Millions of refugees are escaping violence in search of a safe haven.

Inspired by the Pope’s call on every parish to host one refugee family, guided by her institution’s Quaker tradition, and animated by the Arab-Islamic word for campus (حرم) which means “sanctuary,” Diya Abdo, associate professor of English at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S.A founded Every Campus a Refuge, an initiative which calls on every college and university around the world to host one refugee family on their campus grounds and to assist them in resettlement. Now, more than ever, private colleges and universities can play a pivotal role in housing and resettling refugees.

Thus far, Guilford College has hosted 27 refugees total, 16 of them children between the ages of 10 months and 17 years.  The hosted families have come from Africa and the Middle East, including two Syrian families. Our campus community assisted them in their resettlement in Greensboro and continues to maintain connections with them after their “graduation” from the Every Campus A Refuge Program.

Guilford College is currently hosting on its campus a 5-member family until August 2017.

This compassionate hospitality carries with it an incredible educational opportunity:  the campus, working across its various silos and in collaboration with its local community, welcomed not just families but the “real world” into its proverbial “bubble.”Everybody’s life is transformed in the process.

During this time of deep Islamophobia, xenophobia and racism, there is no better moment for campuses to intervene directly and materially in the discourse around refugees, immigrants and “others” — to transform the narrative from one of fear to fact, hatred to empathy, ignorance to awareness.

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ECAR was founded in 2015 as a response to Pope Francis’ call on every parish to host one refugee family. We are a non-profit entity under the Center for Principled Problem Solving at Guilford College. We provide the best practices on how colleges and universities around the globe can become a refuge by following our process of hosting refugees on campus grounds and assisting them in resettlement. At Guilford College, we temporarily host refugees in a permanent residence dedicated to ECAR.

Guilford College students, faculty, and staff welcome newcomers to Greensboro!


Higher Education Civic Engagement Award given to Guilford College and Every Campus a Refuge

So excited to announce that Every Campus A Refuge and Guilford College have been honored with The Washington Center’s 2017 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award. Many thanks to the amazing people who support ECAR and make it possible, and especially to Program Coordinators Walid Musarsaa and Hali Rose Kohls and the inspiring ECAR volunteers. Please …

Recital for ECAR

Last night ECAR hosted a recital in the Carnegie Room in the Hege Library. The program consisted of songs which spoke about the trials of refugees and immigrants.  Sarah Taylor who is an opera singer and Radha Upton who accompanied Sarah on the piano made the event a great success!  ECAR wants to thank Sarah and …

After Spring Screening

This past Wednesday ECAR hosted a screening and fundraiser in Guilford College’s Dana Auditorium.  The film shown was After Spring, which discussed the growing refugee crisis.  The event was co-sponsored by Guilford College’s Amnesty International Chapter and was a great success!  ECAR wants to thank everyone who attended the event and donated, as well as a …

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