ASW was chosen to be a host location for a meeting between US Vice President Kamala Harris, who was visiting Poland, and representatives of Ukraine refugees that took place on Thursday, March 10, 2022. Our campus was a preferred location because of our efforts, longstanding partnership with the Embassy, and excellent security and COVID mitigation protocols.
Before a roundtable discussion with Ukrainian refugees behind the closed doors, Vice President Harris addressed the press:
This afternoon I have invited and asked these very important people to join me for a conversation about their experiences and also their thoughts about what we can do — the United States and our allies in this region and around the world — to support the many people that have been displaced through the necessity to flee Ukraine and the harm that it represents at this moment. And so, I want to thank each of you for your willingness, your courage, and your time to have this important conversation.
The latest numbers I’ve received tell me that there are 1.4 million people, at least, that have fled Ukraine just in the last couple of weeks.
I just met with President Duda of Poland to talk about the commitment the United States has, partnering with Poland and our other Allies, to support the individuals and families that have had to flee Ukraine.
Her speech ended on a positive, heartwarming note:
We are here to support you, and you are not alone. And I know there’s so much about the experience that you’ve had that has made you feel alone. You are not alone. We, around the world, are watching. People around the world are expressing their support and asking how they can help.
During her stay at ASW, the Vice President met with a representative group of ASW faculty members and students.