Regarding the Ongoing War in Ukraine

Dear Colleagues and Students,

Over the past weeks, the world has watched with horror as the Russian government launched an unprovoked and unjustified attack against Ukraine. This invasion is a clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty, an attack on democracy, and a significant disruption of global peace. Our hearts are with those experiencing this terrible violence, and we condemn Russia’s violation of international law. World order does not merely revolve around those with the largest military forces and the dignity of peace is deserved by all. 

The humanitarian crisis that has ensued in Eastern Europe is deeply troubling and will potentially resonate worldwide for years to come. All people evacuating Ukraine deserve safety, respect, and kindness as they flee war, regardless of national origin, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, or religion. Reports of Ukrainian being treated otherwise are disturbing and deserve condemnation.  

As a community of higher learning, we celebrate the values that allow us to discuss the events happening in the world. UM-Dearborn stands for the defense of free speech, democratic ideals, and peace.

We also support our local community. Roughly 45,000 Ukrainian-Americans live in metro Detroit. The university has been in touch with members of our campus who have been impacted by this outbreak of war, and all of us at UM-Dearborn hope for a diplomatic resolution and a return to peace.

UM-Dearborn Professor Anna Muller has scheduled a “teach in” tomorrow, March 8, on the subject of the Russian war against Ukraine. The event will take place between  2:00-3:30 pm. You can attend the discussion in person in CASL 1030 or via Zoom

UM-Ann Arbor has also posted a list of organizations asking for assistance to address the humanitarian crisis. Additional learning opportunities and events related to Ukraine and Russia are being planned and our campus will be invited to attend. 

Students who need assistance can contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Faculty and staff may seek support through the Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office (FASCCO). If you are experiencing or see something that concerns you, don’t hesitate to contact public safety at 313-593-5333.

With hope for a better world, 

Domenico Grasso

Office of the Chancellor

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