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There are 7 comments on As Russia’s Attacks on Ukraine Continue, University Extends Efforts to Help BU Students Affected

  1. Disappointed by BU’s lack of statement on the war, still cannot track the words attributed to President Brown (can’t find anything permanent on BU page, and I have not gotten any emails pertaining to this). Glad that BU is supporting all students but I am sure that the parents of those with Russian addresses are not the members of the opposition, and some are likely benefitted from and support the Russian state apparatus. An uncomfortable thought for sure. And the last point on the “sibling nations” – please, this is a delusion. Ukrainians have never been treated as equals but as “younger brothers” who needed guidance and control. At this point, most Ukrainians want nothing to do with Russia, family ties notwithstanding. The horrors of this war (maternity ward bombing, humanitarian corridors attacks, Mariupol siege) have resulted in a complete and utter break of any affinities or “fraternal” feelings there may have been.

    1. Frankly, I’m tired of BU taking on overtly political stances on hot-button issues. There is no reason that the institution as a whole should be weighing in on the Russia-UK issue … this is something that we faculty could do perfectly fine on our own either in a professional setting (if appropriate) or in a personal setting (otherwise).

      I was also suggest that people not make assumptions about our community based on their nationality (e.g., Russian or Ukrainian). Our value as an academic institution is our openness to a wide variety of backgrounds and viewpoints.

      1. By “Russia-UK (??) issue” you mean the unlawful war that Russia unleashed on Ukraine? Many universities have issued public statements and BU’s silence is both surprising and disappointing. By the way, the Russian propaganda machine claims Ukraine is only the first step of a much more ambitious plan (East European nations are most worried, but everyone should).

  2. Thank you very much for this article!
    It’s nice to hear that Ukrainian and Russian students were contacted. I didn’t know how we as a university were supporting our students before reading this article.

    I agree with the anonymous BU student about wishing the University “had been more forceful with an official statement early during the invasion.” I expected President Brown to send a message to the BU community similar to other newsworthy events like the pandemic or protests during the summer of George Floyd’s death.

    Are there plans to expand the scope of support to Eastern European students? Are there plans to facilitate spaces for students to gather beyond the town hall?

    The University’s response to helping students is a little confusing. The links for the University Service Center and student wellbeing office don’t have anything specific about Ukraine. In contrast, MIT’s DoingWell website (doingwell.mit.edu) has a noticeable place for getting help during challenging times and specific email for students to contact (ukrainehelp@mit.edu).

    The Dean of Students office seems to understand the weight of our Ukrainian and Russian students – “nervous,” “distracted,” “upended” finances, worried about housing & bills, class deadlines… Yet the process of accessing support is unclear and assumes that students may not need help. “’if you need to talk us” or “if they need mental health services” The use of “if” could undermine everything previously stated about how dire the situation is. Why not normalize asking for help? Why not encourage students, faculty/staff to reach out as a useful step in maintaining a good mental state?

  3. Exactly! I am also very much disappointed by BU’s lack of statement on the war. As a BU alum (CAS Year 2001) very disappointed my Alma Mater is not taking very hard stance against the invasion, war crimes and genocide of the Ukrainian people!

    Very disheartening, we as the BU alum community and current BU students as well need to send very strong message the the university admin that we expect them to take a stand.
    Ignorance in 1939 resulted in WW2. Lets make sure we are not heading into WW3. We need to stop this war, Putin is a war criminal and I do expect more from my University.

    Slava Ukraini! Slava Geroyam!

  4. As an alum of BU (CAS 2003, physics) I’m very disappointed by the blunt, un-self-critical stance, chosen by the university’s administration and some of the faculty, on this issue.

    You are claiming to “foster a dialogue” and yet the very tone of this publication is explicitly anti-Russian. In this, you are merely parroting the State Department’s position. If you were to truly invite a dialogue, you would allow room for real disagreement, disagreement on the entire premise that this tragic invasion was a matter of “choice” (as per BU President’s own words).

    Perhaps, if you were open to true dialogue, as you claim, you would put on the agenda of this discussion the involvement of the US in creating the very conditions that made this tragic invasion a matter of necessity, as opposed to “choice.” Perhaps, we could explore and discuss the position of non-BU affiliated academics and analysts, such as Prof. Mearsheimer and Scott Ritter.

    You would also put on the agenda a discussion of what it will take from the US to end this tragedy, different to what it is currently doing vis-a-vis Russia and the Ukraine. As per your own concern, the possibility of further escalation, potentially to nuclear war, is something that is a threat to existence of the *entire* world. If we are to actually save this world, we are obligated to allow honest evaluation of this entire situation. Doing *more* of what is being done already might be a recipe for disaster.

    The ability to calmly delve into the position of Russian government and Russian people (80% support this tragic invasion), without naming the other side “orcs” and other such names and both implicitly and explicitly ostracizing them for *unproven* crimes is severely lacking.

    Therefore, I very much doubt that this will be a true dialogue.

  5. Dear All, thank you for your support of Ukraine! We are grateful to Boston University for hosting Ukrainian Festival on August 27th, 2022 at BU Beach from 2PM – 2PM and a VIP Reception in Trustee’s Ballroom from 7PM – 10PM.
    We welcome everyone!
    Info at http://www.SkyPhilanthropy.org

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