Join us for a conversation with Dr. Diya Abdo. Her new book American Refuge: True Stories of the Refugee Experience shares the stories of seven refugees she met as part of Every Campus a Refuge, an organization she founded at Guilford College.
From the publisher: In this intimate and eye-opening book, Diya Abdo – daughter of refugees, U.S. immigrant, English professor, and activist — shares the stories of seven refugees. Coming from around the world, they’re welcomed by Every Campus A Refuge (ECAR), an organization Diya founded to leverage existing resources at colleges to provide temporary shelter to refugee families.
Abdo is the first daughter and granddaughter of Palestinian refugees born in their country of displacement, Jordan. A graduate of Yarmouk University, she earned master’s and doctorate degrees from Drew University. She is a full professor in the English and Creative Writing Department of Guilford College, where she founded the first chapter of ECAR. She is the recipient of several national community engagement awards, including the 2021 J.M.K. Innovation Prize for her work with ECAR.