Santa Ono issues statement on Russia and Ukraine

Thursday February 24, 2022

A message from Santa Ono, President and Vice-Chancellor

On behalf of the University of British Columbia, I am deeply concerned about Russia’s attacks on Ukraine and its impact on many of our university community members. These attacks are unwarranted, unprovoked, and unacceptable.

We join Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and B.C. Premier John Horgan in deploring this illegal and unjust war, and echo the international community’s calls for de-escalation and an immediate resolution to the conflict.

We recognize that students, faculty, and staff may be affected by the conflict. I want to reassure you that we are doing all we can to provide required supports during this evolving situation.

International students in need of support are encouraged to contact International Student Advising at or 604-822-5021. UBC Okanagan students can contact International Programs & Services at or 250-807-8585. Staff at  Student Health Services are also available to help, as are multilingual counselors available 24/7 through the UBC Student Assistance Program.

Additional supports available for students are also outlined below:

UBC Vancouver

UBC Okanagan

Details of supports for faculty and staff can be found here.

Please know that the UBC community is here to support you. If you see friends who are struggling, encourage them to seek support. If you need support, please reach out to us.

Take extra care,

Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor