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Russian Invasion of Ukraine

SCU Updates and Communications

March 7, 2022

Santa Clara University welcomes students from both Ukraine and Russia to our community and we are deeply saddened by the Russian invasion of Ukraine that has already altered our world and will continue to impact our community in unforeseen ways.  This page curates updates, communication, actions you can take to support the people of Ukraine, and also support resources for all those impacted throughout our community.  

At this time, Santa Clara University does not have any programs in Ukraine or Russia. We do not have students studying abroad in Ukraine or Russia, nor do we have faculty or staff currently researching or working in those countries. However, we do have Ukrainian and Russian students, faculty and staff, and others with long connections to the area. 

We continue to be in communication with SCU students studying abroad in Europe and their families, as well as with our European partners and will share updates, when available.

We have reached out to our international students from Ukraine and Russia and will continue to provide support and updates.

Susan Popko
Associate Provost for International Programs

Updates and Communications

Ukraine designated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS)  March 3, 2022. This means that Ukrainians inside the U.S. may qualify for an extension of their visa.

SCU Ukrainian student and Jesuit, Vitaliy OIsmolovskyy, profiled in America Magazine March 1, 2022

Associate Provost Popko and Vice President Benders Respond to the Russian Invasion of Ukraine February 24, 2022

Communication to SCU Students Currently Studying Abroad in Europe February 24, 2022 

Actions You Can Take to Support the People of Ukraine

Presidents' Alliance - Ukrainian Students & Scholars: Policy & Campus Resources March 8, 2022

Washington Post Here's how Americans can donate to help people in Ukraine February 27, 2022

NPR Want to support the people in Ukraine? Here's how you can help February 25, 2022

Association for Slavic, East European & Eurasian Studies Resources to Help Displaced Scholars From Ukraine

Support Resources for our Community

We remind community members that support services are available including:

Campus Ministry

Staff are available for a drop-in conversation from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and can be reached at 408-554-4372 and

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Located at Cowell Center, CAPS is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and is reachable at 408-554-4501. Crisis (drop-in) hours are available daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. **All students are reminded that a counselor from CAPS is available for after-hours crisis calls through Campus Safety Services at (408) 554-4441.

Office of Student Life

The Office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and can be reached at 408-554-4583.

For faculty and staff, information about the Employee Assistance Program is available from Human Resources at 408-554-4392.

Statements from the Global Higher Education Community

Presidents' Alliance - Group of Over 500 College and University Presidents Applaud the Administration for Swift Designation of TPS for Ukraine March 4, 2022

AIEA Ukraine Statement March 1, 2022

EAIE Standing in solidarity with Ukraine February 25, 2022

NAFSA Stands with Ukraine February 25, 2022

IIE Statement on the War in Ukraine (n.d.)

American Councils for International Education - Statement on the Events in Ukraine February 24, 2022

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) declares its support for its partners in Ukraine February 24, 2022