Southern Adventist University’s School of Education and Psychology hosted two distinguished delegates from Ukraine this spring. The campus welcomed Valeriia Palii, Ph.D., president of the National Psychological Association of Ukraine, and Olena Vladovska, chief operating officer of Angelia Medical Center, a Ukrainian Seventh-day Adventist clinic dedicated to providing support for youth and families affected by the devastation in their country. The two women spoke with students about serving their nation on the frontlines of war.
Vladovska explained how the Angelia Medical Center uses a holistic, person- oriented approach to medical treatment that helps individuals physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually. She explained that Russian forces have destroyed more than 1,100 clinics and hospitals, but Angelia has remained operational. The center provides humanitarian aid by sending mobile field clinics to refugee camps.
“What helps us to do this work?” asked Vladovska. “It’s understanding, it’s faith in God, and it’s our unity. United, we can help others.”
“I enjoyed hearing the speakers share their personal experiences of how life and the practice of medicine have changed since the invasion of Ukraine,” said Maddie Chant, senior psychology major. “I was moved by their passion for using their careers to make a positive impact on their people, even amid war.”
Vladovska praised Southern for the strong Seventh-day Adventist roots she witnessed on campus.
“Observing the students, you can tell what is taught at Southern,” said Vladovska. “I do what I do in Ukraine because of my Seventh-day Adventist beliefs, and here at Southern, it feels as if one can almost touch the history of Adventist ministry.”
Southern Adventist University | April 2023