AHLAN Manual

Created and published by the organization Every Campus A Refuge based in Greensboro, North Carolina, and sponsored by Welcoming America’s Fund to Foster Belonging, the AHLAN Manual is the premier implementation guide for making higher education institutions welcoming to refugees.

Named “Ahlan,” which is a term used to express welcome in Arabic, this manual provides guidance for establishing resettlement campuses: colleges or universities that mobilize resources to provide refugee newcomers with resettlement and integration support, all while deepening local community ties, and educating the public about refugee issues.

AHLAN is grounded in comprehensive research, best practices, and strategies used by colleges and universities to support refugee inclusion and is intended for a broad audience of students, staff, faculty, administrators, trustees, or anyone involved in postsecondary education. With materials and toolkits ranging from advocacy to planning to assessment to collaboration, AHLAN is designed to adapt to the unique assets and hyperlocal needs of each campus. Additionally, AHLAN prepares campuses to collaborate closely with neighboring communities, fostering resettlement ecosystems that encourage a deep sense of belonging for refugees on and off campus.

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Education, Refugees