The RMIT community is deeply concerned by the shocking and tragic events unfolding in Ukraine. Our thoughts are with all those living in fear and immediate danger, as well as those here in Australia awaiting news from family and friends. Our hearts go out to you and, day by day, we will continue to stand beside you in hope of peace.
Many in our community may feel a sense of helplessness and wonder what they can possibly do.
RMIT is proactively reaching out to staff and students we believe could be impacted, to let them know they are not alone and offering a range of support services, including our Employee Assistance Program for staff and the expertise of our student welfare advisors and RMIT Counsellors for our students.
RMIT has provided links to some of the many brave and compassionate local and international charities working on the ground should anyone in our community wish to donate to support the essential services of those organisations. Some of these include:
Voices of Children – this charity aims to help children affected by the war by providing support through psychologists, video storytelling and art therapy
United Help Ukraine – this helps provide medical supplies and humanitarian aid, as well as raising awareness of the conflict
Red Cross — the International Committee of the Red Cross delivers urgent assistance (food, fuel for heating, medical supplies, and support for housing) to people in Ukraine living close to the line of contact.
Even when not directly impacted by the situation in Ukraine, events like this can cause distress for many reasons. Staff and students who need support are encouraged to reach out.
We are immensely grateful to be part of this country of many cultures and of the RMIT community where everyone has the right to feel safe.
Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.