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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!

Snapshot: Guanajuato Class of 2017

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Students in APPLES Global Course Guanajuato learn about transnational migration in Mineral de Pozos, former mining town in Guanajuato, Mexico.

We were delighted to receive a snapshot of students’ alternative spring break in Guanajuato, Mexico. Can’t wait to hear all about it!

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.

Student Spotlight: Guanajuato, Building Integrated Communities Intern Paige Hines

UNC Study Abroad in Guanajuato, Mexico is a student exchange program with the Universidad de Guanajuato (UG) in the city of Guanajuato, Mexico. This is a collaborative program of UNC Study Abroad, the Latino Migration Project, and the Department of Romance Studies.

UNC students directly enroll at the Universidad de Guanajuato (UG) for an opportunity to fully integrate into the academic, social, and cultural life in Guanajuato. One of these students we had the pleasure of speaking with is Paige Hines.

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Paige Hines, Global Course Guanajuato Alum

Q: Paige, thank you so much for joining us. Can you tell us a little more about yourself?

A: I’m a senior Global Studies and Spanish Literatures and Culture major, originally from Greensboro, North Carolina. Like Chapel Hill and Carrboro, Greensboro has an increasing immigrant and refugee population. Growing up, and especially in high school, I was fortunate enough to be able to hear some of their stories, which has definitely informed how I see North Carolina today.

Q: Tell us more about what brought you to participate in the UNC Study Abroad Guanajuato program. How did the experience impact you?

A: I knew that I wanted to study abroad, learn more about Latin American culture and improve my Spanish. I heard of the spring service learning course that traveled to Guanajuato over spring break and thought it was a fascinating way to learn more about migration, its causes and the communities many who have settled in North Carolina have come from. When I saw that the study abroad program to Guanajuato opened up, I thought it would be a great opportunity to have a unique experience abroad. Also, Mexico has always fascinated me!

I loved every second of being in Guanajuato. I learned a lot about culture, food, politics, art, society and history through my host family who I chatted with over breakfast and dinner every day. Through the study abroad program, I got to see a rural side to the state I was living in, and learned about obstacles to higher education for those living in rural areas. I was really fortunate that pretty much every aspect of living in Guanajuato was a learning opportunity, from my friends, school, service and home. I was surprised at how many people I met by chance who had family connections to North Carolina.

Q: Wow, small world! We’re so glad you made connections that are so close to home. What are you up to now? IMG_1186

A: Since I’ve returned, I have been working Building Integrated Communities, an initiative that partners with North Carolinian towns and counties to implement policies that better include their immigrant populations, as well as Student Action with Farmworkers, a non-profit in Durham that bring students together with farmworkers to work to further the farmworker justice movement in the Carolinas. I have been excited in both roles to learn about different issues facing Latino immigrants, especially in terms of health and policy.

Q: We love how involved you are. What do you tell your friends when they ask about Guanajuato?

A: Guanajuato is one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico, and maybe the world! I was fascinated by the landscapes all around the city, and the colorful buildings characteristic of Guanajuato. I think many people have a different idea of what my experiences would be like than they really were, so I love to break those expectations.

My favorite memory may have been when my parents came to visit me. I became very close with my host family, and one night we all went out to dinner at a nice restaurant in a main plaza. A group of about 15 student-performers dressed in old Spanish attire (the town is Cevantes obsessed) came in to sing traditional callejoneada songs to another table, which is quite the performance. I got to enjoy the evening with my two families, who couldn’t even speak to each other, and celebrate a Guanajuato tradition. It was exciting to have my parents experience this alongside me, and my host family got to explain to us the history behind the songs and traditions. It was a memorable night!IMG_1383

Q: A memorable night indeed! We love that story. Why should others consider going to Guanajuato? 

Guanajuato is an amazingly multicultural city because of the university. People wanted to share with you the things they loved about their country, its people and culture. It also is complexly located economically. Much is changing and quickly, from industry and mining to agriculture and folk art. I think it is important to learn a little about those economic struggles to understand many facets of migration.

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For fun I like to read, travel, drink good coffee at cafes, backpack and hike and do yoga. I did all of those things in Guanajuato, too!

Paige, thank you so much. We look forward to hearing about your future adventures!

New Roots Welcomes Roman Scholar Micol Drago

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From left to right: Building Integrated Communities Researcher and Program Coordinator, Jessica White, Roman Scholar Micol Drago, and LMP Director Hannah Gill

As New Roots rolled out its new website in 2016 thanks to support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, we are delighted that our efforts to make the oral histories globally accessible are having some initial success. In October 2016, New Roots staff had the opportunity to meet Micol Drago, a student from the University of Roma 3 in Rome, Italy, while on a visit to North Carolina. She discovered the New Roots online resources in the course of her research on Latina and Latino identity in the United States. The New Roots Latino Oral Histories have become the primary source for her PhD thesis, which is entitled “Identity in Latinas and Latinos’ oral histories from the New Roots – Latino Migration Project.” We asked Micol some questions about her research and use of the archive in order to better understand how it is being used by foreign scholars.

Hannah Gill (HG): How did you find the New Roots Oral Histories?

Micol Drago (MD): I conducted extensive research looking for archives of oral histories of Latinos and Latinas in the United States. This is the best archive I’ve found in terms of accessibility and quality of interviews on Latino identity. Also, it’s an ongoing archive with recent materials that is well-structured.

HG: What are some of the more interesting things you have discovered using the archive for your research?IMG_3056

MD: Race and culture are important parts of the complex Latino and Latina identities in the United States. . . Anyone can be “American,” it’s an identity linked to choice. By contrast, in Italy, being “Italian” is not a choice, it’s more linked to one’s heritage and race.

HG: How has migration impacted Italian society in recent years?

MD: Europe has been impacted by the global refugee crisis,
and many migrants from the Middle East and Africa now live in Italy. Society is really changing in Italy, and Rome is an international place. What is happening in the United States with migration is relevant to Europe, and we can learn a lot from understanding the history of migration in the United States.

Thank you, Micol! We wish you the best of luck with your studies!