Carnegie Mellon University
February 25, 2022

The Unfolding Crisis in Ukraine

Dear Members of the CMU Community,

We are watching with mounting anguish and horror as an unprecedented assault on democracy, peace, and freedom unfolds in Europe.
The Carnegie Mellon community stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, and with the CMU students, faculty, staff and alumni who have loved ones in, or close ties to, that region. We join institutions and leaders around the world in condemning these recent acts of unprovoked aggression by an authoritarian government, which are in direct contrast to basic human decency and the values of a peaceful society. We will continue to hope for a swift resolution to this heartbreaking crisis, and to the senseless human suffering and inevitable destruction it is causing.
The university is actively reaching out to impacted CMU students and other community members from the affected area to offer assistance and support. And we are also joining partners across higher education in advocating for proactive measures to assist all international students from Ukraine who are studying in the United States and may not be able to return home safely. 
I urge all Tartans to offer support and compassion to one another at a time when many are finding it difficult to process these tragic and historic events. In addition to our broad network of advisors and support staff, Counseling and Psychological Services is a valuable resource for students and the Employee Assistance Program is available for faculty and staff.

These are indeed trying times, but even in moments of darkness, I am hopeful that our shared humanity can illuminate a path to peace.


Farnam Jahanian
Henry L. Hillman President’s Chair