Every Campus a Refuge

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A group of professors and volunteers gather at Guilford College to make signs supporting ECAR.

Every Campus a Refuge (ECAR) was founded by Diya Abdo, who is an Associate Professor of English at Guilford College, in September 2015.[1][2][3][4] The program is housed in Guilford College's Center for Principled Problem Solving.[5] ECAR was inspired by Pope Francis' call on every parish to take in refugees and animated by Guilford's history and Quaker testimonies.[6][7][8][9][10] Every Campus a Refuge is based on the idea that university and college campuses have everything necessary to host refugees like housing, food, care, and skills to support them as they begin their lives in their new homes.[6][11][12] Like the Pope's call on every parish to host one refugee family, ECAR calls on every college and university in the world to partner with their local refugee resettlement agencies to house refugees on campus grounds and assist them in resettlement.[6][7][13] ECAR also shares its best practices with campuses interested in joining the initiative.[5] Through ECAR, Guilford College has partnered with the Greensboro office of Church World Service (CWS) - a refugee resettlement agency – in 2015.[10]

Present activities[edit]

Since January 2016, Guilford has hosted 42 refugees (clients of CWS) in campus houses and apartments; 23 of them have been children between the ages of 10 months and 17 years.[12] The already-hosted refugees include two Syrian families that have successfully settled in Greensboro.[14] The campus just completed hosting an 11-member family from Africa and is currently hosting a 5-member family.[15][14] In fall 2017, the ECAR 16 credit minor pilots at Guilford College.[16][17] The ECAR minor will include two mandatory classes, which are two credits each.[16] These courses will allow students to receive training from refugee resettlement agencies and volunteer for 40 hours with recently resettled families.[16] Also, students participate in 10–15 hours of Skype conversations with Syrian refugees and study topics related to forced displacement and immigration.[16] Along with the two required classes, students will also choose one course on causes of forced displacement, one on voices and perspectives of immigrants and refugees, and one on community organizing and advocacy.[16]

Guilford College has dedicated a campus house to ECAR; the program will host a refugee family, which arrive through CWS, every semester.[11][9]

Program[edit]

Under this program, each refugee family is temporarily housed on campus grounds until they can resettle successfully in Greensboro.[6][18] They are provided with free housing, utilities, Wi-Fi, use of college facilities and resources, and a large community of support in the form of the college campus and its friends.[19][20] The daily work of hosting and assisting in resettlement is assigned by CWS, managed and overseen by the CWS case manager, and the ECAR program coordinator, and carried out by over a 100 Guilford community volunteers who are trained and background checked by CWS.[12] These volunteers include Guilford students, alumni, faculty, administrators and staff; their spouses; faculty, student, and staff from nearby Bennett College; also local faith communities. New Arrivals Institute also trains the volunteers to provide ESL instruction to the hosted refugees.[12]

Volunteers utilize their skills towards the common goal of supporting refugees and receive an experiential education on pressing global and local issues. Thus ECAR provides a place-based educational experience for its volunteers.[21] ECAR is now spreading to campuses large and small that are similarly partnering with their local refugee resettlement agencies to host refugees, including Wake Forest University, Agnes Scott College, Rollins College, and Lafayette College, among others.[22][23][24] Princeton University, Brandeis University, Georgetown University, and the University of Maryland are also moving to become ECAR campuses.[20][25][26][27]

Recognition[edit]

The initiative has been recognized at the White House in the Sixth Annual President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge Gathering.[28][5] It has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered, in The Washington Post, and the former State Department's Toolkit on how universities can help refugees.[29][17] Every Campus a Refuge recently won the Gulf South Summit's 2017 Outstanding Service-Learning Collaboration in Higher Education Award, as well as the Washington Center's Civic Engagement in Higher Education Award for 2017.[30][31][32][5] Guilford College and Every Campus A Refuge were invited to participate in the United Nation's Together Campaign and its Summit held on January 9, 2018. Along with 9 other colleges and universities (from the U.S., the U.K., Brazil, Cyprus, Germany, and China), Guilford College signed the UN Together Campaign Action Charter pledging active support for refugees and migrants' safety and dignity.</ref>[33][34][35]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Redden, Elizabeth. "'Every Campus a Refuge,' but Can Refugees Come?" Inside Higher Ed, 15 Feb. 2017.
  2. ^ Stasio, Frank, and Katy Barron. "Making Every Campus a Refuge." The State of Things. WUNC, 13 December 2016.
  3. ^ "In Bid To Welcome Refugees, Campaign Hopes To Make 'Every Campus a Refuge'" All Things Considered. NPR, 26 Nov. 2015.
  4. ^ Itkowitz, Colby. "What if every U.S. college campus offered to house a Syrian refugee family?" The Washington Post, 20 November 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d Abdo, Diya. "Every Campus a Refuge: Turning Colleges Into Homes for Syrian Refugees" Arab America. May 3, 2017
  6. ^ a b c d "Our Opinion: The Quaker way." News & Record, 22 Oct. 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Should You Be Arrested For Cursing. Professor Diya Abdo Wants Syrian Refugees To Stay On College Campuses. Councilman Carl Stokes. BPD Case Files." The C4 Show. WBAL, 24 Nov. 2015.
  8. ^ Henkel, Clayton. "Diya Abdo of Guilford College discusses the initiative 'Every Campus a Refuge' – an initiative to get college and university campuses to host refugee families." NC Policy Watch. N.p., 30 June 2017.
  9. ^ a b Newsom, John. "Q&A with Diya Abdo, founder of Every Campus a Refuge at Guilford College." News & Record, 22 May 2016.
  10. ^ a b Husband, Katie. "Guilford College Ready to Help Syrian Refugees." Spectrum News. N.p., 15 Oct. 2015.
  11. ^ a b MCDONALD , KENT. "Q&A with professor Diya Abdo about Syrian refugee crisis." The Daily Tar Heel, 4 Oct. 2015.
  12. ^ a b c d Stasio, Frank, and Katy Barron. "Making Every Campus a Refuge." The State of Things. WUNC, 13 Dec. 2016.
  13. ^ Redden, Elizabeth. "The Refugee Crisis and Higher Ed." Inside Higher Ed, 25 Sept. 2015.
  14. ^ a b Sayed, Deonna. "Refugee Resettlement: Greensboro as the Global Gate City ." Yes! Weekly 1 Feb. 2017: 16-19. Print.
  15. ^ Beroset, Frances. "Hosting refugees: Visiting professor gives talk on how universities can help families resettle" The Chronicle 2017. Duke Student Publishing Company
  16. ^ a b c d e Redden, Elizabeth. "'Every Campus a Refuge,' but Can Refugees Come?" Inside Higher Ed, 15 Feb. 2017.
  17. ^ a b Williamson, Finn. "Campus refugee program spreads, adds a minor." The Guilfordian, 16 Apr. 2017.
  18. ^ Biemiller, Lawrence . "The Week." The Chronicle of Higher Education, 29 Nov. 2015.
  19. ^ Henkel, Clayton. "Diya Abdo of Guilford College discusses the initiative 'Every Campus a Refuge' – an initiative to get college and university campuses to host refugee families." NC Policy Watch . N.p., 30 June 2017.
  20. ^ a b Itkowitz, Colby. "What if every U.S. college campus offered to house a Syrian refugee family?" The Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2015.
  21. ^ Newsom, John. "Q&A with Diya Abdo, founder of Every Campus a Refuge at Guilford College." News & Record, 22 May 2016.
  22. ^ Humphreys, Rob. "Rollins Welcomes First Refugee Family." Rollins 360. Rollins University, 20 Sept. 2016.
  23. ^ Hatch, Nathan. "A message from President Hatch." Inside WFU. Wake Forest University, 1 Dec. 2016.
  24. ^ Every Campus a Refuge. "List of Schools Interested in ECAR"
  25. ^ Spitalniak, Laura. "A UMD student wants to make the campus a home for refugees." The Diamondback. The University of Maryland, n.d.
  26. ^ "List of Schools Interested in ECAR". Every Campus a Refuge
  27. ^ Benedict, Catherine. "Princeton Advocates for Justice deliver petition opposing Trump's new executive order." The Daily Princetonian, 27 Mar. 2017.
  28. ^ "Every Campus a Refuge Recognized at White House Event." Guilford College, 26 Sept. 2016.
  29. ^ "In Bid To Welcome Refugees, Campaign Hopes To Make 'Every Campus a Refuge'" All Things Considered. NPR, 26 Nov. 2015.
  30. ^ "ECAR and Diya Abdo Honored with Award by Gulf South Summit ." Guilford College, 6 Jan. 2017.
  31. ^ Kniffin, Lori. "NORTH CAROLINA SHINES AT THE 2017 GULF-SOUTH SUMMIT." Community and Friends . University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 8 May 2017.
  32. ^ "Gulf South Summit." 2017 Award Winners . N.p., 2017.
  33. ^ Scaffidi, Elizabeth."At UN, universities spotlight hands-on approach to integrating refugees" UN News Centre, 10 January. 2018.
  34. ^ "DMU launches involvement in UN's Together campaign in New York" DMU Website, 9 January. 2018.
  35. ^ "United Nations Together" Every Campus A Refuge Website, 10 January. 2018.

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