To the University of Rochester Community:
All of us are concerned and deeply saddened by the unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine and mourn the escalating losses of life and livelihood as this conflict continues. With students, faculty, and staff from both Ukraine and Russia among our University community, we know too well the lasting damage this conflict is causing. And as a university of global consequence, we stand with leaders around the world in advocating for justice and peace.
We are also concerned for those in our community who may be affected by recent events in Ukraine. Our Office of Global Engagement has created a Ukraine Crisis Resources webpage, and I encourage any students, faculty, or staff who have questions or need guidance or support to start there, and continue to check back regularly for announcements of additional resources and events.
Meanwhile, let us all continue to work for peace and justice in the world – not just in this conflict, but everywhere that oppression threatens individuals’ rights to chart their own paths and realize their own futures.
Sarah C. Mangelsdorf
President and G. Robert Witmer, Jr. University Professor