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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!

Taking the road less traveled: Spotlight on Guanajuato alum Michelle Carreño

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 Michelle Carreño.

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Carreño in Laguna Colorada, Bolivia

After graduating from UNC and participating in the APPLES Global Course Guanajuato, Carreño moved to Colombia to become a bilingual World History middle school teacher with plans to eventually travel around South America alone.

“Traveling solo has been something I have always wanted to do ever since I can remember,” Carreño said. “The idea of going to a foreign place: meeting new people, learning about a new culture, a new language, trying new types of food, dancing different types of music, visiting new places, making decisions on my own from the smallest to the biggest ones and all of this ‘solo’ sounded so fascinating to me, and especially in Latin America with an indefinite time.”

While a student at UNC, Carreño took LTAM classes and instantly connected to the material.

“I did not realize how passionate and interested I became with Latin American studies when I first took classes,” Carreño said. “It was something so natural to me… I truly believe I felt I was searching my identity and learning where I came from.”

Being the daughter of Colombian immigrants, Carreño wanted to explore that side of her identity and moved to Colombia after graduation with the intention of teaching for a couple of years and then traveling alone. After the first year ended and it was time to resign her contract, Carreño made the difficult decision to pursue her solo travel dreams sooner than she intended.

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Carreño (above) is a Guanajuato alum

And it paid off.

“What many people do not realize is that traveling brings heaps of enriching perks to our lives and helps humans become stronger,” Carreño said. “Additionally, I soon realized in my travels, you never travel alone because you meet millions of people disposed to give you a hand and share with you your path if it’s for 5 minutes to a few hours to days to months to years.”

Seven countries later, Carreño has taken advantage of her time in South America. Whether camping, hiking, or meeting new people, Carreño explored places in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Brazil, and Argentina. She was even able to meet up with her brother to explore the Amazon and Brazil.

When it comes to traveling solo, Carreño encourages others to do the same.

“I decided to take this trip through Latin America because it has been one of my dreams and I also wanted to empower women, especially Latinas, that they can travel ‘sola’ through their own continent,” Carreño said. “You will grow in so many ways. Best of all, you will see how you’re not either from here nor there and that we are all world citizens/darte cuenta que no eres ni de aquí ni de allá y que todos somos ciudadanos del mundo.”

Whether she is in South America traveling solo or back in the States, you can find Carreño dancing, doing yoga, hiking, swimming, reading, and of course, traveling.

Thank you so much for sharing your adventure with us, Michelle! We can’t wait to hear more!

See more of Michelle’s adventure below:

UNC study abroad in Guanajuato, Mexico

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The Institute for the Study of the Americas, the Department of Romance Studies and the Study Abroad Office are pleased to offer an undergraduate student exchange program with the Universidad de Guanajuato (UG) in the city of Guanajuato, Mexico. There are semester and year-long options, commencing in the spring of 2016 and continuing every semester thereafter.

Given the parallel success of ongoing UNC/Guanajuato initiatives, the new direct enrollment opportunity in Mexico for UNC-CH students seeking a deep cultural immersion and the chance to advance their Spanish language skills by studying at a university where Spanish is the language of instruction.

On this program, UNC students directly enroll at the Universidad de Guanajuato (UG) for a semester or academic year for an opportunity to fully integrate into the academic, social, and cultural life in Guanajuato. You may apply as an exchange student or as a non-exchange/studyabroad student. No matter your classification, you will take courses alongside degree-seeking UG students and participate in all aspects of student life.

*Students will be attending regular university classes with students from the host country, thus all courses are taught in Spanish.

2016-17 APPLES Global Course Guanajuato application is open!

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*applications are closed

APPLY NOW for APPLES Global Course Guanajuato

UNC Study Abroad at the University of Guanajuato—-deadline Sept 15. APPLY

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This 3 credit spring course combines ethnographic methods, oral history, and service-learning to examine Latin American migrant perspectives. Students research and work with migrants in North Carolina and spend spring break in migrants’ home communities in Guanajuato, Mexico.

The course addresses ethical and practical aspects of the ethnographic method, which includes the preparation, transaction, and transcription of interviews. This course is designed for upper level students (Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors) and is also open to graduate students. Strong knowledge of Spanish is highly recommended. Students must be prepared to volunteer at a campus or community organization that works with migrant issues. Digital audio recorders are required. Above all, students must be motivated by a strong desire to better understand transnational migration issues.

APPLICATION REQUIRED (DEADLINE OCT. 20) — APPLY NOW

NEWEST feature of New Roots/Nuevas Raíces: Meet the interviewers!

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Pictured : Fran Reuland, UNC Global Course Guanajuato Class of 2016

We are so excited to share the NEWEST feature of New Roots/Nuevas Raíces called “Meet the Interviewers“/”Conoce a las y los entrevistadores.”

Get to know featured faces from the UNC Global Course Guanajuato class, who were behind some of the interviews on newroots.lib.unc.edu. Read more to learn about their projects and reflections on the experience.

 

DEADLINE OCT. 20—APPLES Global Course Guanajuato

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This 3 credit spring course combines ethnographic methods, oral history, and service-learning to examine Latin American migrant perspectives. Students research and work with migrants in North Carolina and spend spring break in migrants’ home communities in Guanajuato, Mexico.

The course addresses ethical and practical aspects of the ethnographic method, which includes the preparation, transaction, and transcription of interviews. This course is designed for upper level students (Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors) and is also open to graduate students. Strong knowledge of Spanish is highly recommended. Students must be prepared to volunteer at a campus or community organization that works with migrant issues. Digital audio recorders are required. Above all, students must be motivated by a strong desire to better understand transnational migration issues.

APPLICATION REQUIRED (DEADLINE OCT. 20) — APPLY NOW

 

APPLES Global Course Guanajuato—Application is live!

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This 3 credit spring course combines ethnographic methods, oral history, and service-learning to examine Latin American migrant perspectives. Students research and work with migrants in North Carolina and spend spring break in migrants’ home communities in Guanajuato, Mexico.

The course addresses ethical and practical aspects of the ethnographic method, which includes the preparation, transaction, and transcription of interviews. This course is designed for upper level students (Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors) and is also open to graduate students. Strong knowledge of Spanish is highly recommended. Students must be prepared to volunteer at a campus or community organization that works with migrant issues. Digital audio recorders are required. Above all, students must be motivated by a strong desire to better understand transnational migration issues.

APPLICATION REQUIRED (DEADLINE OCT. 20) — APPLY NOW

 

Thank you for your support #LMPJuneJam

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BIG thank you to our supporters and LMP Alumni Committee members for making this year’s June Jam a success! Thank you especially to Katie Gutt, Alex Dest and Felicia Arriaga. We couldn’t have done it without you!

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The Latino Migration Project directs a number of award-winning programs: New Roots / Nuevas Raíces, Building Integrated Communities, and Guanajuato Connections.

And we’re just getting started.

In honor of our 10th birthday in 2017, we are raising $10,000 in the next two years to meet our goals. All donations will cover:

  • Sponsor five students to Guanajuato and support the education and economic development in the Mexican communities of origin of immigrants in North Carolina. Since 2007, APPLES Course Guanajuato alumni have pursued careers in fields that directly work with immigrants. These students are very competitive in a state and region with great need for a bilingual workforce with these skills: in fact, 97% of our alumni find jobs or enter graduate school within one year of graduating.
  • Support documenting how Latinos are making history in North Carolina by adding voices to the Southern Oral History Project’s Notable North Carolinians” oral history series. As an ongoing, permanent research initiative, New Roots / Nuevas Raíces has so far generated more than 175 audio-recorded interviews (a total of 200+ hours) and their full transcriptions, field notes and tape logs. It is one of the fastest growing collections of its kind, producing 40-50 new interviews annually that are archived with the Southern Oral History Program’s collections and in Wilson Library at UNC-Chapel Hill.
  • Expand Building Integrated Communities to work with more NC municipalities. So far, we’ve worked with 4 out of 100 NC counties. By 2017, we want to have worked with more. Building Integrated Communities has gained international and national recognition for its work with partner cities, so far having worked with High Point, Greenville and is currently working with Winston-Salem and Sanford.

Get Involved!

  • Join us the week of June 22-26 and SHARE your favorite photos and memories with the Latino Migration Project by tagging #LMPJuneJam. Whether you spent an alternative spring break in Guanajuato, recorded an oral history, or worked with Building Integrated Communities, we invite YOU to show your support.
  • Share the “Donate” button below with the direct link to donate, https://secure.dev.unc.edu/gift/Default.aspx?p=LMPU
  • Review the Online Fundraising Guide for more ideas to support the #LMPJuneJam

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Meet Alumni Leadership Committee Member, Felicia Arriaga

"For me, the project is a valuable resource where the stories of immigrants and those working with immigrants can be easily accessed." -Felicia Arriaga

“For me, the project is a valuable resource where the stories of immigrants and those working with immigrants can be easily accessed.” -Felicia Arriaga

The Latino Migration Project (LMP) is pleased to announce the creation of a new alumni leadership committee that will help ensure the legacy of LMP’s work in the coming years. Committee members will advise and coordinate with the LMP team on communication, upcoming events, and growth goals.

We first met Felicia Arriaga as the LMP ambassador, and now are so delighted to introduce her as a founding committee member.

Q: Felicia, thank you so much for joining us! First, please tell us more about yourself.

A: I’m from Hendersonville, NC and I’ve lived in Durham for the past 7 years, attending Duke University. I’m a third year PhD student in Sociology and I study the use of federal immigration enforcement at the local level of the criminal justice system.

Q: Tell us more about brought you to the Latino Migration Project. How did the experience impact you?

A: I think I read Mai Thi Nguyen and Hannah Gill’s report on 287(g) programs in the fall of 2013 while trying to put together a literature review for my proposed dissertation research. It was a fortunate coincidence that they are both here at UNC. After a little bit of research, I discovered that Hannah taught a really interesting course and as a graduate student I had the option of taking courses at UNC-CH, NC State, and NCCU. Unfortunately, there is not an immigration course offered in my home department, but I contacted Hannah to see if she would allow me to enroll in the Global Guanajuato course. I was able to participate in the course in the spring of 2014 and then I became the TA in the spring of 2015. I have learned so much about UNC students, about Guanajuato, about teaching, and so much more. This really is a great project where students can learn about the local and the global.

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Photo Credit: M.A.G. photography

Q: What do you tell your friends when they ask you about your experiences in Guanajuato? What’s your favorite memory?

A: Well, the first year I went to Guanajuato, I was definitely impressed by La Fundacion. When I was able to return this past spring, I was impressed by the progress they had made in Trancas. We were able to have movie nights with the youth in the new community center and we got to spend time with members of the neighborhood association. This year when we traveled to Mineral de Pozos, we were able to see the variety of projects being supported by La Fundacion. Another fun memory is the photo shoot that occurs near this old van in Pozos, courtesy of Michele from La Fundacion.

Q: What does the Latino Migration Project mean to you? Why should others care or get involved?

A: There are so many aspects of the Latino Migration Project that I can use in my teaching and community work. For me, the project is a valuable resource where the stories of immigrants and those working with immigrants can be easily accessed. I had the opportunity to conduct four oral histories for New Roots with Latino/a educators in North Carolina who are actively working to promote Latino/a student success. In many regards they were pioneers in the K-12 teaching profession and I think it’s important to raise up their stories and to recognize challenges that still exist in our education system for Latino/a students.

11046917_1011409445555716_914476530302252986_nQ: When you’re not pursuing your PhD, what do you enjoy doing?

A: I LOVE meeting new people so I try to go to a lot of different events, rallies, etc. I think it energizes me to know there are so many great groups out there working for social justice. I really enjoy being secluded without access to internet, facebook, etc. We don’t have internet at my house in Hendersonville, NC and growing up I thought it was a pain, but now it’s a blessing. I try to spend as much time with my familly and friends when I go home, and during the summer that means going swimming, hiking.

Thank you so much, Felicia! We look forward to a great year!