September 28, 2015

‘Every Campus a Refuge’ Urges Diya Abdo

The website Jadaliyya has published a column by faculty member Diya Abdo urging every college and university campus to take in a Syrian refugee family.

“What I am suggesting entails a radical reimagining of what a college or university campus can and should be – a physical place of refuge in times of crisis,” wrote Diya, an associate professor of English and chair of the Department of English and Creative Writing.

Her column, “Reimagining the University in a Time of Crisis – Every Campus a Refuge Campaign,” was posted Monday, Sept. 28.

Guilford has pledged to identify and offer appropriate on-campus housing for a refugee family when the need arises from community partners.

“Campuses are organically well-suited for this,” she wrote. “They have housing, cafeterias, clinics and plenty of human resources, expertise and connections to provide financial, material, legal, social and political assistance.”

Jadaliyya is an independent ezine produced by ASI (Arab Studies Institute), the umbrella organization that produces Arab Studies Journal, Tadween Publishing, FAMA and Quilting Point.