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UM extends support following earthquakes in Turkey and Syria

February 8, 2023 — 

The devastating earthquakes in Turkey and neighbouring Syria have resulted in the loss of thousands of lives, innumerable injuries and the displacement of families and communities. The extent of the damage and the number of lives lost may not be fully known for some time. 

Many University of Manitoba students, faculty, staff and alumni have family and friends in Turkey and Syria and are understandably worried and concerned. We want you to know that we are here for you, and that we support you during this tragic time.

  • If you are a student and are feeling stress or anxiety, there are many student supports in place to help you, including self-care tips. Regardless of your level of need, you are encouraged to access the wide range of supports available to you.
  • 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. Visit the Spiritual Services website to learn more about the resources they provide.
    • The Spiritual Care and Multi-Faith Centre is also offering a Spaces for Solidarity event for students impacted by the earthquake in Turkey and Syria on Thursday, February 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in the Multi-Faith Centre, room 521A/B, UMSU University Centre.
  • If your upcoming academic course work is affected because you are directly impacted by the earthquake, please reach out to your instructor right away to discuss options that are available. If you encounter any issues with regard to your courses, you can also seek advice from Student Advocacy
  • If you are directly impacted by the earthquake and would like to discuss academic requests, such as deferrals or extensions, please contact your instructor or an advisor in your faculty as soon as possible. 
  • The Financial Aid & Awards Office offers an array of supports for students, including theUM Foodbank located on the 5th floor of UMSU University Centre, open Monday through Friday (9-4 pm), and an Emergency Bursary program for those who need support for living expenses. If you would like to speak with someone on the Financial Aid & Awards team, visit room 422 UMSU University Centre or call 204-474-8197.
  • The International Student Advisors at the International Centre  are available for support. To connect with an ISA, please contact or 204-474-8501.
  • Faculty and staff are reminded that UM work, wellness and crisis supports are available, such as the Employee Family Assistance Program, which includes support networks and resources. Managers who need support can contact their HR consultant. See employee wellness on UM Intranet for details.

We are here to help you navigate this devastating and tragic event. Our prayers are with the people of Turkey and Syria, as well as with those who are from these countries who live, work and study in Manitoba.


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