Every Campus A Refuge (ECAR) Launches Mapping Tool
Every Campus A Refuge (ECAR) launched a new map tool that allows users to visualize higher education support for refugee resettlement across the country. The Partnerships for Establishing Resettlement Campuses (PERC) Map Tool shows potential partnerships between local resettlement agencies, colleges and universities, refugee service providers, and advocacy organizations to facilitate the development of local ecosystems for refugee resettlement support as well as the creation of ECAR Chapters (campuses hosting refugees on campus grounds under the ECAR model).
“The PERC map will help those interested in establishing ECAR in their community by allowing campuses to identify their local refugee resettlement agencies and vice versa. It will give folks a birds-eye view of the local resources that can be mobilized to welcome new arrivals,” said Dr. Diya Abdo, Founder and Director of ECAR. “We are excited about this map’s contribution to reshaping the refugee resettlement landscape in the US.”
Universities and colleges as well as refugee resettlement organizations, service providers, and advocacy groups can utilize the map tool to find and forage partnerships. The map also shows a vision of the U.S. higher education community vastly expanding spaces and opportunities to welcome newcomers.
If your organization is not on the PERC map, please fill out this brief form so it can be added: https://forms.gle/C6L4KdFW4KAg2H6fA
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 66 refugees thus far and is currently hosting 15 Afghan evacuees. To learn more about ECAR visit their website at http://everycampusarefuge.net