Board Statement on the Community Impact Regarding Russia and Ukraine

The Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors is deeply concerned and troubled about Russia’s military attacks in Ukraine, the impact on the country’s citizens, international stability, and the impact this war has on our college university community members. AUCCCD stands in support of those adversely impacted by these events and our thoughts are with those who have connections to the region.  While our thoughts are obviously with the citizens of Ukraine, we must also recognize that there are many Russian civilians that stand against this conflict who are being adversely impacted by their government’s actions. 

It is also important to recognize how this conflict, while thousands of miles away from most of us, impacts our community.  Many of us have students with ties to the area, or are from the impacted areas but studying at our institutions. 

For those that would like to support Ukraine, here is a list taken from NPR of resources of support.  Donations can be made through the links to their websites or social media pages.


UNICEF supports health, nutrition, HIV prevention, education, safe drinking water, sanitation and protection for children and families caught in the conflict in Ukraine.  "Heavy weapons fire along the line of contact has already damaged critical water infrastructure and education facilities in recent days," said UNICEF Executive Director Catherine M. Russell in a statement.

  • Médecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders

MSF runs a range of activities in Ukraine working with local volunteers, organizations, health care professionals and authorities to help people travel to health care facilities and access prescribed medications.

  • Voices of Children

The Ukrainian organization's Charitable Foundation helps provide psychological and psychosocial support to children affected by the armed conflict, according to its website.  Voices of Children's efforts of support for kids include art therapy, video storytelling, providing mobile psychologists and even individual help for families.

  • Sunflower of Peace

The nonprofit organization is raising money to prepare first aid medical tactical backpacks for paramedics and doctors on the front lines. Each backpack is designed for groups of 5 to ten people and includes an array of first aid supplies — such as bandages, anti-hemorrhagic medicine and medical instruments, according to the organization's Facebook page.

  • International Committee of the Red Cross

This Switzerland-based organization is aiming to help people affected by the conflict and support the work of the Ukrainian Red Cross.

  • Save the Children

Save the Children, based in London, helps to deliver lifesaving aid to vulnerable children in Ukraine and around the world. According to its website, the organization says it is on the ground in the U.S. and other parts of the world "delivering essential humanitarian aid."

  • UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)

The international organization aims to provide emergency assistance to families in Ukraine — providing aid such as cash assistance and opportunities for resettlement in the U.S.

  • CARE

CARE is raising money for its Ukraine Crisis Fund, which will provide immediate aid including food, water, hygiene kits, support services and direct cash assistance. The humanitarian organization aims to raise $20 million and help at least 4 million Ukrainians. It says it will prioritize women and girls, families and the elderly.

  • International Medical Corps

The global nonprofit has been delivering primary health care and mental health services in eastern Ukraine since 2014.

We hope that the conditions in Ukraine improve quickly.


The AUCCCD Board

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