Madison political science professor Yoshiko Herrera, an expert on politics in Russia and other post-Soviet states; and UW–Madison political science professor Jessica Weeks, the H. Douglas Weaver Chair in Diplomacy and International Relations. The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA).
- Charity Bake Sale, March 26, 10 a.m.– 3 p.m., Goodman Community Center, 214 Waubesa Street, Madison. Organized by UW–Madison postdoctoral researcher Una Baker, the sale will benefit local nonprofits operating in Ukraine. Contact Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org to have your name added to the list of charity bakers.
On campus and in the broader community, faculty, staff and students have gathered to voice opposition to the conflict and to share the larger context.
- On Feb. 24, Russian and Ukrainian students and instructors at UW–Madison showed solidarity with Ukraine and, during a protest on campus, called for Russian President Vladimir Putin to halt his invasion of the sovereign nation. A good resource for information on upcoming events is CREECA through its Facebook page and Twitter account.
- Faculty members and instructors with expertise in Russian politics, international diplomacy and many other topics related to the Ukrainian invasion have been sharing their knowledge widely through public events and media interviews. CREECA is tracking many of these media appearances on a frequently updated webpage.
- On March 2, CREECA hosted a panel discussion on the Russian invasion with five experts to help community members better understand the conflict and its global impact. An archived recording of the event can be viewed here. Podcasts of CREECA lectures can be found here. And check out this Q&A from “The UW Now” series about the invasion of Ukraine.
UW–Madison offers all members of the campus community resources to support their general well-being and mental health. That can be especially important during times of immense uncertainty and suffering in the world.
Students can find many kinds of support through the Dean of Students Office and a variety of mental health resources through University Health Services. Employees can access resources through the Employee Assistance Office.