Join our voices for peace and justice in Ukraine

Dear UD Community,

Today provided a vivid and timely reminder of the essential purpose and mission of the University of Delaware in our modern world. In response to Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine, students, faculty, staff and other members of our UD community have demonstrated the educational and democratic values ​​that form the core of our institution by coming together to learn and denounce this war and its devastating impact. I am extremely proud that so many of our community have come together to connect our voices to the global outcry for peace and justice.

This is exactly what our University exists for: sharing knowledge and ideas, expressing diverse perspectives, collaborating to achieve a common vision for a better world. As a pioneer and leader in global education, UD is deeply committed to a strong commitment to advancing free speech, scholarly research, and civil discourse. Indeed, these democratic ideals are directly threatened when a nation’s sovereign rights are threatened, and we must continue to speak out loud and clear to uphold them.

At this afternoon’s rally on The Green, organized by our Ukrainian and Russian students, many protesters spoke of family members and friends who had to flee the violence or who may still be in danger, which makes this conflict very personal for the UD community.

My wife, Eleni, and I were moved by the heartfelt expressions of support for the innocent victims of this war. We applaud the students and community members who have raised their voices in defense of freedom and truth. Around the world, rallies like this – organized and attended by those who value democracy – loudly condemn these atrocious acts of aggression against an independent nation.

Additionally, a panel discussion presented today by several UD faculty members was extremely informative and helpful in understanding the historical, political, and cultural facets of the conflict. Equally impressive were the pointed and thoughtful questions posed by our students and other community members in the audience. We are so fortunate that UD has experts with in-depth and relevant knowledge of such important topics and who can shed light on world events in disturbing times like these.

The University has also spoken out through the Association of Public Universities and Land Grants, of which UD is a member. We support the statement of the APLU which “strongly condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its continued disinformation campaign to justify its attack on a free, independent and democratic nation”.

This is undoubtedly a stressful time for many in our community, especially those whose family and friends may be at risk in Ukraine, Russia or other parts of the world. Know that UD has resources to help you; more information is below.

At the University of Delaware, we will continue to express our unwavering faith in the power of global education and the free exchange of ideas in furthering the cause of world peace.


Denis Assanis

IF YOU NEED HELP: UD’s Center for Global Programs and Services offers assistance to our international students and scholars who need support and resources at this time. The Student Counseling and Development Center also offers resources for any UD student looking for support and can be reached by calling (302) 831-2141 or 24 hours a day at (302) 831 -1001.

Elna M. Lemons