PLS Statement on Ukraine War

March 29, 2022

Dear PLS Students,

We oppose the Russian government's invasion of Ukraine, a sovereign country with a democratically elected government. The devastation of war is heartbreaking.  While we are physically removed from the violence, observing Ukrainians valiantly fight for their lives, their democracy, and their land is nevertheless taking an emotional toll—particularly for Ukrainian members of our community as well as those who have personal connections to the conflict.

We will be holding space next week for our students, staff, and faculty who wish to have a conversation to process the ongoing conflict.

  • If you or someone close to you has personally experienced conflict and/or displacement (in the context of this war or a different one) join us on:

Monday, April 4, from 5pm-6pm.

Passcode: UKR 

  • If you do not have personal experience of conflict and/or displacement join us on:

 Tuesday, April 5, from 5pm-6pm.

Passcode: UKR

Resources for our students, faculty, staff, and community members: 

 For members of our community affected by this war: 


For members of our community who wish to learn more: 

 With care,

 PLS Climate, Inclusion, and Diversity Committee

Ana Bracic, Eric Juenke, Eric Chang, Heather Wilson, and Antonia Gordon

Corwin D. Smidt

Associate Professor and Interim Chair