February 27, 2022

Dear all,

As we watch and read about the horrific acts of aggression in Ukraine, we join the international community in condemning this unprovoked attack. Already more than 350,000 people have fled Ukraine, and the UN estimates that number could grow to 5 million, as columns of Russian tanks rumble down residential streets, and massive explosions rock cities and towns across the country. It is terrifying, devastating, and heartbreaking.

Students, faculty, administrators, and staff with connections in the region may be deeply affected. Our hearts are with them and the many people in the region who face uncertainty and violence today, and we echo the many calls for diplomacy and peace in the region.

Some have asked how to help. Donations can be made (for instance, through the International Rescue Committee, UNICEF, Doctors Without Borders, or other NGOs). Reaching out to those who have connections in the region to offer support can also be meaningful, and staying informed as this crisis unfolds is paramount.

Students who need support through this crisis can contact the Counseling Service (845-437-5700) during regular business hours, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. If students need to speak with a counselor after normal business hours, students may reach the Counselor on Call by calling the Campus Response Center (845-437-7333). Employees may reach out to the Employee Assistance Program.

A Vigil for Peace is being planned for this week by the Offices of International Services and Religious, Spiritual Life and Contemplative Services. Please watch your email for details.

This is a time when we need community more than ever. Let's together hope for peaceful resolution. Take care.

Elizabeth H. Bradley, President
Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604