War and Refuge

Posted on October 04, 2022

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  • Susan McIntyre a leader in humanitarian response in Afghanistan

    Just months after the 9/11 attack, Susan McIntyre ’84 MEd was enlisted as the U.S. government’s team leader in humanitarian response in Afghanistan. Arriving as the 2001 U.S. invasion there had begun, she served to assist Afghan civilians in need. With 30 years of international experience, 20 of them in … Continued

  • Ivana Nikolic: Journey from war refugee to UNCG to outstanding cardiologist

    Dr. Ivana Nikolic ’02 is a refugee from Bosnia who found her way to UNCG’s Biology Department. When her family arrived in Greensboro, Nikolic was the only one who spoke English, and she had already graduated high school. So their resettlement agency went about lining up a job for her. … Continued

  • Noor Ghazi: Former war refugee promotes peace studies in Iraq

    Arriving in Greensboro in 2008, Noor Ghazi ’19 MA found peace. Within a decade, she discovered Peace Studies, a field that is virtually unavailable in the Middle East. Now, she is working with others to change that. “I have always dreamed of … studying further. I come from a country … Continued

  • Dr. Morrison’s collaborative research with refugee communities

    Dr. Sharon Morrison has worked with refugee communities in Greensboro for more than 15 years. A professor in the Department of Public Health Education, she is the School of Health and Human Sciences’ Community Engaged Research Fellow. She was honored with the UNC BOG Excellence in Teaching Award in 2017. … Continued

  • Liana H’Yua Adrong helps lead Greensboro’s Montagnard community

    Liana H’Yua Adrong ’16, ’21 MSW is executive director of the Greensboro’s Montagnard Dega Association and is chair of the Greensboro International Advisory committee. “During the Vietnam War, my father, like many Montagnard men, worked with the U.S Special Forces, fighting for our freedom from Communism,” she explains. Once the … Continued

  • Rada Petric: Finding refuge from the Yugoslav wars

    When war broke out in Bosnia, UNCG alumna Rada Petric ’08, ’10 MS, ’20 PHD was just a little girl living in Sarajevo. Every day, her parents and two siblings packed their bags and headed to the airport, hoping their names would be called from “the list.” Being on the list meant you were chosen…