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Certificate Program: Advancing the Role of Community Stakeholders in Refugee Integration

Certificate in Advancing the Role

of Community Stakeholders in Refugee Integration

May 15, 16 and 17 (online)

15 May 9 am-4 pm
16 May 9am-4 pm
17 May  9am- 12 pm 

Presented by Guilford College's CPPSET in Partnership with Every Campus A Refuge (ECAR) and Opening Universities for Refugees (OUR)

This certificate will engage participants in learning about forced displacement and refugee resettlement, and the methods by which community members can support and participate in refugee integration efforts while centering the agency and dignity of refugees as co-designers of those methods. The certificate also seeks to respond in effective, principled, and nimble ways to the current moment in forced migration and our nation's increased capacity for welcome (for example through Welcome Corps, an opportunity for Americans to privately sponsor refugees).

The program will be offered over the course of three days with 15 hours of contact split into five three-hour sessions:

Additional trainings can be customized to your organization’s specific timing and needs based on prior agreement​​.


The certificate will equip participants with the necessary knowledge to:

  • Understand global forced migration, displacement, and resettlement in the U.S. in particular — trends, experiences, impact.
  • Centralize the voice, agency, dignity, and contributions of refugees as new members of our communities.
  • Develop ecosystems of support for refugee integration with refugees as co-teachers and co-creators of these ecosystems.
  • Gain professional development for individuals working in related fields. 
  • Engage in refugee-centered diversity, equity, and inclusion practices and community engagement.

The certificate is open to:

  • Individuals: students, educators, community members ,employees across sectors (private, public, nonprofit, NGOs)
  • Organizations: businesses and corporations, faith-based organizations, nonprofit organizations 
  • Community-based Organizations
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

Topics covered in the training include:

  • Migration: its reasons, causes, and major events: the global and local history/context of forced migration as well as the future of forced migration with the threat of global climate change.
  • Refugee Experience and Refugee Resettlement: the history of refugee resettlement in the U.S., covering salient information about U.S. refugee history and policies.
  • Creating Ecosystems of Refugee Resettlement Support: how to creatively leverage local resources to support refugee resettlement and integration.
  • The Liberatory and Ethical Dimensions of Community Engagement with Refugees: best practices in engaging refugee resettlement in ways that center dignity, agency, and privacy of affected populations as well as the role of refugees as co-teachers and co-creators of these ecosystems of support.

Training Products:

  • Participants will be involved in an interactive project, which attempts to solve or address a specific challenge in refugee experience, hosting, or resettlement by implementing an innovative approach/strategy based on what they have learned during the course.

Previous sessions:

11-12-13 August, 2023 (in-person at Guilford College) 
20-21-22 October, 2023 (online) 

"Fantastic training that exceeded my expectations! Even after working in refugee resettlement field for a while, it's nice to take a step back and look at migration from the big picture view. It's also hard to get re-energized about the work when getting lost in the day to day tasks, so it helped re-kindle my passion for this work (BIG thank you for that!)I also appreciated how interactive the sessions were, the pacing of the modules, and the attention to cognitive load (no cognitive overload here!) I also liked how cohesive the activities and information in the modules were (ex: revisiting reflection questions or building on questions and exercises in previous modules etc.) As a former teacher, I genuinely appreciate all the thought and effort put into the training content, materials, and teaching itself! Last (but not least!), getting connected and collaborating with others doing related work but not in the same fields was wonderful!"

"I found the course very beneficial with the tons of new information, thank you Guilford College for launching this course."

"I want to thank both leaders, Gul and Diya, for the pace of the training, the presentation style (both verbally and slides), the information, how to dive deep, but not get lost, and the topics that were covered. "

Meet the Trainers

Diya Abdo, tilting her head to the right while smiling at the camera
Diya Abdo

Diya Abdo, Ph.D., is the Lincoln Financial Professor of English at Guilford College and a second-generation Palestinian refugee born and raised in Jordan. Diya's teaching, research, and scholarship focus on Arab women writers and Arab and Islamic feminisms. Her publications include American Refuge: True Stories of the Refugee Experience. In 2015, Abdo founded Every Campus A Refuge (ECAR), which advocates for housing refugee families on college and university campus grounds and supporting them in their resettlement. The flagship chapter at Guilford College, now one of several ECAR campuses, has hosted over 86 refugees thus far. Diya is the recipient of the J.M. Kaplan Fund’s Innovation Prize (2021), Campus Compact’s Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award (2019), Gulf South Summit’s Outstanding Service-Learning Collaboration in Higher Education Award (2017), and the Washington Center’s Civic Engagement in Higher Education Award (2017). In 2018, she was named a finalist in the Arab Hope Makers Award. She has been making presentations about ECAR far and wide, including the White House and the U.N. Headquarters in New York.

Gül Inanç, smiling at the camera while holding her chin in her left hand.
​​Gül Inanç

​​Gül Inanç, Ph.D., is a diplomatic historian of modern West Asia and a visiting scholar at Guilford College. She has published several books and articles on modern Turkish diplomacy and cultural heritage education for peace. She is the founder of the global initiative of Opening Universities for Refugees and the co-founder of Centre for Asia Pacific Refugee Studies (CAPRS) at University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her recent publications include Access to Higher Education: Refugee Stories from Malaysia (co-authored), Routledge, 2018, and Forced Displacement and NGOs in Asia Pacific (co-ed), Routledge, 2022. She received the Koh Boon Kwee Scholars Award in August 2016 for inspirational teaching at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, where she was affiliated between 2012-22. Gül has recently co-led the task force with UNHCR to change the language of Social Impact Rankings of Times Higher Education. She is based in Savannah, GA. 

Program FAQ

Costs And Financial Aid

The cost for the Certificate in Advancing the Role of Community Stakeholders in Refugee Integration is $1250 for businesses and corporations and $1000 for students and individuals. This fee covers all training materials as well. For the May 2023 Certificate, the Center for Principled Problem Solving and Excellence in Teaching (CPPSET) is generously offering a limited number of $700 subsidies for anyone interested in participating. Please use the code CPPSET at checkout to receive this subsidy. The subsidies are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Organizations and businesses interested in doing org-wide trainings can also reach out to us about a separate rate. We can work with you to develop a customized program that meets the needs of your organization and fits within your budget.

We understand that financial considerations may impact your ability to participate in this program, especially for students and nonprofit stakeholders. Therefore, we encourage you to contact us to inquire about financial aid/discounts. We can discuss the financial possibilities and make offers according to your budget. Please note that financial aid is subject to availability, and we may not be able to accommodate all requests. However, we are committed to making this program accessible to as many individuals and organizations as possible. To learn more about financial aid and discounts, please contact us at We are happy to answer any questions you may have and help you determine the best options for your situation.

About Guilford College's CPPSET and ECAR, and the OUR Initiative

About CPPSET: Founded in 1837, Guilford is a Quaker liberal arts college instilling in its students innovative and principled problem-solving skills, experiences and global perspectives to enable them to create positive change in the world. Guilford's CPPSET has two main missions: promoting Principled Problem Solving (PPS) to help individuals and organizations find solutions to complex problems based on values, and housing the Excellence in Teaching (ET) initiative that supports faculty and educational development through research and innovative programs.

About ECAR: ECAR mobilizes partnerships between colleges and universities and local resettlement agencies to provide newcomers with free temporary housing on campus as well as community support. The program provides a softer landing and more dignified beginning for newcomers and enhances the educational, research, and service missions of colleges and universities. The flagship campus at Guilford College has hosted over 90 refugees since its inception in 2015.

About OUR: OUR is a global educational initiative, which was founded in Singapore in 2015 to bring together institutions which offer, or are willing to offer, higher education courses and/or diploma and certificate programs to the displaced peoples. It organises participant led and action oriented workshops called the 3C Forum –Cs standing for Collaborate, Create and Change. The idea behind is to offer a platform to bring refugee communities together with organizations, institutions and people who have resources, expertise, influence and a willingness to deliver higher education opportunities in protracted refugee situations. Since 2015 delivered 7 forums engaging more than 450 attendees to understand the HE needs of refugees & brought leading partners together in Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Iraq and UK to offer change.