Dr. Diya Abdo believes private colleges and universities can play a pivotal role in housing and resettling refugees. That is why Dr. Abdo, chair of the English and Creative Writing Department at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, began “Every Campus a Refuge,” an initiative which calls on colleges and universities around the world to assist in resettlement by hosting one refugee family on campus. Her inspiration for the effort comes from a combination of sources: her own personal story, the Pope's call on every church parish to host one refugee family, Guilford College’s Quaker tradition, and the Arab-Islamic word for campus which means "sanctuary.” Dr. Abdo will share her experiences in helping people #FindSanctuary.
The talk is part of the Chapel's spring semester Finding Sanctuary speaker series. In collaboration with the Penny Pilgram George Women’s Leadership Initiative, Interfaith Engagement at Duke Chapel is inviting four dynamic women to campus this spring. These women will reflect publicly on the ways in which their lives and work meet at the intersections of faith-based advocacy and social justice. Their public talks will explore ways each has embodied risk-taking, perseverance, and reflection in order to enact change for the common good.