UPDATED February 10, 2023, 6:42 p.m.
A message of support from Barry Gerhart, interim vice provost and dean, International Division, following the earthquake in Syria and Turkey.
UW–Madison is a global community and we also know that many of our students, faculty, staff and alumni have personal connections to the region — some call it home or have family, friends, and colleagues there. Our deepest sympathies go to all those who are directly or indirectly affected.
We are devastated to learn of the deadly earthquake in Turkey and Syria. We know that such news can impact your well-being and coursework, and you may be trying to connect with your friends and family back home right now.
Please know that we have several offices and organizations with resources you may need during this time. We encourage you to seek any resource that you need, when you need it.
- International Student Services (ISS) supports students with advising on immigration, personal, financial, and cultural matters. We also offer to support students outside of the classroom.
- University Health Services (UHS) supports all students with health and wellness resources.
- Counseling staff at UHS are available to talk with students impacted by recent events or other personal concerns. You can make an appointment online or by calling (608) 265-5600.
- UHS’s Let’s Talk sessions offer drop-in appointments with counselors, and you do not need to make an appointment ahead of time. There are virtual sessions for international students, offered every Friday morning, that can be scheduled online.
- The crisis support line is also available 24/7, 365 days a year at (608) 265-5600 (option 9).
- Dean of Students Office (DoSO) connects students who are navigating personal, academic, or health issues, to supportive campus and community resources. Their goal is to inform, consult, and refer.
- Reflection & Prayer Spaces are available across campus.
- The Madison Association of Turkish Students (MATS) is here to support our Turkish community. They are actively seeking to assist Turkish relief efforts by collecting in-kind donations requested by the Turkish Embassy. If you are looking for ways to get involved, please contact MATS.
We understand that this may be an incredibly difficult time for many of you. Please know your campus community is ready to offer support. We wish you, your families, and friends all the best as you navigate this crisis.
Director of International Student Services