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Showing Support for Ukraine

Over the past several days, the tragic events that have unfolded in Ukraine have stirred deep emotions across the world.  Empathy for the people of Ukraine.  Anger toward the Russian autocracy.  Anxiety over what could happen next.  Fear in response to brutal attacks on innocent people and on our most basic principles – democracy, freedom and compassion for humankind.  

While thousands of miles away, the unrest in Ukraine elicits feelings of uncertainty here at home.  Our hearts extend to those in our community who are Ukrainian-American and whose loved ones are directly affected by this needless violence.      

As an institution of higher education, we are fortunate to have resources within our community that can provide historical context and unique perspectives on this issue.  You’re encouraged to take advantage of the following opportunities to reflect upon the crisis in Ukraine and gain a deeper understanding of the issues related to it:

– Gathering for Peace:  A brief ceremony at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 1, at Veterans Memorial Court (flagpoles at the center of the Fenner Quadrangle) will show our support for peace.

– Panel Presentation:  At noon on Tuesday, March 1, Andreea Maierean, assistant professor of political science, Jonathan Kuiken, associate professor of history, and Andy Miller, associate professor of political science, will discuss the Ukraine/Russia conflict in the McHale Athletic Center. This panel is open to all students, faculty and staff who wish to learn more, engage in conversation and ask questions.  The presentation will also be available via Zoom:, Meeting ID: 949 2850 0733, Passcode: 689058.

– Faculty Reactions:  This week, Wilkes faculty members have been called upon by the media to share their expertise on the conflict.  Read more about what faculty had to say and view news coverage that features our experts.

As a nation that values democracy and justice above all else, we must condemn the acts of war that Russian leaders have inflicted upon the people of an independent Ukraine.  Hopefully, through shared experiences such as these we can help build a more engaged, well-informed campus community and, in turn, society.