United Nations Together

Guilford College and Every Campus a Refuge were recommended by the United Nation’s Department of Public Information to join in the United Nations Together Campaign.  The United Nations Together Campaign Summit, held on January 9th, 2018 at the UN Headquarters in New York City and led by De Montfort University (DMU), focused on how colleges and universities around the world can take action to aid in the global refugee crisis.  De Montfort invited Guilford College and Every Campus A Refuge to participate in the Summit.  Dr. Diya Abdo spoke on the first panel alongside representatives from UNICEF, UNHCR, IOM, Humboldt University in Germany, and University of Science and Technology in China. The Summit culminated in the 10 invited universities (from the U.S., Brazil, Cyprus, U.K., Germany, and China) signing the UN Together Campaign Action Charter to pledge their active support for the safety and dignity of refugees and migrants.


College and university partners pose together for a picture at the British Consulate General in New York for the pre-summit invitational.

Dr. Diya Abdo, ECAR Founder and Director, and Hali Rose Kohls, Guilford College ECAR Program Coordinator, chat just before Diya’s keynote.


Dr. Abdo speaks at the Summit.

Dr. Abdo addresses a question from Michelle Harris, ECAR volunteer and researcher for ECAR impact study, regarding the role ECAR plays in hosting families with most need including many children.

Dr. Abdo signs the UN Together Campaign Action Charter

ECAR’s Hali Rose Kohls discusses how the ECAR minor can be a great way to curricularize the program and allow universities unable to host refugees to do more in supporting local area resettlement agencies.

#JoinTogether was shared far and wide on many social media outlets.

Every Campus a Refuge supporters, volunteers, faculty, staff, and board members joined at the event and tabled at the 2-day ECAR exhibit at the UN.

The ECAR delegation sitting together at the Summit.

كل حرم جامعي ملجأ…جامعة أميركية تفتح أبوابها لاستضافة اللاجئين

"ذهبنا لاستقبال أسرة سورية بالمطار، فانهمرت دموع الأم. فسألتها لماذا تبكين؟ قالت من الفرحة. لم أكن أدري من سيستقبلنا أو إلى أين سنذهب."UNHCR, the UN Refugee AgencyEvery Campus A RefugeGuilford Collegehttp://www.unmultimedia.org/arabic/radio/archives/271174/#.WlZCJK5Ktph

Posted by ‎UN News Arabic – أخبار الأمم المتحدة‎ on Wednesday, January 10, 2018


Dr. Abdo’s interview with UN News Arabic after the Summit.

Why Every Campus Should Shelter Refugees

When Pope Francis called on every parish to host refugees, here is what Diya Abdo, the daughter Palestine refugees and founder of Every Campus A Refuge did. Watch full interview here: http://bit.ly/2xe4pJ3

Posted by IOM USA on Wednesday, October 4, 2017


Dr. Abdo’s interview with IOM (International Organization for Migration, the UN Migration Agency) in October, 2017.