Events in Afghanistan; Resources for the Mason Community

Rose Pascarell, Vice President, University Life George Mason University. Photo by: Ron Aira/Creative Services/George Mason University

Dear Patriots,

We write with continuing concern about the humanitarian crisis that has emerged in Afghanistan, and the impact on members of our community –particularly our Afghan students, faculty, and staff, those with family and friends in Afghanistan, and members of the military and diplomatic services.

Over the coming days, as events continue to unfold, the situation in Afghanistan will become clearer and we will learn more about how we can best help members of our university community and others who might be settling in our region.

Please know that our university is a caring community of concerned individuals and there are resources that can offer help and provide support during this difficult and challenging time.

We understand that members of our Mason community may experience a range of emotions and we want to remind you of resources available at our university. For students, professional support is offered through Counseling and Psychological Services, the Student Support and Advocacy Center, the Office of International Programs and Services, and the Office of Military Services. Contact information and additional University Life resources can be identified and accessed through

In addition, Mason’s Military, Veterans & Families Initiative (MVFI) in collaboration with the Office of Military Services will host a virtual forum from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. this Friday, Aug 20. Email for additional information and the meeting link.

Faculty and staff resources also are available through the Employee Assistance Program, which can be accessed through your employer-sponsored health insurance. Details can be found on the benefits website at

During traumatic times of intensity, stress or worry, it is important to seek support. Please do not wait or hesitate to seek services that can assist you.


Mark R. Ginsberg, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice President

Rose Pascarell
Vice President for University Life

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