Crisis in Ukraine: Support for Employees, Plus ‘UC Davis LIVE’

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  • Support group meetings to be held in person and online
  • “UC Davis LIVE” with faculty experts, noon Wednesday
  • Student option: Student Health and Counseling Services

UC Davis has arranged support group meetings for employees impacted by the crisis in Ukraine, while at the same time calling on faculty experts to help explain the crisis to the public, by way of a UC Davis LIVE program this week.

Support for employees

The Academic and Staff Assistance Program, or ASAP, which offers services on the Davis and Sacramento campuses, is collaborating with the UC Davis Health Chaplaincy and the Support U Peer Responders to offer supportive group spaces for people to talk about how the crisis is affecting them; share or learn coping strategies; and identify ways to respond that are positive, practical and effective.


Two in-person meetings and two Zoom drop-in groups are scheduled this week and next for members of the campus community.

In-person meetings:

  • Tuesday, March 8
  • Thursday, March 10

Both sessions will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in are Room 1001 of the North Addition Office Building on the Sacramento campus. Due to COVID-19 safety guidelines, participation in the on-site meetings will be limited to the first 60 attendees/registrants.

Register by sending an email to Michelle Linenberger.

Zoom drop-in support groups:

  • Wednesday, March 9 — 3-4 p.m.
  • Monday, March 14 — 8-9 a.m.

Register by contacting ASAP’s Talithia Allen by email or phone, 916-734-2727, and she will provide the Zoom link for the meeting(s) you wish to attend.

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The Russian invasion of Ukraine represents a return of warfare to Europe on a scale not seen since the 1940s. What has motivated President Putin to take this action, and why now? What is the historical context for the relationship between Russia and Ukraine? What roles do media play in the conflict?

Hear from the following experts on the livestream noon Wednesday (March 9):

  • Josephine Andrews, associate professor of political science. She studies executive power, executive structures and how they affect government and democracy in central and eastern European countries.
  • Ian Campbell, associate professor of history. He studies the relationship between non-Russian subjects and territories and the imperial core of pre-revolutionary Russia.
  • Jenny Kaminer, associate professor, Department of German and Russian. She is an interdisciplinary scholar of Russian culture whose publications have encompassed a broad range of historical epochs, from the 19th century to the present day, as well as genres and media including drama, prose, film and television.

The conversation, hosted by Soterios Johnson, will be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube.  

Questions can be submitted via Facebook and Twitter either in advance or during the show.

Media Resources

Dateline Staff: Dave Jones, editor, 530-752-6556,; Cody Kitaura, News and Media Relations specialist, 530-752-1932,

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