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Winston-Salem Announces Open Subcommittee to Improve Transportation for Diverse Population

Action planning under way for greater integration of foreign-born residents

Contact: Jessicalee White, Researcher and Program Coordinator, Building Integrated Communities/Latino Migration Project – JL4@email.unc.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Winston-Salem and Chapel Hill, NC, March 3, 2016: Winston-Salem Building Integrated Communities (BIC) invites Forsyth County residents to participate in a newly formed Action Planning Subcommittee to improve transportation for local foreign-born residents. The subcommittee will meet in April 2016 to outline concrete steps for addressing the transportation challenges previously identified by foreign-born residents.

County residents can sign up until Friday, March 25 by contacting Jessicalee at JL4@email.unc.edu. (Habla español.) Interpreters will be provided at the subcommittee meeting(s); foreign-born community members are especially encouraged to participate.

Resident members of the subcommittee, which is chaired by Ravin N. Gore of the Winston-Salem Department of Transportation, will specifically focus on planning to achieve the following objectives:

  • Increase accessibility of public and regional transportation, such as through signage, bilingual drivers, and/or interpreters;
  • Work with local employers and law enforcement to increase availability and community awareness of transportation alternatives.

The transportation subcommittee is one of several Action Planning Subcommittees created by the BIC project in response to a year-long assessment with local foreign-born communities. The full assessment report is available online in both English and Spanish at http://migration.unc.edu/programs/bic/reports-and-resources/.

Other Action Planning Subcommittees include those focused on Education (Chair: Pauline Morris, International Center at Forsyth Technical Community College); Fair Housing (Chair: Adolfo Briceño, W-S Department of Human Relations); and Faith-Based Services (Chair: Rev. Francis Rivers Meza, FaithHealth NC/Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center).

Winston-Salem BIC is an innovative three-year project (2014-2017) that aims to address the issues facing local newcomers, promote economic development and educational attainment, and improve relationships through the creation of a comprehensive, city-wide plan for the integration of foreign-born residents. Winston-Salem BIC is collaborative initiative of the Winston-Salem Department of Human Relations, local residents and organization leaders, and the Latino Migration Project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.