College and university campuses are well-positioned to welcome newcomers and support them in achieving success upon arrival. Campus communities and ecosystems provide access to key services, expertise, and infrastructure, such as housing. Short-term and long-term housing is a critical area of support that presents an opportunity for institutions to support refugee resettlement. This section provides information and examples of how campuses can leverage their housing to welcome refugees and additional support resources to do so.
Learn the basics of refugee resettlement to support newcomers success in the U.S. Please visit this page, to find basic information about refugees and ressetlement.
The AHLAN Manual (ahlan is an Arabic term to express welcome), created and published in 2023 by Every Campus A Refuge (ECAR). This manual is the premier implementation guide for making higher education institutions welcoming to refugees. The guide is sponsored by Welcoming America’s Fund to Foster Belonging and the Refugee Resettlement Initiative of the National Association of System Heads (NASH). More information and the link to download the file is available here.
This certificate engages 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 certificate is presented by Guilford College’s CPPSET in Partnership with Every Campus A Refuge (ECAR) and Opening Universities for Refugees (OUR). More information and registration is available here.
NASH RRI and ECAR’s Training of Trainers – Creating Inclusive Communities Together: Transforming Higher Education Through Refugee Integration
This training-of-trainers aims to prepare higher education leaders to make their campus more inclusive of refugee and displaced community members. The training is hosted in partnership between the National Association of System Head’s (NASH) Refugee Resettlement Initiative (RRI) and Every Campus A Refuge (ECAR). This free, certificate-bearing training has participatory and action-driven modules. More information is available here.
ECAR is a higher-education initiative founded in September 2015 at Guilford College. ECAR mobilizes colleges and universities to host refugees on campus grounds and support them in their integration and resettlement while providing a transformative education to students. The organization provides Best Practices, Trainings, Workshops, Certiticates, Manuals, Handbooks, and other open access resources. Find more information about ECAR and becoming an ECAR Chapter here.
In the face of the U.S. housing crisis, resettlement practitioners must embrace creative solutions to housing newcomers. One such solution involves partnering with institutions of higher education to meet newcomer temporary or long-term housing needs. Access a resource developed by Refugee Housing Solutions (RHS) to “Leveraging College and University Housing for Newcomer Welcoming here”
- School for International Training’s (SIT) and World Learning’s New Vermonter Education Program
- University of Tulsa – Housing (additional information coming soon)
- University of Maryland College Park (additional information coming soon)
- Nevada State College (additional information coming soon)
Every Campus A Refuge (ECAR) mobilizes colleges and universities to host refugees on campus grounds and support them in their integration and resettlement while providing a transformative education to students. ECAR provides connections, resources, expertise, and funding. It helps to identify potential ECAR campuses, connect campuses with local refugee resettlement agencies, build partnerships between them, and develop and implement the program — hosting and curricular/co-curricular — through Best Practices, Trainings/Workshops/Certificates, Manuals, Handbooks, and other open access resources. ECAR has developed FAQs for Resettlement Agencies to better understand the organization, available here. As Contact ECAR here.
Refugee Housing Solutions (RHS) provides technical housing support to resettlement practitioners, landlords and property managers, refugees, and volunteers across the United States and partners with them to develop and implement cohesive strategies to increase the availability and affordability of housing. RHS works collaboratively with resettlement practitioners by engaging key stakeholders as the organization innovates and expands affordable housing solutions across the U.S. Addressing the housing crisis will take multiple solutions, policy changes, and a collaborative effort to increase access to affordable housing. Contact RHS here or and sign up for updates here.