LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 1, 2022) — This week, the University of Kentucky Cornerstone building will be lit in blue and yellow, the colors of Ukraine’s national flag, in a symbol of solidarity and support for the nation during the current unfolding events.
In addition to the Cornerstone, other buildings across campus will also be lit blue through Tuesday, March 8.
“We stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and those in our community who are being impacted by the horror of what is being perpetrated in Eastern Europe, which includes members of our student body, faculty, staff and health care workers” said UK President Eli Capilouto. “We are a university and the root meaning of the word refers to being a community of teachers and scholars. At our core, we always believe dialogue and discussion lead to better, more sustainable answers than violence. We will do our part by pointing people to resources where they can provide support to Ukrainians during a time of so much need, while we continue as members of a global community to push for peace.”
For those looking for ways to donate or support the citizens of Ukraine, a list of resources can be found here: go.uky.edu/supportukraine.
The UK Counseling Center housed in the Office for Student Success, is dedicated to providing students with a number of resources to address their mental health and well-being needs on campus. Students needing to talk about current events can find a full list of UK’s wellness resources here.
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