Every Campus A Refuge

Date Published: 
February 6, 2017
  • Monday, February 13, 7:00 PM, Queens University campus, Ketner Auditorium (lower level of Sykes Hall); view the campus map

This workshop will outline the project work of the Every Campus a Refuge initiative, including challenges and lessons learned, and allow attendees to explore adapting this flexible initiative to their campus. 

Dr. Diya Abdo, director of the Every Campus a Refuge initiative, leads the workshop co-sponsored by UNC Charlotte's Center for Holocaust, Genocide, & Human Rights Studies, the Department of Global Studies, and Queens University of Charlotte's Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice.

Dr. Abdo is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Department of English at Guilford College. She is currently working on a book, Arab Women Writers: Creative Negotiations of Contested Spaces.  Her research interests include Arab women writers and Arab and Islamic feminisms.

More about Every Campus a Refuge—"A High-Impact Community of Practice": Inspired by Pope Francis’ call on every European parish to host one refugee family, Guilford College’s Every Campus a Refuge initiative advocates for temporarily housing refugees on campuses and assisting them in resettlement. Thus far, Guilford has hosted and assisted in resettling two Syrian families and a Ugandan and are currently hosting an 11-member family from January 2017 to May 2017.

The program is an inclusive, collaborative, and transformative community of practice with rich asset-based, discipline-based, and place-based educational components. Utilizing the skills of diverse community members and mindfully stewarding campus and community resources, the initiative intervenes directly in the refugee crisis, educates participants about local and global concerns, and engages them in responsible place-based problem-solving that connects them with people from differing backgrounds and perspectives. This “radical hospitality” speaks to the institution’s commitment to compassion and shapes positive public narratives around refugees and immigrants.

For more information, contact Dr. Sarah Griffith at griffiths@queens.edu or Dr. John Cox at jcox73@uncc.edu.