Supports for students and employees impacted by the invasion of Ukraine
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SUPPORT FOR Students
Deferrals or extensions
If you would like to discuss academic accommodations, such as deferrals or extensions, please contact your instructor or an advisor in your faculty as soon as possible. The team at the Virtual Advising Help Centre is also available to help and welcomes inquiries via chat, online submissions and scheduled video meeting appointments.
English language support
Orientation session for new Ukrainian students seeking English language support
Ukrainian students who are new to UM and are seeking English language support can register to attend an orientation session held by UM's English Language Centre on Zoom. The session is open to students and their families. To register, please email email@example.com.
Wednesday, June 15, 2022
6 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. CST
There are a number of financial aid and support options available to students in need of emergency financial support. If you have questions about the financial support the university can offer you at this time, please connect directly with Jane Lastra, Associate Registrar and Director, Financial Aid and Awards. This includes emergency bursary support, the student foodbank, Canadian government student loans, etc.
UM Emergency Bursaries
The University of Manitoba emergency bursary program provides short-term assistance to students who experience unexpected and immediate financial expenses or constraints. This includes, but is not limited to, unanticipated personal living costs, unexpected delays in government loans and other award funding.
UMSU Hardship Fund
The UMSU Hardship Fund is a financial assistance program run through the University of Manitoba Students’ Union. This fund was established to aid UMSU members who have exhausted all other resources and options available to them. Students can use this funding for needs such as grocery and rent assistance, small medical costs, school supplies and textbooks, childcare and other day to day essential costs.
The Hardship Fund cannot be used to pay student tuition or purchase technology like laptops or cell phones.
All applications are kept strictly confidential. Once a student submits their fund application, the UMSU Vice-President Student Life will review the information provided and be in contact within 2-3 business days.
Find services, resources and information for UM students impacted by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
Student Counselling Centre
The Student Counselling Centre is offering a new service called Single Session Therapy which allows students to connect for a one-time counselling session quickly and efficiently. They will continue to offer intake appointments for ongoing counselling.
Services are confidential and free for UM students. Please call 204-474-8592 to set up an appointment, or visit the Student Counselling Centre website for more information on the services they provide, as well as links to additional crisis resources. You can also follow them on Instagram to find out about other workshops and services they offer.
Spiritual Care offers several services including spiritual care providers, chaplains and Elders who are ready to meet with any student who would like to connect one-on-one. Among their team is Fr. Roman, who is both a dean and acting principal at St. Andrew’s College and also the Ukrainian Orthodox chaplain. Visit the Spiritual Care website to learn more about the resources they provide.
International Student Advisors
The International Student Advisors (ISA) at the International Centre (IC) are available for support. To be connected with an ISA, please contact the IC’s receptionist at firstname.lastname@example.org or 204-474-8501.
If you encounter any issues with regard to your courses or upcoming course work, you can seek advice from Student Advocacy. They can be reached at 204-474-7423 or email@example.com.
Support for Prospective students
The University of Manitoba offers many opportunities for undergraduate international students from high school or transferring from other post-secondary institutions to study. Students who had their studies impacted by the war in Ukraine are encouraged to contact the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss their personal situation and opportunities available for studying at the UM.
All application fees will be waived for undergraduate and graduate students from Ukraine who are applying to UM for Fall 2022.
The university has also committed to providing the following funding for students:
- Up to ten, 4-month long research experience internships at up to $7,000 ea.,
- Up to ten, 2-term awards of up to $36,000 each for tuition and compulsory fees, books and supplies, and optional accommodation in residence/meal plan for international students who are Ukrainian citizens admitted to UM and registered as full-time students for Fall 2022-2023. (Wrap-around supports* provided, with UM Emergency Bursaries available for eligible living expenses if not staying in residence).
* Wrap-around supports include: academic advising, peer-to-peer matching program, career planning and related supports, work-study placement, academic learning centre programs and one-to-one tutoring, off-campus housing support if required.
Interested undergraduate students should apply to the University of Manitoba Undergraduate Bursary for Displaced Ukrainian Citizens by filling out this form (PDF).
- Up to ten, 4-month long research experience internships at up to $7,500 ea.
- Up to ten, 1-year stipends of up to $25,000 each for graduate students
- Researchers will cover the stipend from their research grants for the remainder duration of the program of the students
Prospective graduate students from Ukraine who have missed the application deadline should contact graduate admissions at email@example.com.
Support for Incoming academics and scholars
In addition to joining Scholars at Risk, UM has provided for Ukrainian scholars:
- Twenty 1-year academic stipends for research and/or teaching at up to $50,000 each. The total support for 20 scholars equates to at least $1.0M, of which $500,000 has been provided by central administration.
- All stipends have been committed.
University of Manitoba Emergency Bursaries fund
We are asking our UM community – our alumni and friends – to support the University of Manitoba Emergency Bursaries fund if they are able.
Manitoba 4 Ukraine
The Manitoba government will continue to work together with Ukrainian, community and non-profit organizations and business as we address this evolving humanitarian crisis.
Pro Bono Initiative
Lawyers practicing in the CBA Immigration Law Section are providing services, without charge, to individuals impacted by the crisis in Ukraine.
Ukrainian Canadian Congress Provincial Council (UCC-MPC)
For the latest information about local advocacy, volunteer and humanitarian efforts in support of Ukraine, visit the UCC-MPC website.
University of Manitoba Ukrainian Students' Association
UMUSA represents Ukrainian-Canadian students in Manitoba, and promotes the culture through education of past and present issues, while celebrating our current community.
Government of Canada
This site includes information for students, visa and fees related to the Canadian Government, as well as a pop-up live connection to a global affairs officer.
April 2 - Graduate Nurse Students’ Association (GNSA) Bonspiel
The GNSA is hosting a curling bonspiel in April in support of Ukraine. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal.
April 3 - Youth Stand with Ukraine SUSK Initiative Virtual Pysanka Workshop
Join UM Ukrainian Students’ Association Sunday, April 3, at 12 p.m. at a Virtual Pysanka Workshop to raise funds for the Canada-Ukraine Foundation. Participation fee is $25 or $10 if you have your own supplies but still want to support Ukraine. Fill out the Google Form to register.
Support for Staff and faculty
Employee and Family Assistance Program
Employees have access to mental health professionals, wellness counselling and even legal advice 24/7, 365 days a year through the confidential program.
Our HR Consultants are well-seasoned professionals who stive to offer the best service to all of their clients. Consultants work at both campuses and look forward to collaborating with colleagues.
UM offers tangible ways to support your health and well-being, with workplace initiatives and services. Our mental health strategy is inclusive of all members of our community, we strive to create a caring, supportive, responsive and safe community.
UM response to current sanctions
UM currently has no agreements in place under which any payments are being made to vendors or third parties in Russia.
Upon review, we have confirmed that no endowment funds were invested in Russian companies.
UM has reviewed all activities and is no longer associated with any transfer of funds to Russia. UM has divested the part of our pension program (0.03 per cent) that was invested in Russian companies.
UM academic and affiliated programs
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