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Meet Kristina: Guanajuato Class of 2017 and FLAS Recipient

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FLAS recipient and Guanajuato alum Kristina Caltabiano (left) with her brother in Guatemala

She’s a Peace Corps Volunteer alum, FLAS award recipient, and is in the newest class of Guanajuato alumni.

Meet Kristina.

FLAS fellowships fund the study of less commonly taught languages and area studies coursework. This program provides academic year and summer fellowships to assist graduate students and advanced undergraduates in foreign language and area studies. The goals of the fellowship program include: (1) to assist in the development of knowledge, resources and trained personnel for modern foreign language and area/international studies; (2) to stimulate the attainment of foreign language acquisition and fluency; and (3) to develop a pool of international experts to meet national needs.

Before pursuing a dual graduate degree in social work and public health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Caltabiano served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala. There, she worked as a health educator in a rural Mayan community and cemented her aspirations to work internationally in a community organizing capacity. After learning about FLAS from a Peace Corps colleague, Caltabiano pursued the opportunity and was granted an award to learn Portuguese.

FLAS was even one of the reasons Caltabiano chose to pursue UNC’s dual MSW and MPH degree. She said the opportunity allowed her to tailor course assignments to align with her interests on different areas within Brazil. Part of the award allowed her to live in São Paulo and pursue an upcoming fall semester in Rio de Janeiro, where she hopes to achieve full proficiency.

“Such a huge part of my graduate school experience is learning Portuguese, and I’m so grateful and aware of what a gift it is,” Caltabiano said.

Studying languages has always been an interest of Caltabiano. Originally from Syracuse, NY, Caltabiano attended St. John’s University where she studied both Psychology, International Relations and minored in Spanish. As an undergraduate, she studied abroad in Chile and then following graduation, spent one year teaching English in Spain.

“Languages are fun for me,” Caltabiano said.

In addition to learning Portuguese in her graduate studies, Caltabiano participated in the APPLES Global Course Guanajuato alternative spring break. The course allowed her to be connected to the local immigrant community and better understand the link between North Carolina and migration, specifically from Guanajuato, Mexico. Caltabiano said the oral histories particularly humanized learning about the migration experience.

“You can hear and read about migration all the time, but interviews bring to life someone’s personal account of what life looks like, what life looks back in their home country, and how their kids lives are different from theirs,” Caltabiano said.

When she’s not busy learning Portuguese, studying for her dual degree, or participating in service learning, Caltabiano enjoys traveling, being outside, and spending time with loved ones.

Thank you so much for sharing photos from your experiences in Brazil (above) and thank you for joining us, Kristina! We look forward to the great things you will do!

Dr. Hannah Gill one of nine individuals and groups honored for public service

Dr. Hannah Gill, director of the Latino Migration Project, was recognized for engaged teaching for her work with the APPLES Service-Learning Global Course Guanajuato. The spring semester course trains bilingual students to understand the contemporary and historical complexities of immigration through research, service-learning with immigrants in North Carolina and travel to communities of migrant origin in Guanajuato, Mexico. The program fosters bi-national relationships with migrant families, secondary schools and foundations in Mexico. The Latino Migration Project is a public educational program on Latin American immigration and integration in North Carolina that includes undergraduate teaching.

 

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Photos: Winston-Salem Wins National League Of Cities Cultural Diversity Award

Read more here on the City of Winston-Salem site.

The City of Winston-Salem held an April 3, 2017 Special Meeting of the City Council. Councilmember Denise D. Adams presented the First Place National League of Cities award to BIC’s partner, the Winston-Salem Human Relations Department, for their Winston-Salem BIC Newcomers’ Pipeline project.

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We congratulate the City and all of the community stakeholders on this collaborative work!

Guanajuato alum spotlight: Nicole LeNeave

Through leadership development, experiential learning, and engaged service, Guanajuato alumni have had an incredible impact through our programs, and continue to make their mark in their careers. One of these professionals we had the pleasure of connecting with is Nicole LeNeave, UNC ’14.

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LeNeave (center) on the 2014 APPLES Global Course Guanajuato alternative spring break

Nicole LeNeave is a Ph.D. candidate, Department of History, at The University of California, San Diego. She is studying the cultural history of the Cold War in Latin America; specifically, looking at insurgency and rebellion through a music and art lens. Since graduating as a double major in Latin American studies (LTAM) and Latin American History with a music minor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, LeNeave continues to have wide-ranging experiences in Latin American Studies.

As an undergraduate, LeNeave served as an Institute for the Study of the Americas (ISA) intern where she transcribed oral history interviews and supported department communications. The work encouraged her to participate in the 2014 APPLES alternative spring break, which gave her the opportunity to record oral histories herself. After interviewing UNC Latino students and speaking with members of the Guanajuato, Mexico community, LeNeave was struck by the power of an individual’s narrative.

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LeNeave (right) with ISA Director Lou Pérez (left)

“Oral histories are intrinsically part of the way we function.” LeNeave said. “They provide a greater understanding beyond the empirical nature of academia.”

Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, LeNeave first became interested in Latin American studies after taking a first year seminar with Professor Miguel La Serna about revolution and rebellion in Latin America. When it came to declaring a major, LeNeave liked the interdisciplinary nature of the LTAM major. The political science, music, history, anthropology classes all helped to frame her other major of Latin American history.

“LTAM is a great complement to another major,” LeNeave said. “I encourage people to do it and make it your own.”

LeNeave did just that, and with a future Ph.D. and dreams of a tenure-track professor position, she is just getting started.

Nicole, we look forward to seeing your forthcoming research and the great things you will do! Thank you for joining us.

 

UNC College of Arts and Sciences features Winston-Salem BIC National League of Cities Award

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Wanda Allen-Abraha, J.D., Director, Human Relations Department for the City of Winston-Salem (right) with LMP Director Hannah Gill

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The City of Winston-Salem, NC was honored with a 2017 City Cultural Diversity Award from the National League of Cities (NLC). The city was awarded First Place in the 200,001-500,000 population category in specific recognition of the Winston-Salem BIC Newcomers’ Pipeline.

The forthcoming pipeline program was developed by the Winston-Salem Human Relations Department and diverse project stakeholders during the city’s 2014-2017 partnership with the statewide BIC initiative at UNC-Chapel Hill. The pipeline will provide an integrated, efficient, and accessible way for foreign-born and Hispanic/Latinx residents to learn about municipal and community resources related to education, Fair Housing, faith, health, language access, legal services, public safety, and transportation.

The Winston-Salem City Council unanimously approved the Winston-Salem BIC Citywide Action Plan for Foreign-born and Hispanic Community Integration last November. This action plan outlines the other initiatives that are being implemented currently the Winston-Salem BIC Stakeholder Committee.

Read the action plan in English here: W-S BIC Action Plan-English
Read the action plan in Spanish here: W-S-BIC-Action-Plan-Spanish

Congratulations to Winston-Salem BIC and the City of Winston-Salem Human Relations Department!

El proyecto Winston-Salem BIC gana el Primer Lugar del premio de la Liga Nacional de Ciudades

La Ciudad de Winston-Salem, NC fue galardonada el día con el ‘City Cultural Diversity Award’ (Premio de la Diversidad Cultural de Ciudad) de 2017 de la Liga Nacional de Ciudades, o la NLC por sus siglas en inglés. La ciudad fue galardonada el Primer Lugar en la categoría poblacional de 200,001-500,000 personas en reconocimiento específico al ‘Newcomers’ Pipeline’ (Camino de los Recién Llegados) de Winston-Salem BIC.

Este ‘pipeline’ es un programa en camino que fue desarrollado por el Departamento de Relaciones Humanas de Winston-Salem y diversas partes interesadas de proyecto durante su colaboración del 2014-2017 con la iniciativa estatal BIC en UNC-Chapel Hill. El ‘pipeline’ proveerá una forma eficiente, integrada, y accesible en la cual los residentes nacidos en el extranjero e hispanos/latinx puedan aprender sobre recursos comunitarios y municipales relacionados a la educación, Vivienda Justa, fe, salud, acceso de idioma, servicios legales, seguridad pública, y transporte.

El pasado noviembre el Consejo Municipal de Winston-Salem aprobó unánimemente el Plan de Acción Municipal de Winston-Salem BIC para la Integración de los Residentes Nacidos en el Extranjero e la Comunidades Hispanas. Este plan de acción delinea las otras iniciativas que están siendo implementadas actualmente por el Comité de Partes Interesadas de Winston-Salem BIC.

Lea el plan de acción en inglés aquí: W-S BIC Action Plan-English
Lea el plan de acción en español aquí: W-S-BIC-Action-Plan-Spanish

¡Felicitaciones a Winston-Salem BIC y la Ciudad de Departamento de Relaciones Humanas de Winston-Salem!

Photo Gallery: 2017 UNC APPLES Global Guanajuato

We are so pleased to share photos from the 2017 UNC in Guanajuato class. Many thanks to Raina Enrique for sharing, we hope you will enjoy!

Winston-Salem BIC Project Earns City First Place National League of Cities Award

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Wanda Allen-Abraha, J.D., Director, Human Relations Department for the City of Winston-Salem (right) with LMP Director Hannah Gill

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The City of Winston-Salem, NC was honored with a 2017 City Cultural Diversity Award from the National League of Cities (NLC). The city was awarded First Place in the 200,001-500,000 population category in specific recognition of the Winston-Salem BIC Newcomers’ Pipeline.

The forthcoming pipeline program was developed by the Winston-Salem Human Relations Department and diverse project stakeholders during the city’s 2014-2017 partnership with the statewide BIC initiative at UNC-Chapel Hill. The pipeline will provide an integrated, efficient, and accessible way for foreign-born and Hispanic/Latinx residents to learn about municipal and community resources related to education, Fair Housing, faith, health, language access, legal services, public safety, and transportation.

The Winston-Salem City Council unanimously approved the Winston-Salem BIC Citywide Action Plan for Foreign-born and Hispanic Community Integration last November. This action plan outlines the other initiatives that are being implemented currently the Winston-Salem BIC Stakeholder Committee.

Read the action plan in English here: W-S BIC Action Plan-English
Read the action plan in Spanish here: W-S-BIC-Action-Plan-Spanish

Congratulations to Winston-Salem BIC and the City of Winston-Salem Human Relations Department!

El proyecto Winston-Salem BIC gana el Primer Lugar del premio de la Liga Nacional de Ciudades

La Ciudad de Winston-Salem, NC fue galardonada el día con el ‘City Cultural Diversity Award’ (Premio de la Diversidad Cultural de Ciudad) de 2017 de la Liga Nacional de Ciudades, o la NLC por sus siglas en inglés. La ciudad fue galardonada el Primer Lugar en la categoría poblacional de 200,001-500,000 personas en reconocimiento específico al ‘Newcomers’ Pipeline’ (Camino de los Recién Llegados) de Winston-Salem BIC.

Este ‘pipeline’ es un programa en camino que fue desarrollado por el Departamento de Relaciones Humanas de Winston-Salem y diversas partes interesadas de proyecto durante su colaboración del 2014-2017 con la iniciativa estatal BIC en UNC-Chapel Hill. El ‘pipeline’ proveerá una forma eficiente, integrada, y accesible en la cual los residentes nacidos en el extranjero e hispanos/latinx puedan aprender sobre recursos comunitarios y municipales relacionados a la educación, Vivienda Justa, fe, salud, acceso de idioma, servicios legales, seguridad pública, y transporte.

El pasado noviembre el Consejo Municipal de Winston-Salem aprobó unánimemente el Plan de Acción Municipal de Winston-Salem BIC para la Integración de los Residentes Nacidos en el Extranjero e la Comunidades Hispanas. Este plan de acción delinea las otras iniciativas que están siendo implementadas actualmente por el Comité de Partes Interesadas de Winston-Salem BIC.

Lea el plan de acción en inglés aquí: W-S BIC Action Plan-English
Lea el plan de acción en español aquí: W-S-BIC-Action-Plan-Spanish

¡Felicitaciones a Winston-Salem BIC y la Ciudad de Departamento de Relaciones Humanas de Winston-Salem!

BIC Announces 2017-2019 Partnerships with Chapel Hill and Siler City, NC

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BIC Announces 2017-2019 Partnerships with Chapel Hill and Siler City, NC

BIC_logoThe statewide Building Integrated Communities initiative has selected the towns of Chapel Hill and Siler City as its next government partners for new community planning projects to support the integration of foreign-born, refugee, and Hispanic/Latinx residents. Beginning this spring, government staff in both towns will collaborate with diverse local residents and organizations to assess newcomer communities and generate effective, consensus-based strategies for strengthening relationships and supporting newcomers’ engagement and leadership in local government.

Chapel Hill and Siler City applied to the BIC program as part of a competitive application process that ended in February. As selected partners, both towns will receive research, facilitation, technical support, and project coordination from BIC staff at UNC-Chapel Hill for the two year project period.

BIC is an initiative of the The Latino Migration Project and is supported by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. BIC also offers consulting services to local governments, community groups, and businesses. For more information, contact Jessica White at JL4@email.unc.edu or 919-962-2414 (habla español).

BIC anuncia colaboraciones del 2017-2019 con Chapel Hill y Siler City, NC

La iniciativa a nivel estado Construyendo Comunidades Integradas (BIC por sus siglas en inglés) ha seleccionado los pueblos de Chapel Hill y Ciudad Siler como sus próximos dos socios gubernamentales para nuevos proyectos de planificación comunitaria para apoyar la integración de los residentes nacidos en el extranjero, refugiados, e hispanos/latinxs. Comenzando esta primavera, el personal gubernamental de ambos pueblos colaborarán con diversos residentes locales y organizaciones para evaluar las comunidades recién llegadas y generar estrategias efectivas basadas en consensos para fortalecer relaciones y apoyar la participación y el liderazgo de los recién llegados en los gobiernos locales.

Chapel Hill y Siler City aplicaron al programa BIC como parte de un proceso de aplicación competitiva que terminó en febrero. Como gobiernos seleccionados, ambos pueblos recibirán servicios de investigación, facilitación, soporte técnico, y coordinación de proyecto de BIC en UNC-Chapel Hill por el periodo de dos años del proyecto.

BIC es una iniciativa del Proyecto de Migración Latina y es apoyado por la Fundación Z. Smith Reynolds. BIC también ofrece servicios de consulta para gobiernos locales, grupos comunitarios, y negocios. Para más información, contactar a Jessica White al JL4@email.unc.edu o al 919-962-2414 (habla español).

LMP Welcomes Professors Laura Diaz Leal and Maria Eugenia Reyes Ramos

By Laura Villa Torres

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LMP staff (center) with visiting scholars (far right and left)

The Latino Migration Project hosted visiting scholars and professors Laura Diaz Leal and Maria Eugenia Reyes Ramos, from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Unidad Xochimilco.

As part of their visit, professors Diaz Leal and Reyes Ramos presented their research at the Southern Oral History Program and Duke University using some oral histories that are part of the New Roots/Nuevas Raíces collection. They also participated in the APPLES Guanajuato Class where they interacted with students who travel to Guanajuato for their Alternative Spring Break experience.

Visiting scholars also met with local representatives from Mexico and other community leaders, to explore issues faced by the Mexican community in North Carolina. Finally, the professors explored collaborations with the Latino Migration Project to possibly replicate the New Roots Archive in Mexico, as a sister archive, to open the possibility for students exchanges in the future, and to explore the publication of a special edition of their home department´s journal for a publication of Spanish articles to disseminate the work done in NC for Spanish-speaking audiences.

Professors commented about their experience:

“Nuestra experiencia en la UNC , desde la llegada hemos estado atendidas y cuidadas en todo momento, Con un programa bien elaborado de actividades a realizar. Ha sido sorprendente conocer la Universidad de Chapell Hill, con un campues tan grande y bien distribuido y atendido.
Las actividades que han sido planeadas , han sido cubiertas en tiempo y forma y horario y las personas que hemos tenido oportunidad de entrevistar , han sido cordiales, atentas y han accedido a nuestras entrevistas, tanto población inmigrante mexicana como personas que dirigen instituciones.
Han sido un aprendizaje y una experiencia de intercambio importante para nuestro desarrollo, aprendizaje y nuevos conocimientos. Esperamos poder continuar con este intercambio, ya que han muchas cosas que podemos aportar desde Mèxico y muchos aspectos que hemos entendido y que ustedes nos aportan a nosotros.
El campus de la Universidad me ha impresionado mucho por sus dimensiones, por la organización , por la cantidad de programas que ofrece, por las áreas en que se trabaja por el número de alumnos que atiende. Nos impresionan todos los servicios con que cuentan los alumnos, es algo de llamar mucho la atención. Vemos una ciudad universitaria y eso hace muy cómoda la estancia para los alumnos. Como invitadas es conocer otro modelo de universidad, que también nos hace reflexionar en nuestras propias Universidades , en lo que nosotros tenemos en Mèxico y nos da idea de las cuestiones que podríamos implementar allá.”

We were so glad to host such wonderful guests! We hope you will come again!

LMP staff participate in 2017 annual Engagement Units Summit

From left to right: Laura Villa Torres, Jessica White, Sara Peña and Maria

From left to right: LMP team members Laura Villa Torres, Jessica White, Sara Peña and Maria Silvia Ramírez.

The Latino Migration Project (LMP) presented a poster at the annual Engagement Units Summit Feb. 10, which was hosted by the Carolina Engagement Council at the Carolina Club, George Watts Hill Alumni Center. Team members discussed LMP initiatives of Building Integrated Communities, New Roots/Nuevas Raíces, and APPLES Global Course Guanajuato.

The summit focused on engaged experiential education: to enhance student learning and support communities. The summit was for campus engagement units and community partners. Centers, institutes, schools, departments and student organizations sent teams that represented overall units or specific efforts within a unit.

The program included:
Keynote address by Dr. Tania Mitchell, nationally recognized expert in the field of experiential education from the University of Minnesota,
Presentations on successful models for undergraduate, graduate and professional student experiential education, and
Roundtable discussions on how the University could better support and enhance experiential education on campus and with communities.