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Immigrant Integration Summit for Cities and Towns





Learn about innovative immigrant integration practices of municipalities in North Carolina and participate in workshops with local government delegations and immigrant representatives in the region.


Patience Lehrman is a 2012 recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second highest civilian award in the United States. She is the Special Assistant to the Dean at the College of Education at Temple University where she oversees all Strategic partnerships and community relations for the college. Prior to her current role, she served as the National Director of Project SHINE, an immigrant integration initiative headquartered at Temple University with partners in 16 communities across the country. Mrs. Lehrman is a first generation immigrant from Cameroon, West Africa.

Building Integrated Communities (BIC) is a statewide initiative that helps North Carolina local governments successfully engage with immigrants and refugee populations in order to improve public safety, promote economic development, enhance communication, and improve relationships. As a result of working with BIC, local governments and diverse community stakeholders have the tools to generate locally-relevant strategies to strengthen immigrant civic engagement, linguistic achievement, and economic/educational advancement.

The program is supported by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.


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