[3/31/17]  Students at the University of Maryland are expressing interest in hosting refugees in campus housing, joining a list of nearly 50 other schools working with the group “Every Campus a Refuge.”

Every Campus a Refuge was started in 2015 at Guilford College, which currently hosts 16 refugees, and advocates using university resources to resettle refugees, including unused student housing and translation and career services.

“During this time of deep Islamophobia, xenophobia, and racism, there is no better moment for campuses to intervene directly and materially in the discourse around refugees, immigrants and ‘others,’” reads the ECAR website.

Nearly 50 universities have expressed interest in working with the group, including Duke University, Georgetown University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Yale University, and Princeton University.

In terms of safety, ECAR insists that the refugees are “carefully and rigorously vetted before they are admitted to the U.S.”

According to The Diamondback, UMD is getting in on the action thanks to the work of a freshman student who was “looking for ways to help online.”

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