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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!

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!

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 staff participate in 2017 annual Engagement Units Summit

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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.

IMG_1192Q: When you are not studying, what do you like to do for fun?

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!

Rev. Erika Martínez Flores receives 2016 Sharon S. Mújica Community Service Award

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Rev. Erika Martínez Flores (right) with Latino Migration Project Director Dr. Hannah Gill

Rev. Erika Martínez Flores received the 2016 Sharon S. Mújica Community Service Award Thursday, Dec. 8, 2015, at the 10th Annual Institute for the Study of the Americas Faculty Dinner. This award is given annually by the Institute for the Study of the Americas to individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to Latin American and Latino communities in North Carolina.

“It is a great honor to receive this award,” Rev. Martínez Flores said, thanking her community for practicing social justice and creating an inclusive cultural place.

As part of Sanford Building Integrated Communities, Rev. Erika Martínez Flores helped lead the Planning Committee to support Lee County’s immigrant and Hispanic residents all while serving as Executive Director of El Refugio/The Refuge. After analyzing the data of over 300 immigrant and Hispanic county residents, the Planning Committee worked to streamline strategies that would advance communication, improve public transportation, and support Hispanic leadership and engagement in local government into a single, comprehensive plan. This action plan was unanimously endorsed by the City of Sanford City Council and the Lee County Board of Commissioners.

Past recipients of the Sharon S. Mújica award include Blanca Zendejas Neinhaus, Jerry Markatos, Florence Simán, Ilana Dubester, Cassandra Daniels and Alvena Heggins, Gail Phares and Sarah Plastino.

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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.

Please enjoy photos from the evening (below). Photo credit Jorge Ochoa.

Building Integrated Communities in “Hometown News”

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We are pleased to share that Building Integrated Communities is featured in the Sanford Hometown News (Magazine). Thanks again to all for joining Sanford BIC at our Community Kickoff & Celebration. Sanford BIC will continue to update Lee County residents about The Hispanic Council and other upcoming leadership opportunities. You can still read the full plan of new programs for Hispanic/Latinx residents in English or Spanish at http://migration.unc.edu/2016/10/20/sanfordbic/

Queremos compartir que Building Integrated Communities aparece en la revista Sanford Hometown News (Revista). Gracias otra vez a todx por unirse a Sanford BIC para nuestro Lanzamiento y Celebración Comunitaria. Sanford BIC seguir actualizándo a los residentes del Condado de Lee sobre el Consejo Hispano y otras oportunidades de liderazgo inminentes. Todavía puede leer el plan completo de los nuevos programas para residentes hispanos/latinos en inglés o español aquí: http://migration.unc.edu/2016/10/20/sanfordbic/

 

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The Hometown News (Magazine) is continuing to be published in memory of Alexander C. Brower III to continue his legacy by Gwendolyn Oliphant who is the Registered Agent/Owner and Aunt of the late Alexander C. Brower III. Read the PDF or online version.

Sanford Mayor awards UNC BIC team key to the city

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Many thanks to Sanford Building Integrated Communities (BIC) for coming together on November 12, 2016, to celebrate their incredible accomplishments. We are honored that the City of Sanford awarded keys to Latino Migration Project Director Dr. Hannah Gill and BIC Researcher and Coordinator Jessica White in recognition of the statewide BIC initiative. sanford_cropped_2Congratulations, team!

About

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.

New Roots/Nuevas Raíces featured in The Southern Sociologist

We are very pleased to share that New Roots/Nuevas Raíces is featured by our very own Felicia Arriaga in The Southern Sociologist, Summer 2016 edition. Check out the article (below)!

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Felicia Arriaga, Duke University

Incorporating Art into Lessons on Immigration, Race, and Development in the United States I am the only graduate student studying immigration in my department, which means grad students and faculty often ask me to guest lecture on immigration. I teach immigration with an intentional focus on racialized immigrants and citizenship status as a marker of stratification. I also incorporate popular education techniques where I draw from both my own and the students’ lived experiences.

One way to begin having this conversation is to introduce them to these subjects with background readings by Natalia Molina and Douglas Massey and incorporating visual aids into group work. This visual aid allows us to have an in-class discussion analyzing a mural borrowed from Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF), a non-profit I interned with for two years and where I currently serve on the board. These types of aids provide a holistic understanding of seemingly simple issues and appeal to different learning styles. The mural depicted is a production of the Levante Leadership Institute and the Beehive Collective (please see the original post for images).

The youth who worked on this mural are from farmworker families and most have worked in the fields at some point in their lives. I was initially drawn to work with this non-profit to learn more about educational issues facing the Latino/a community in North Carolina, but I stayed because of the connections I’ve made between my parents’ experiences as farmworkers in the Southeast and those of the families participating in SAF programs.

The left hand side of the mural depicts the current conditions of farmworkers and on the right is the aspirations and dreams of the young people, some of whom aspire to achieve more education but who also recognize that farmworkers should be able to complete their work with dignity. In class sessions, I typically ask the students to get into small groups and then choose an area of the mural they are able to contextualize with evidence from class readings, an area they don’t understand, or an area that just draws their attention.

Each group then describes why they chose that area and other students are welcome to respond if they believe they know more about that particular topic. For example, this section of the mural depicts the words NAFTA (North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement) in barbed wire. In a course titled Nations, Regions and the Global Economy, I emphasized this area of the mural where the implementation of NAFTA
resulted in a surplus movement of goods, but not people, back and forth across the U.S./Mexico border. This trade agreement particularly impacted small farmers within Mexico, influencing first internal migration and then external migration. The letters are in barbed wire to indicate the simultaneous militarization of the border, which also results in the deaths of economic migrants searching for alternative routes to cross the border.

Because I study both race and immigration, I’ll also include another example specifically tied to my research. This section reminds the students and myself that it is impossible to have a conversation about agricultural workers without tracing the legacy of slavery, particularly in the South. This section also allows us to dive into the relational nature of race, explained in the assigned readings from Natalia Molina’s book, How Race is Made in America: Immigration, Citizenship, and the Historical Power of Racial Scripts. There are also handcuffs in this section, allowing us to begin discussing how black and brown bodies are criminalized in the present day. For many farmworkers, who are also undocumented, this criminalization means they are also subject to the threat of deportation, particularly if they desire to stand up against unjust and antiquated labor laws specific to agricultural work. This criminalization of an immigrant’s legal status and the broader
criminalization of immigration law and procedure, known as crimmigration in the legal field. Once students understand that an immigration offense (i.e., illegal crossing of the border) is different than a criminal offense, they recognize that arbitrary and sometimes retroactively implemented immigration enforcement parameters are unjust and essentially  more complicated than the national rhetoric would have us believe. By initially talking about economic and historical relationships between Mexico and the United States, students also understand that the immigration “problem” is complicated and based in historically racialized immigration policies.

Finally, I often ask individuals to come share their personal narratives and have students listen to stories about migrants, through the use of New Roots/ Nuevas Raíces collection housed at UNC-Chapel Hill in the Southern Oral History Program. This brings the theoretical to the individual level where students, particularly in the Voices in Public Policy course I teach, are able to recognize how policies implemented without involvement from those most impacted may have differential impacts depending on one’s social position.