Office of the President

May 7, 2021

Caring for our community through the COVID crisis in India

Ana Mari Cauce

Resources

Coronavirus information for F1 & J1 students

Accessing mental health care (Seattle campus students)

Counseling services (UW Tacoma students)

Counseling services (UW Bothell students)

UW CareLink (PEBB benefits eligible employees, their dependents and household members)

The Center for International Relations & Cultural Leadership Exchange (CIRCLE)

Office of Student Financial Aid to explore emergency aid options

Academic Advising

UW COVID-19 Vaccines to access vaccines including campus vaccination pop-ups 

Here in Washington, many of us are beginning to feel a sense of relief as vaccinations become widely available and turning the corner on the COVID-19 pandemic is within our reach. But for many of our faculty, staff and students – especially those with ties to India – this is a frightening and tragic time as that nation grapples with an ongoing and escalating COVID crisis. To our community members from India, as well as those who have friends, colleagues and loved ones there, know that I and the members of the UW community are thinking of you and your community.

India is home to nearly a thousand current UW students – one of the largest concentrations of international students at our University – and as India faces the rapid rise in new COVID cases and fatalities, we recognize that this will be an especially stressful time for our Indian students. For anyone looking for ways to support relief efforts in India, the UW Combined Fund Drive has put together a list of organizations that are working to address this humanitarian crisis.

Additionally, if you are a student, faculty or staff member currently living in India, I want to reassure you that the University will have vaccines available throughout summer and fall, so if you aren’t able to be vaccinated in India, a vaccine will be available to you through UW Medicine or other area providers here in Washington. International students will also find updates on coronavirus information through our International Student Services

Above all, remember that wherever you are and whatever your situation, you are not alone, and we are here for you today and in the weeks and months ahead. I ask everyone in our UW family to be mindful of how the crisis in India may be affecting our friends, classmates and colleagues. A tragedy of this magnitude can affect us in different and sometimes unexpected ways, so please don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need it. In the sidebar, you’ll find a list of resources to support you. I know that, as always, our community will be there for one another through this difficult time.