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UNC Senior Ana Dougherty Receives 2017 Princeton in Latin America Fellowship

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Winston-Salem pipeline information sessions | Winston-Salem Sesiones informativas para recién llegados

Our 2014-2017 BIC partners in Winston-Salem host their inaugural NEWCOMER PIPELINE session in less than one week! See flyers for details/registration.

¡Nuestros socixs BIC de 2014-2017 en Winston-Salem alojarán su sesión inaugural de su “PIPELINE” PARA RECIÉN LLEGADXS en menos de una semana! Véase folletos para detalles e inscripciones.


Congratulations, Laura! Published article, “Transnationalism and health”



Laura Villa Torres

We are pleased to share the work of our Bilingual Outreach Assistant, Laura Villa Torres. The article, “Transnationalism and health: A systematic literature review on the use of transnationalism in the study of the health practices and behaviors of migrants,” conducted a systematic review to explore if and how transnationalism has been used to study migrants’ health and what a transnational perspective contributes to understanding health practices and behaviors of transnational migrants.

We hope you will enjoy! Click here.


Transnationalism explores social, economic and political processes that occur beyond national borders and has been widely used in migration studies. We conducted a systematic review to explore if and how transnationalism has been used to study migrants’ health and what a transnational perspective contributes to understanding health practices and behaviors of transnational migrants. We identified 26 empirical studies published in peer-reviewed journals that included a transnational perspective to study migrants’ health practices and behaviors. The studies describe the ways in which migrants travel back and forth between countries of destination to countries of origin to receive health care, for reasons related to cost, language, and perceptions of service quality. In addition, the use of services in countries of origin is related to processes of social class transformation and reclaiming of social rights. For those migrants who cannot travel, active participation in transnational networks is a crucial way to remotely access services through phone or email, and to acquire medical supplies and other health-related goods (traditional medicine, home remedies). We conclude with recommendations for future research in this area.

Research spotlight: Occupational science and occupational therapy

The Latino Migration Project is pleased to share the work of UNC Chapel Hill students and faculty conducting research relating to Latin American/Latino migration. Sara Peña, M.S. Candidate in the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and Institute for the Study of the Americas program associate, conducted a study entitled, “Responsibility and Belonging: Exploring Adolescent Latino Male Soccer Social Group Identity.”



Latin American immigrants are a fast-growing segment of North Carolina residents, and the incorporation of youth into society is imperative in determining quality of life. Occupational therapists are qualified to address the needs of Latino adolescents as they navigate new social group occupations and identities; yet, to date, there is limited evidence exploring this practice. This study explores how the social group occupation of playing on a school soccer team influences identity. Participants included Latino male middle school soccer players who live in a rural community. The author used a grounded-theory qualitative research methodology, which allowed for the participants to be the experts in their experiences and have the theory emerge from data collected. A focus group was conducted and coded for themes. Implications contribute to an understanding of how Latino adolescent identity and school soccer come together, and suggest further studies regarding social group occupations and Latino adolescents.

For more information, contact Sara Peña,, or Linn Wakeford,

Updated 2017: Guanajuato Professional Portal

Michelle_quoteLatino Migration Project alumni are blazing trails in their chosen career paths…& they’ve got our attention.

Through LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT, EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING, and ENGAGED SERVICE, LMP Professionals have had an incredible impact through our programs, and continue to make their mark in their careers.

Check out the updated Professional Portal page now.

Sanford BIC, COLTS survey residents served by new county transit

Shout out to our survey team in Sanford! Hispanic/Latinx ridership on COLTS Transportation has already increased following the new bus route and marketing, and we are learning more about how COLTS can better serve these residents.

¡Un grito de agradecimiento al equipo de encuesta en Sanford! La tasa de pasajeros hispanos/latinxs en el transito COLTS ya ha aumentado después de la nueva promoción y ruta de autobús, y vamos sabiendo más sobre cómo COLTS puede servir mejor a estos residentes.



Meet Kristina: Guanajuato Class of 2017 and FLAS Recipient


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.

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.


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.


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.