Dear Lafayette community,

In the past week, we have been in conversation with individuals across campus who are directly and indirectly impacted by the events in Ukraine. Like you, we are horrified, saddened, and angered by the unfolding tragedies.

Crises such as these underscore the importance of a community like ours. The depth and breadth of our knowledge and experiences allow us to engage in meaningful dialogue about the events. Our community also offers space to seek peaceful solutions and powerful ways to support those most in need.

In this community, students, faculty, and staff from Ukraine, Russia, and other parts of Europe are deeply troubled by these events. Whether you are from the impacted areas, have loved ones who live there, or are a concerned global citizen—you are not alone. Here are a few ways we will support one another:

  • You may join our friends and colleagues from Russian and Eastern European Studies on The Quad at 12:15 p.m. tomorrow to stand in solidarity with those most affected by the conflict.
  • Members of the community are in touch with those on campus who come from the regions most impacted, as well as those who have expressed a need for support.
  • Students can seek support through the Counseling Center’s appointments, drop-in consultation hours, and access to telemental health resources.
  • Employees who need support may access services through the Employee Assistance Program.

Tragic events motivate many of us to leap into advocacy. Perhaps these events move you to have discussions with others. Conceivably, these events may bring a need for stillness and quiet in your life. There is more than one way to process the devastating attack on Ukraine and its impact on our world. Please know your Lafayette family is here for you, whatever your needs are. Together, with love and empathy, we will navigate the complexities of this moment.

Our hearts and thoughts are with all impacted, particularly those on the front lines and those fleeing the violence. May peace prevail.

In community,

Nicole Farmer Hurd

Categorized in: Presidential News

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