College to host “open hour” amid Russo-Ukrainian conflict

By Adri Pray, Editor-at-large

Emerson will host a “virtual open hour for conversation and support” in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine for community members. 

The open hour, announced via a community-wide email from Vice President and Dean of Campus Life Jim Hoppe, will take place between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 28 and will be moderated by Chaplain and Director for Spiritual Life Julie Avis Rogers and Director of International Student Services Andrea Popa.

“We know many members of our community are impacted by the situation unfolding in Eastern Europe, specifically the ongoing attacks within Ukraine,” Hoppe wrote. “Some in our community are directly impacted as they manage concerns for family and loved ones in the region, while for others this conflict may surface past traumas.”

The email comes after the internationally announced invasion of Russia into Ukraine, an entry signified by the early morning bombing of the country on Feb. 24.

The college stated that it stands with students affected by the conflict and joins others around the world in its concern for the welfare and safety of those in affected and surrounding countries.

Hoppe also listed resources for students including Counseling and Psychological Services, the Office of International Student Affairs and the Social Justice Center, among others. He also linked Care Out Loud, a student support resource created by the Student Care and Support office.