Ukrainian Studies Endowment

Provides support for language instruction and Ukrainian culture courses in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures within the College of Arts and Sciences. Created to raise funds to support Ukrainian Studies course at the University of Washington.

What is it? (Українська версія)

Ukrainian Studies at UW aims to promote knowledge about the culture, politics, history, economy, and resources of Ukraine, and the achievements of its diaspora. This initiative provides financial and institutional support for Ukrainian programs at the University of Washington, including courses, lectures, and events such as commemorations of the Holodomor and concerts by Ukrainian performers. 

Why is it important?

Ukraine’s highly educated population, natural resources, size and location make it an important country both regionally and globally. Ukraine began its independence as the world’s third largest nuclear power, but relinquished that capacity. Much of Ukraine’s military-industrial technology has been converted to peaceful uses, but the country now faces war and incursions onto its territory from the Russian Federation. As Ukrainians strive to protect their country’s sovereignty, they are also working to fight corruption and to build a just and democratic society. Scientific, commercial, and artistic innovations are booming despite political and economic challenges. Ukraine is the fourth largest exporter of IT products and services in the world, and Ukrainians are responsible for creating PayPal, WhatsApp, Grammarly, PetCube and many other globally popular technologies. The Pacific Northwest has welcomed thousands of Ukrainian immigrants during the last decades.

The time is right to support Ukrainian Studies at the Northwest’s leading center for the study of the Slavic countries and their neighbors. The goal is the education of Americans about Ukraine and its place in the world, and the facilitation of academic, political, commercial, and cultural contacts between the United States and Ukraine.

How can I help to make it happen?

The best way to start would be to make a donation of any size to the Ukrainian Endowment or the Friends of Ukrainian Studies Fund (you can do so using the form below).  

Contributions to the Ukrainian Endowment Fund and Friends of Ukrainian Studies Fund, which will be managed by the University of Washington Foundation, are tax deductible. Pursuant to RCW 19.09 the University of Washington Foundation is registered as a charitable organization with the Secretary of State, State of Washington. For information, call the Office of the Secretary of State, 1-800-332-4483.

Whom should I contact for further information?

Please get in touch with Prof. James West at the University of Washington, who can be reached at 206-543-4829 (jdwest@u.washington.edu). The telephone number for the University of Washington’s Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures is 206-543-6848.

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