War in Ukraine
Did you know that Kharkiv, Ukraine is one of Cincinnati's sister cities? Kharkiv is Ukraine's second largest city, and is a major cultural, educational and industrial center. Below are some ways for UC students, faculty, and staff to support Kharkiv and Ukraine during this difficult time.
Ways to Advocate for Peace in Ukraine
- UNICEF supports health, nutrition, HIV prevention, education, safe drinking water, sanitation and protection for children and families caught in the conflict in Ukraine.
- Doctors Without Borders runs a variety of activities in Ukraine to help people travel to health care facilities and access prescribed medications.
- Voices of Children helps provide psychological and psychosocial support to children affected by the armed conflict, according to its website.
- Sunflower of Peace is raising money to prepare first aid medical tactical backpacks for paramedics and doctors on the front lines.
- The International Red Cross aims to help people affected by the conflict and support the work of the Ukrainian Red Cross.
- Save the Children helps to deliver lifesaving aid to vulnerable children in Ukraine and around the world.
- The UN Refugee Agency provides emergency assistance to families in Ukraine — providing aid such as cash assistance and opportunities for resettlement in the U.S.
- 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 International Medical Corps has been delivering primary health care and mental health services in eastern Ukraine since 2014, and is raising funds to expand those services for people affected by the latest conflict.
- Ukrainian Cultural Association of Ohio is looking for book donations and cash donations for their Ukrainian Relief Initiative
- Contact your representative in Congress: You can look contact information for your representative by going to the House of Representatives' website, entering in your ZIP code, click on your representative's page, and look for the "contact" tab. You can also contact your representative by calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.
- Contact your Senator: You can look up contact information for your United States senators by going to the Senate's website, select your state, and look for the "contact" link. You can also contact your representative by calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. It is important to note that each citizen has 2 United States Senators.
- Contact the President: You can contact the President of the United States via the White House's website, or by calling 202-456-1111 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Writing Letters: Reaching out to your elected representatives via their online forms or via the phone can often be quicker than reaching out via a written letter. That said, writing personal messages can still be an effective way to communicate with them. To learn more about letter-writing, reference page 2 of our "How to Contact Your Representatives" guide.
- Social Media: You can quickly ask your legislators questions, respond to their posts or tweets, encourage them to take action on certain issues, and thank them when they do something that you approve of or back. Commenting on legislator's posts or tagging legislators allows a wide variety of people to view your messages, including other legislators. This can spark a dialogue between other legislators, constituents, and/or both, allowing you to see the opinions and viewpoints of others. When using social media, always try to be respectful and never use offensive language.
Stand with Ukraine and the local immigrant community. The following organizations provide opportunities to get involved:
- African Professionals Network (APNET) brings the community together to enhance the African disapora experience through networking, business, professional development, and community engagement.
- Asian Community Alliance educates, inspires, and creates healthy Asian families and communities.
- Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio offers a variety of programs and services for the local immigrant community, including ESOLO classes, immigration legal services, resettlement assistance, language services, and much more.
- Cincinnati Compass is a collaborative project of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, the City of Cincinnati, the University of Cincinnati, and more than 60 community partners, working to make Greater Cincinnati a destination and a home for people from around the globe.
- European American Chamber of Commerce- Greater Cincinnati is a dynamic network of European and American businesses and organizations working together to support the growth of trade and investment between the Cincinnati region and Europe.
- Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce builds bridges to bring Greater Cincinnati and Greater China closer together.
- Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council is the bridge that connects the world to Greater Cincinnati through global education, international exchange, and cultural awareness initiatives.
- Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA promotes the creation, sustainable growth and development of the Hispanic/ Latino business community in the Cincinnati Tri-State area.
- Immigrant & Refugee Law Center offers a variety of programs and services for the local immigrant community, like providing assistance with citizenship applications, asylum claims, DACA applications, and employment authorization.
- Indian American Chamber of Commerce unlocks opportunities for Cincinnati's Indian American community.
- Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center educates and advocates for peace, challenges unjust local, national and global systems, and promotes the creation of a non-violent society.
- Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati is a local place of worship that builds strong interfaith coalitions, cross-cultural understanding, and service to one and all.
- Jewish Federation of Cincinnati catalyzes our community in common purpose-- optimizing community resources, keeping our community safe, and strengthening key organizations in order to build a flourishing, diverse Jewish community for future generations.
- Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati resolves legal problems for the most vulnerable in our community, helping them to achieve greater economic and family stability
- Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati is a coalition of 19 faiths that work together on a few, agreed-upon, local social concerns to make life better for people in metropolitan Cincinnati.
- National Association of Asian American Professionals cultivates and empowers Asian & Pacific Islander leaders through leadership developmente, professional networking, and community service.
- Refuge Collaborative is a UC student organization that addresses the barriers refugee students face after resettlement.
- RefugeeConnect connects refugees with resources to rebuild their lives as United States citizens.
- Santa Maria Community Services is a catalyst and advocate for Cincinnati’s Greater Price Hill families to attain their educational, financial, and health goals
- Su Casa Hispanic Center offers a variety of programs and services for the local Hispanic/ Latino community.
- The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati invests in high-impact, transmofrational initiatives in the Cincinnati Jewish community.
Self-care is a critical aspect of advocacy. Here are some self-care ideas and resources for you to consider while you continue along your advocacy journey:
- Meditation: Meditation can be an easy way to de-stress no matter where you are. There are plenty of free "meditation for beginners" videos online, and there are apps like Calm and Headspace that offer guided meditations.
- Power Posing: Amy Cuddy's TED Talk "Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are" discusses how power-posing can reduce stress.
- Avoid caffine: Caffine can increase levels of anxiety and stress.
- Unplug from social media: Distancing yourself from your electronics and social media can help to reduce stress during difficult times.
- Go for a walk: A 20 minute walk can be a great way to alleviate your stress.
- Start a gratitude journal: Sometimes it is easy to focus on the negative aspects of your life and ignore what is going right. A gratitude journal can help you focus on the positive. What are you grateful for?
- Write a list of compliments to yourself: Sometimes we are our own worst critics. Writing compliments to yourself can be a great way to remind yourself of your positive qualities.
- Listen to music: Do you have a go-to playlist that helps you stay positive? Play it! If not, consider making a playlist that you can listen to when you are feeling down.
- Color or draw: You do not need to be an artist in order to draw or color! Drawing and coloring can help to distract you during stressful moments.
- Surround yourself with nature: Go to a local park to experience nature. Even just a few minutes of experiencing nature can help to calm your nerves.
- Call a friend or a loved one: Chat with with a trusted individual about what is on your mind. That is what friends are for!
- Utilize services provided by Counseling and Psychological Services. CAPS is located at 225 Calhoun Street and is open for telehealth services. Hours are from 8:30AM-5PM Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Hours are 8:30AM-7PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please call 513 556 0648 to schedule an appointment,. You may utilize the 24 Hour Crisis Helpline, also by calling 513 556 0648.
Ukraine Student Panel
On March 22, 2022 the CCE and Refuge UC facilitated the Ukraine Student Panel, featuring students who have been impacted by the war in Ukraine, and other UC students who have immigrated to the United States. Watch this video to learn more about their experiences, how they manage stress during worrisome times, and how you can support war relief efforts/ stand in solidarity with the local immigrant community.