US Higher Institutions Show Support for Ukrainians

By John Dressel on March 23, 2022

It has been about a month since Russia began its invasion of Ukraine. The war has brought immense suffering and a heavy burden to the people of Ukraine. Over 700 civilians, 52 of those being children, have been killed since this conflict started, however, the U.N. predicts the true death toll is likely higher.

The effects of this destruction have spread far beyond Ukraine’s borders; for example, many college students in other countries have family in Ukraine or other personal ties to the devastating conflict.

This has led many higher institutions to lend aid to these students and show support for the Ukrainians defending their country. The way these institutions are offering support has shown many different approaches to the conflict.

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The University of Chicago announced that students affected by the war would be given full-tuition scholarships. The university also pledged to increase other forms of financial support and expand fellowship programs for these students. “…We hope to support the potential of the young people impacted by the war in Ukraine and ensure their futures are not derailed by political conflict and violence,” said Dean of The College, John Boyer.

Hampton University, located in Virginia, announced a similar initiative. During the summer 2022 session, 50-100 students in Ukraine will be given the opportunity to continue their studies at the university without tuition or room and board costs.

Other colleges and universities across America have been showing support in various ways, with some organizing item drives.

West Liberty University in West Virginia will be holding a vigil to advocate for an end to the conflict. Students, staff members, and community members will be in attendance to show their support for Ukraine and to call for peace.

George Mason University, also located in Virginia, sent out an email to all students expressing support to those affected by the conflict. “We are proud that Mason is a caring community that offers resources that can provide support and help during this very difficult and challenging time.” The message continued by guiding those who may need to use university resources. “For students, professional support is offered through Counseling and Psychological Services, the Student Support and Advocacy Center, and the Office of International Programs and Services.” The email ended by stating “We want you to know that we care.” It was signed by Mark R. Ginsberg, Provost and Executive Vice President, and Rose Pascarell, Vice President of the University Life Department.

Institutions are also holding discussions to analyze the conflict and supporting efforts that students are organizing.

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