Showing strong support for Ukraine
While the Science Tower continues to be lit up in the colours of the Ukraine flag, students and the university are doing all they can to provide help to people in Ukraine.
Many students have a personal connection to this country. And so our Student Assembly has put in place a whole range of short-term measures, with students and university staff working side by side.
Students and staff of SRH University Heidelberg are deeply moved by the fate of the Ukrainian people, and show solidarity with them. Above all, however, they are also taking practical action for people fleeing Ukraine. Our psychology student Laura is particularly concerned: she was born in Ukraine. “Every morning, we first make sure that our relatives are still alive,” Laura stated. Together with many other students from various faculties, the Student Assembly is putting together a whole package of initial emergency measures and is asking all students and staff for their support:
- Accommodation for refugees: The Soul Support project run by the School of Applied Psychology, in which students offer psychological support and guidance, is calling for people to offer refugees a place to sleep. So far, 20 people have kindly offered beds for this eventuality. Whether accommodation can also be offered in our dormitory on campus is currently being determined. You too can offer a bed (for a few nights or for a longer period) by signing up for our your_soulsupport student project via Instagram, by e-mail to Soulsupport.Projekt.HSHD@srh.de or by going to https://elinor.network/gastfreundschaft-ukraine/ In addition, students from the university are collecting donations to help cover the cost of having displaced persons stay at their homes.
- Transport options: The university management bears the costs of transporting refugees from Berlin to Heidelberg
- Psychological support: Offers are currently being organised in the School of Therapeutic Sciences and the School of Applied Psychology. In acute cases, support is also initially provided by the Outpatient Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy of Heidelberg Academy for Psychotherapy.
- Translators (Ukrainian and Russian): The university pays for translation costs incurred by activities initiated by members of SRH University Heidelberg involving aid to Ukraine.
- Flea market on 10 March 2022, 13:00-16:00 on the Plaza: Office supplies for study use, textiles such as hoodies and T-shirts: We are having a sort out! The proceeds will be donated to the Ukraine support effort.
- Donations in kind and cash: Many organisations are already active in this field. Our donations go to different organisations like Caritas, where one of our Social Work graduates is employed.
In an additional in-house fund-raising campaign of SRH Holding, SRH Higher Education and the SRH Universities of Applied Sciences, student donations to "Aktion Deutschland Hilft" pledged by 9 March will be generously rounded up.
Donations in kind such as candles, batteries, warm blankets or sleeping bags, medical or hygiene items, non-perishable food or camping supplies are being collected in SRH Tower, coordinated by our students. Individual employees are helping to transport the donations in kind to Caritas and other organisations.
Opening hours for dropping off donations in kind at Ludwig-Guttmann-Str. 6, Room arc006 in the basement:
- 7 March 2022 | 09:00-13:00
- 8 March 2022 | 09:00-16:00
- 9 March 2022 | 12:00-17:00
- 10 March 2022 | 12:00-17:00
- 14 March 2022 | 13:00-16:00
- 15 March 2022 | 09:00-13:00
- 16 March 2022 | 09:00-17:00
- 17 March 2022 | 09:00-17:00
We are proud of our students and staff who are committed to helping people in Ukraine with so much dedication. Together as a big team, we can achieve a lot with our combined efforts!
stated Professor Dr. Carsten Diener, President of SRH University Heidelberg, commenting on this unparalleled campaign. “It is not so much about making a political statement,” added Laura, a member of the Student Assembly of SRH University Heidelberg. “It is a matter of life and death for many innocent people who have had to leave their homes and flee the country.”