Ambrose events focus on refugees, social justice

St. Ambrose University’s Rogalski Center in Davenport is hosting two special events this month.

The founder of Every Campus a Refuge (ECAR), Dr. Diya Abdo, is visiting Thursday, Feb. 22 (7 to 9 p.m.), to speak in the Rogalski ballroom, 518 W. Locust St.

Dr. Diya Abdo, English professor at Guilford College in North Carolina, is founder of Every Campus a Refuge. St. Ambrose is its first chapter in Iowa.
Dr. Diya Abdo, English professor at Guilford College in North Carolina, is founder of Every Campus a Refuge. St. Ambrose is its first chapter in Iowa.

She will present a lecture and discussion about what we all can do to be more inclusive of refugees as a community. St. Ambrose University was the first university in Iowa to join ECAR and is currently hosting a refugee family from Congo to provide them support as they adjust to life in the U.S., according to a Monday SAU release.

The keynote is titled “American Refuge: The Refugee Experience and the Power of Radical Hospitality.” The event is free and open to the public, and being hosted in partnership with World Relief Quad Cities and Tapestry Farms.

Every Campus A Refuge (ECAR) is a higher-education initiative founded in 2015 at Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C. Abdo believes in a radical reimagination of higher education and campus life. ECAR has furthered its mission to partner every U.S. higher education institution with local refugee resettlement agencies as co-sponsors to host refugees on campus and now has 16 chapters across the country, the Ambrose release says.

On Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m., Rogalski Center will host a special screening of “With This Light,” a documentary about Sister Maria Rosa Leggol of Honduras.

“With This Light” is a documentary about Sister Maria Rosa Leggol of Honduras (1926-2020), who has been called the Mother Teresa of Honduras.
“With This Light” is a documentary about Sister Maria Rosa Leggol of Honduras (1926-2020), who has been called the Mother Teresa of Honduras.

Over the course of 70 years, she helped over 87,000 Honduran children escape poverty and violence through an ecosystem of social, educational and entrepreneurial projects, inspiring an international network of supporters, the SAU release said.

The film follows two young women in Sister’s programs as they try to navigate the uncertainty and dangers of modern Honduras. The Feb. 27 screening is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to provide a donation to support the nine members of the St. Ambrose community going to Honduras this spring break to serve with Global Brigades.

“One of our core values at St. Ambrose University is service. Sister Maria Rosa Leggol exemplifies this value and many others through her selfless and compassionate mission to help children escape the dangers of poverty and violence,” the university release says. “The Campus Ministry department and Institute for Person-Centered Care at St. Ambrose are pleased to present this documentary screening to inspire our next generation of helpers through the story of Sister Maria Rosa.”

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