SELLERS/HARMON: Statement on the War in Ukraine

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To the University Community,

Each day, the Russian invasion of Ukraine brings reports of loss, destruction, and hardship. The impact of this is felt in every corner of our world, including in our own community.

As the conflict abroad continues to escalate, so do the tensions and safety concerns from members of our U-M community. Throughout history, moments of fear have lent themselves to outcomes of prejudice and hostility. It is up to us to choose our path forward —together— remembering that U-M is home to individuals with ties to Ukraine, Russia, and their neighbors. While the conflict between these nations may be driven by political ideology and military action, the decisions of some are not a reflection of the personal views and ideologies of all.

One of the University of Michigan’s greatest strengths is that we are comprised of students, faculty, and staff from across the globe. Moreover, while U-M is built upon the many passions and interests of these individuals, ultimately, our collective actions and outcomes are geared towards making our community and world a better place for everyone.

During these difficult times, it is imperative that we continue to support all members of our community and remain vigilant that intimidation and acts of prejudice have no place here. Our collective sense of compassion, understanding, and grace—even in the face of adversity—is essential to our success and well-being as individuals and as a University.

Earlier this month, President Mary Sue Coleman issued a statement to the University community in support of those who are impacted by the conflict in Ukraine. Additionally, Laura Blake Jones, Dean of Students, issued statements of support and resources for Ukrainian and Russian students.

Each of us has a role to play in extending support and compassion to one another. Our institution’s strength comes from the many and diverse individuals who call the University of Michigan home. Together, we make Michigan. Together, we celebrate and care for all members of our community.

 

Robert Sellers
Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion
Chief Diversity Officer

Martino Harmon
Vice President for Student Life



Resources for students 

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Resources for faculty and staff

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Michigan Medicine Office of Counseling and Workplace Resilience

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