McGill initiatives to support Ukraine

March 17, 2022  — 
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Updated: March 17, 2022 

An estimated three million Ukrainian refugees have crossed into neighbouring countries in recent weeks, and more than 6,100 Ukrainians have already arrived in Canada. Within Ukraine, there are an estimated 2 million displaced people, and millions are without adequate water, electricity, and other necessities. 

Many people in the McGill community are leading initiatives to bring support to people in Ukraine and new refugees. Upcoming and ongoing efforts include: 

  • On Thursday, March 17, Students for Peace and Disarmament is hosting a discussion of “humanitarian perspectives and the role of civil society and student activism in times of conflict and in taking action to stand with and support peace in Ukraine. 
  • McGill’s the School of Religious Studies is organizing a used book sale, with all proceeds going to humanitarian relief in Ukraine, via CNEWA. $1 paperbacks, $2 hardcovers. Wednesday, March 23, noon to 4 p.m. in the Birks Building foyer (3520 rue University). For more information, contact Dr. Brian Butcher, brian.butcher@mcgill.ca  
  • Benefit concert for Ukrainian refugees in support of Médecins Sans Frontières: On Sunday, April 3, guest conductor maestra Veronique Lussier will lead I Medici di McGill Orchestra, including pianist and medical student Emily Oulousian (MDCM Class of 2024), in Grieg’s Piano Concerto. A Médecins Sans Frontières staff member on the ground in Ukraine will provide a 15-min presentation. The event will start with singing of the Ukrainian National anthem and three Ukrainian folks songs performed by Trio Rossa. 
  • Many local groups are organizing efforts to bring relief to Ukraine. MORSL (McGill Office of Religious and Spiritual Life) is maintaining a list of some of the volunteer opportunities currently available at Montreal organizations. If there is an opportunity or effort you’d like MORSL to add to its page, please send the information to morsl@mcgill.ca. 
  • The McGill Ukrainian Students’ Association (MUSA) is a SSMU cultural club that aims at bringing together all Ukrainian students at McGill. Follow them on Facebook to learn about volunteer and donation opportunities. 
  • Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies has created a webform for departments wishing to admit new Ukrainian Graduate Students or Graduate Research Trainees. File reviews and funding approvals will be prioritized. 

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