A Message From Dean Fluharty to the Penn Arts & Sciences Community About Ukraine

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Over the last week we have seen the devastation that has been brought upon Ukraine and that has far-reaching consequences in the region and around the world, including here at Penn. The School of Arts and Sciences strongly condemns the Russian incursion, which violates not only international law but all moral and political norms of international behavior. We hold in our thoughts all of those who are suffering as a result of these events.

The conflict is frightening for our entire community, with its violence and implications of a breakdown of the world order. It is especially traumatizing for our students, faculty, postdocs, staff, and alumni who are either from this region or have loved ones there. We stand firmly with them during these difficult times and offer our support.

It is important to talk and listen to one another at this time. Statements such as this one are a first step in expressing our outrage, condemnation of violence, and solidarity with marginalized, minoritized, and oppressed peoplebut they are just that, a beginning. In our community, true solidarity is integrally tied to accountability and a commitment to stay in conversations about hate in its many forms and in places all over the world.

For those in need of assistance or who wish to learn more about the conflict:

  • The Office of the Chaplain (215-898-8456) provides pastoral support, informal advising, and counseling to students of all faiths in need of care and comfort.

Sending thoughts of peace and comfort to all whom this crisis is touching.

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