I am profoundly saddened to confirm that two former UBC students are among those reportedly killed in the Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 tragedy in Iran.
Details of this incident are still developing, but the names of Zeynab Asadi Lari and Mohammadhossein Asadi Lari appear on the flight manifest.
Zeynab enrolled at UBC in 2016 in the BSc program, with a biology major. Mohammadhossein graduated in 2018 with a BSc in cellular, anatomical and physiological sciences with honours standing.
On behalf of the UBC community, I wish to express my deepest condolences to their family, friends and loved ones.
This is a challenging time for UBC’s Iranian students, faculty and staff and we understand developments internationally and domestically in Iran are a cause of deep concern for them.
Our International Student Advisors work closely with international students who are experiencing difficult circumstances, regardless of what those circumstances might be and where they are from. We will continue to ensure our Iranian students have the supports they need.
Details of supports available for students can be found here:
Details of supports for faculty and staff on campus can be found at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/wellbeing-benefits/benefits/details/employee-family-assistance-program/
Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor