Cathryn Bennett

Refugee Women & Higher Education

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Researcher & Advocate

About The Doctor

My work prioritizes expanding educational equity, access, and community-university advocacy through educational research in localized (international/comparative) higher education.

I pursue these equity commitments in higher education with first generation to college, refugee, newcomer, and historically minoritized college students’ strengths, assets, and knowledge amid interlocking systems of oppression (Patricia Hill Collins). I aim to cultivate anti-oppression and anti-racism to mitigate the structurally harmful effects of exclusion.

Experiencing disparate social and educational cultures in 34 countries and 5 continents over the last decade required savvy intercultural communication skills and flexibility in difficult situations. These skills remain advantageous in my approaches to research, evaluation, assessment, and instruction across contexts of two- and four-year colleges and universities where I work.

More About Cathryn B.

Anti-Racist. Queer. Education Research. Program Evaluation. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion.

Promoting Refugee, Im/Migrant, First-generation Student Experience.

Refugee Women & Higher Education

Refugees cannot “return to their country of origin owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.”

Teaching Experiences

“This course and your teaching helped me to explore my own thinking and become more receptive to new ideas. The activities will also be helpful for us in our future careers.” -Fall 2014


Cathryn Bennett

Professional Roles

23-present: Interim Director of Global Off-Campus Initiatives (P/DSO)
Guilford College

22-present: Evaluator
Every Campus a Refuge (ECAR)

22-present: Inclusion for Impact: Faculty Diversity
Guilford Technical Community College

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“The case studies really engaged us into implementing knowledge that we have read today, and it made the content less complex that way.”
Fall 2021

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Women Refugees

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