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Training Overview

The NASH-ECAR training-of-trainers program seeks to prepare higher education leaders to consider making their institution a Resettlement Campus, i.e. one that mobilizes its resources to host refugees and forcibly displaced persons on campus grounds, while also engaging in related and transformative curricular and co-curricular efforts. 

This national, certificate bearing training program is designed and run by Every Campus A Refuge (ECAR), with the support of the NASH RRI. This eight-hour training – offered hybrid, virtually or on-site – has these goals:

  • Enriching your knowledge on forced migration and refugee resettlement;
  • Empowering you to see the possibilities for your institution in refugee resettlement and integration support, and related transformative curricular and co-curricular programming; and
  • Equipping you with the tools to create a campus welcoming for refugees and forcibly displaced persons.
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*Training for Kentucky Institutions, hosted at Western Kentucky University

Certification Levels

Trainees are eligible for several levels of certification:

For Individuals– any individual member of an institution of higher education (faculty, student, staff, etc.) can receive individual certification. Individuals are eligible for:


Certificate of Attendance
Silver Certification
Gold Certification
Platinum Certification


For Institutions – Institutions can be certified as Silver, Gold, or Platinum Institutions. A key criteria is to have an executive-level administrator (i.e., the President, Chancellor, or someone with authority to make decisions on behalf of the institution) designate at least one institutional representative to participate in the training formally on behalf of the institution and endorse the cohort’s completed Workbook. This individual should be willing to serve as the ECAR-NASH RRI Campus Representative moving forward. To learn more about requirements for institutional certification, please reach out to:

For Systems – NASH-member systems can also be certified as Silver, Gold, or Platinum Systems.  At least one third of the system’s institutions must be represented at the training and complete the Workbook together. The System Head (e.g. President, Chancellor, Commissioner, Board of Regents, or someone with the authority to sign off on behalf of the system) must endorse the Workbook, and commit to serving as the ECAR-NASH RRI Campus Representative moving forward. For more details, please reach out to:

Testimonials from Trainees


“As someone who hadn't previously been in a ton of conversations about this, this training was immensely helpful in understanding a lot of background about resettlement and what refugees go through and need. Conversations from trainers and with other peers helped me understand how much value this brings to a campus in so many ways, without costing much, all while helping refugees.”


“This was a very enriching and inspiring session. I want to see where we lead from here and how we garner the resources - human and otherwise - to make a difference and contribute to the goals of refugee integration in a meaningful way.”


“I cannot wait to put this knowledge into practice.”


University of Maine Graduation

*University of Maine Virtual Training Graduation

Campuses That Have Already Been Trained