NASPA stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine. The war in Ukraine poses an immediate threat to the lives and well-being of many of our dedicated colleagues and their families. In addition, this crisis is generating consequences in the region that can be felt globally.
NASPA is monitoring the responses of higher education institutions, associations, and students and will share an update on the effects of the conflict and sanctions in our monthly policy newsletter (to receive the newsletter, visit this link and select Public Policy Division in Divisions and Groups).
It may often feel as if there is little to be done to prevent this kind of global authoritarianism. A recent statement by the American Association of Colleges and Universities reminds us that “higher education has a vital role to play in this global moment. We know that higher education—liberal arts education, in particular—is an effective safeguard against the development and spread of authoritarianism.”
In recognition of the many Ukranian students who are studying in U.S colleges and universities, NASPA supports the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration in their call to Secretaries Alejandro Mayorkas (Homeland Security) and Antony Blinken (State) to issue a Temporary Protected Status designation and announce Special Student Relief for Ukrainian nationals residing or studying in the United States. We also join others’ calls not to target particular groups of students, staff, and faculty based on Russia’s actions.
We also recognize the danger and disruption experienced by our higher education colleagues in the Ukraine.
Conflict as deep and disruptive as this may prompt us to take action as local or global citizens, and may also expose us to trauma and leave us in a place of vulnerability.
If you’re interested in assisting those caught in the middle of the conflict and its fallout, you can visit https://www.cidi.org/disaster-responses/ukraine-crisis/ for ways you can help.
If you're experiencing trauma or need support, we encourage you to reach out for support:
SAMHSA National Helpline: 1-800-662-4357
SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990