NC Scholar Wins National Faculty Award!

September 25, 2019

Diya Abdo, Associate Professor of English at Guilford College, is the recipient of the 2019 Thomas Erhlich Award for Civically Engaged Faculty. This national award recognizes exemplary engaged scholarship, particularly when that work involves collaboration with communities, institutional impact, and high-quality academic work. Dr. Abdo is the first North Carolina scholar to receive this award. 

Dr. Diya Abdo is a first-generation Palestinian who was born and raised in Jordan. Her work has focused on Arab and Islamic feminisms with a particular interest in Arab women writers. Abdo has been a leader in harnessing the power of higher education for the public good; In 2015, Abdo founded the Every Campus A Refuge (ECAR) initiative, which advocates for housing refugee families on campuses, based on the idea that colleges and universities have all the resources necessary–housing, food, care, skill-building–to take in refugees and support them as they begin their lives in their new homes.

Announced the same day, The Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty recipient is Cristina Santamaría Graff, Assistant Professor of Urban Teacher Education at IUPUI. Both awards are presented by Campus Compact and the Swearer Center at Brown University.  The recipients will be honored at the Impact Awards Celebration during the Compact20 Conference in Seattle, WA in March 2020. 

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