Crisis in Ukraine We support the people of Ukraine and their fight to sustain their democracy.

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Crisis in Ukraine

We support the people of Ukraine and their fight to sustain their democracy.

March 7, 2022

Dear Wolf Pack Family,

The invasion by Russia into Ukraine is a sad and deeply troubling event that continues to exact a terrible toll with the killing, injuring and displacement of hundreds of thousands of people. That this invasion was unprovoked and unlawful make its repercussions even worse. In the face of this unnecessary act of aggression by Russia, the Ukrainian people have shown incredible courage, resolve and resiliency in their fight to maintain their freedom. We support the people of Ukraine and their fight to sustain their democracy.

In fact, as an institution of higher learning, it is moments like the one before us now where we must pursue constructive dialogue, seek out the actions that speak to peace and the support of human rights, and to demonstrate on every level, in everything that we do, that empathy and a focus on those most vulnerable among us represent the true heartbeat of our institution.

In addition, there are individuals in our campus community and in the larger northern Nevada community who have family or friends who are in Ukraine, or who are not that far away in other parts of Europe. We need to provide comfort and support to these individuals. We must look to one another as well. We must not be afraid, as global citizens who live, work and study on the campus of an institution of higher learning, to ask important questions, about how the uncertainties of the world right now are affecting each and every one of us. We grow closer together simply by reaching out and starting these important conversations which lead us to a better understanding of why the support of human rights and the sanctity of our democratic ideals are at the center of a more peaceful, just and hopeful world.

Our campus will be holding “Reflections on Ukraine” night on Tuesday, March 8 at 6 p.m. in the Veterans and Military Center (Pennington Student Achievement Center Room 310). Military connected family members and the campus community are all invited. The event is not aimed at a veteran perspective only and seeks a broad campus community discussion. As more events are scheduled, we will make you aware of them.

In this time of need, counseling and therapy services are available to students, faculty and staff. Students are encouraged to reach out to Counseling Services. The Employee Assistance Program is available for employees.

There have also been questions to the Office of the President about how you can help. The U.S. State Department has provided an excellent website with the latest information and updates regarding the crisis in Ukraine, including “How to Help.” The Northern Nevada International Center’s website also has a great deal of excellent information and resources that are available to the community regarding Ukraine.

Our hearts are with the people of the Ukraine.

Sincere regards,

Brian Sandoval
President

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