We write to express our continued concern over the deeply troubling Russian aggression against Ukraine and the tragic impact it is having on members of our academic community – especially our Ukrainian students, faculty and staff, those who have family and friends in Ukraine and anyone who might be in danger.
These are uncertain and volatile times – a moment in history that calls on individuals and organizations to support and assist the victims of what is happening in Ukraine and all those affected by the historic aggression that affects so many people in such a deep way.
We are proud and very happy that Mason is a caring community that offers resources that can provide support and assistance during this very difficult and challenging time. For students, professional support is offered through Counseling and Psychology Services, the Student Support and Advocacy Center and the Office of International Programs and Services. Contact details and additional University Life resources can be identified and accessed via http://ulife.gmu.edu.
We also encourage each of us to remain sensitive and do everything possible to be understanding and flexible with students and colleagues who may be struggling.
Faculty and staff resources are also available through assistance provided by the Employee Assistance Program, accessible through your employer-sponsored health insurance. Details can be found on the benefits website at http://hr.gmu.edu.
Like you, we will continue to monitor everything that happens. We will keep you updated as various campus events and gatherings take place. Please don’t wait or hesitate to ask for help who can support and help you. The resources of our university are available and accessible.
We want you to know that we care about you.
Mark R. Ginsberg, Ph.D. Rose Pascarell
Vice-Rector and Executive Vice-President Vice-President for University Life