WorldChicago Statement on the Crisis in Ukraine and Citizen Diplomacy

Over the years, WorldChicago has developed a very strong bond to Ukraine, its people, and to the Ukrainian diaspora. It is estimated that there are over 200,000 Ukrainians in the state of Illinois with approximately 50,000 living in the Chicago area.

WorldChicago has welcomed hundreds of Ukrainian visitors to Chicago under various U.S. Department of State programs, many of which have focused on assisting our visitors to develop and strengthen their fledgling democracy and democratic institutions. Our hearts and minds are with the Ukrainian people at this horrific time in their history. Our thoughts and prayers are with our many Ukrainian alumni and their families.

For the past 70 years, WorldChicago has steadfastly pursued its mission of fostering mutual understanding through creating and supporting dynamic global relationships; connecting Chicagoans with their global counterparts; and building personal and professional bridges to foster opportunities for sustained dialogue, economic prosperity, and goodwill. As the pandemic and conflict in Ukraine have shown, the work of organizations like WorldChicago that focus on citizen diplomacy is critical. Our work helps to ensure that the citizens of all countries are able to build relationships that work towards international understanding and peaceful resolutions, one handshake at a time.

For further information on the crisis in Ukraine, please see the U.S. Department of State page, United with Ukraine. If you are looking for ways to help the Ukrainian people and Ukrainian refugees, The Washington Post has put together a list of charities that you may reference.

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