Judith Herb College of Education

“United with Ukraine” Student Rally Support – JHCOE faculty to speak

United with Ukraine

Date: Thursday, March 3
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Thompson Student Union Auditorium

Free “United with Ukraine” T-shirts will be given out to first 200 students.

The Toledo Helps Ukraine rally starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium. Attendees, who are encouraged to make signs, will then march to the Law Center.



Svetlana Beltyukova, PhD, is a Professor in Research and Measurement at the Judith Herb College of Education. Her passion and expertise are in the development of meaningful assessments and measurement of perceptions. Some of her most prominent projects include development of a measure of passenger experience for Boeing Commercial Airplanes and development of measures of perceptions of NATO in Asia-Pacific countries and perceptions of EU in Israel and Ukraine.



My name is Alona Matchenko and I am a business owner, a resident of northwest Ohio, a student at the University of Toledo College of Law, and a native of Ukraine. I am married to Jesse Smith and we have a four year old daughter named Jasmine. My husband and I own a residential care business in Perrysburg.


I earned a bachelors in education and two masters degrees in Ukraine and was a primary school teacher in Kyiv for six years before coming to the United States in 2016, fleeing the revolution in Ukraine. I am a 2L at the College of Law with a desire to work in government.


Currently my entire extended family including Mother, Step father and two minor siblings remain under fire in Ukraine. I will continue to actively engage with the Toledo community to build support and aid for Ukraine.



Professor Natalia Chaban focuses her interdisciplinary research on political and media discourses, image and perceptions studies within the EU and IR contexts, and public diplomacy and political communication. She is a twice awarded Jean Monnet Chair, President of Ukrainian Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand, co-editor of the peer-reviewed “Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies” and leader of a number of transnational research projects supported by the European Commission and NATO.



My name is Tetyana Fedorova-McGowan, I was born and raised in Lviv, Ukraine. I moved to the US in 2008. I am married to Brandon McGowan and we have two beautiful children, Valentine, 10 and Petra, 7. Currently I am Vascular Sonography student at Owens Community College.


In Ukraine I received bachelor’s and master’s degree in Apllied Linguistic and shortly after graduation I moved to USA. My parents and grandparents still live in Ukraine. Before the pandemic my family and I traveled to Ukraine. It was our first time going all together. It

was one of the best experiences for my husband, kids and of course me.


Russian aggression against Ukraine is very heartbreaking. We are here far away from home and our families feeling hopeless, but we are doing our best to spread the word, build support and aid Ukraine


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