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War in Ukraine: Campus Support and Resources

Global Cornell condemns the Russian invasion of the sovereign nation of Ukraine and stands in solidarity with all people in the region who are suffering.

On this page, you'll find university statements, opportunities to engage, and resources for the campus community and Cornell's Ukrainian and Russian students, faculty, and staff.

The Future of Ukrainian Higher Education, with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy

On May 16, 2022, the Association of American Universities hosted a conversation with President Zelenskyy on how America’s leading research universities—including Cornell—and Ukrainian officials and educators can work together to help rebuild and transform his country’s decimated higher education sector.

University Statements

Statement from President Pollack

"The world has watched Russia’s deplorable and unprovoked invasion of the sovereign nation of Ukraine, an attack that is both devastating for the people of Ukraine and has deeply impacted countless others, including members of our own community. My heart goes out to each of them."

Global Cornell Statements

Cornell Photo: Ukrainian students Olga Zimina, Olena Zavodna,and Ivan Kosyuk, pose for a portrait in the lobby of the Johnson Art Museum on February 25, 2022
Ukrainian students Olga Zimina, Olena Zavodna, and Ivan Kosyuk on February 25, 2022, days after Russian forces invaded Ukraine. photo / Ryan Young (Cornell)
Weathered blue and yellow swatches.

Meet Two Young Alums Doing Hands-On Relief Work in Ukraine

(March 16, 2023) Two best friends recently marked one year since they left their East Coast lives for a humanitarian aid mission to Eastern Europe. Read the article in Cornellians.

Amid war, Cornell faculty and staff support Ukrainian startups

(Jan. 10, 2023) Through eō Business Incubators, founded by a Cornell professor in 2019, faculty and staff provide training for Ukrainian startups, creating and supporting a business infrastructure on which to build after the war. Read the article in the Cornell Chronicle

Panelists: War in Ukraine Reshapes World Political Order

(Sept. 27, 2022) At the event, Aftershocks: Geopolitics Since the Ukraine invasion, a panel of faculty and experts raised concerns about worldwide consequences stemming from the ongoing conflict that began with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Read the article in the Cornell Chronicle.

Faculty and Students on the War in Ukraine

(March 22, 2022) Hosted by Global Cornell and featuring scholars based in Ukraine, Cornell faculty experts, and Ukrainian students, the March 17 forum gave Cornell faculty, staff, and students a time to come together, learn more about the unprovoked invasion—and stand with the Ukrainian people. Watch the video.

Ukrainian Cornellians Look Homeward with Anxiety, Concern

(Feb. 28, 2022) Ukrainian students and researchers at Cornell share thoughts about their loved ones’ safety and their country’s future as they absorb the ongoing news of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Read their stories in the Cornell Chronicle

Campus Resources

For Ukrainian and Russian Students, Staff, and Faculty

As the devastation in Ukraine continues, Global Cornell stands with the people of the region. Knowing that we have many students, staff, and faculty from both Ukraine and Russia, we urge you to take care of yourselves and remember that you are not alone. 

Campus Support for Mental Health

Discussing Difficult Topics

Find resources for talking respectfully across differences on our Inclusion, Engagement, and Advocacy page. Visit Cornell's Center for Teaching Innovation for new advice for faculty on responding to incidents that affect the teaching and learning climate.

How You Can Help

Consider supporting reputable international organizations providing humanitarian aid and emergency relief within Ukraine and to refugees in Europe and around the world. Here is a starting point—as with all charitable giving, use caution.