Addressing the Invasion of Ukraine

February 25, 2022

Dear Members of the George Washington University Community,

Like many of you, over these past several weeks I have monitored with deep concern the growing crisis in Ukraine. Today, we have learned of an unprovoked invasion of Ukraine carried out by Russian military. There are reports of explosions, gunfire, and, tragically, lives lost.

I recognize there are members of our university community who are personally impacted by these events, and our entire community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni may be understandably worried and fearful. The loss and pain associated with war and conflict is profound, and it affects us all.

I want you to know that the university is here to support you. I encourage you to seek university resources, such as those available through the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Community EngagementCounseling and Psychological ServicesAdvocacy & SupportStudent AffairsHuman Resources; or Faculty Affairs. I also want to reiterate that every member of our university community deserves to feel welcome and safe on our campuses.

While we hope for a resolution that avoids further loss of life, please keep those affected in your thoughts. As an institution of higher education, our university must continue the learning, teaching, research, and service our world needs, focusing on those efforts that may aid others in crisis. And as a community, we must always support one another, especially during these difficult times.

Sincerely yours,

Mark S. Wrighton