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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!

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

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.

Nuevo reporte sobre las comunidades hispanas de Sanford ahora disponible en español

CCI en Sanford y el Condado de LeeSubcomités, residentes locales utilizando hallazgos para crear un plan de acción dirigido a la integración inmigrante

Contacto: Jessica White, Investigadora y Coordinadora de BIC, Proyecto de Migración Latina en UNC-CH

JL4@email.unc.edu; Tel. 919-962-2414; Fax 919-962-0398

PARA PUBLICACIÓN INMEDIATA:

SANFORD Y CHAPEL HILL, NC, 14 DE ENERO DEL 2016: Investigadores y traductores del Proyecto de Migración Latina en la Universidad de Carolina del Norte (UNC) en Chapel Hill han publicado la traducción completa al español de su reporte de septiembre sobre las comunidades inmigrantes e hispanas/latinas de Sanford y el Condado de Forsyth. El asesoramiento en profundidad fue completado como el primero paso del programa Construyendo Comunidades Integradas (BIC por sus siglas en inglés) en Sanford, una iniciativa de colaboración de tres años entre los gobiernos de la ciudad/el condado, residentes inmigrantes, y líderes de organizaciones locales. BIC en Sanford es proceso de planificación con los objetivos de abordar los problemas afectando a los recién llegados locales, aumentar el acceso a las oportunidades de liderazgo, promover el desarrollo económico, y mejorar relaciones. Ambos el reporte original en inglés y la traducción al español están a la disposición del público en línea en http://migration.unc.edu/programs/bic/reports-and-resources/.

El reporte, Construyendo Comunidades Integradas en Sanford y el Condado de Lee, Carolina del Norte: Demografía y perspectivas de residentes inmigrantes, provee un perfil demográfico completo de los residentes inmigrantes en Sanford y el Condado de Lee; un repaso de los recursos institucionales y organizacionales en la comunidad; y descripciones de las perspectivas y recomendaciones de más de 300 residentes de 14 países distintos quienes fueron encuestados sobre sus experiencias, así como más de 200 residentes quienes participaron en reuniones públicas bilingües en el 2015. Un Resumen Ejecutivo (pp. 8-12) resume los mayores problemas y recomendaciones relacionadas que los residentes identificaron para apoyar la integración inmigrante local, incluyendo: Acceso al cuidado de salud; licencias de conducir e identificación (ID) alternativa; educación y escuelas; comunicación gubernamental; actividades policiales; transporte público; y trabajo y los derechos de los trabajadores.

Información de este asesoramiento ya está guiando la creación colaborativa de un Plan de Acción para la integración inmigrante local. Se han formado tres Subcomités de Acción encargados de investigar y seleccionar estrategias específicas para mejorar tres asuntos prioritarios: Comunicaciones entre los gobiernos locales y la comunidad hispana, ID/relaciones con la policía, y transportación pública. Los miembros de los subcomités incluyen copresidentes del Comité de Planificación de BIC en Sanford así como otros residentes que participaron en una sesión pública de estrategia en noviembre. Los subcomités comienzan a reunirse este mes y el siguiente con el objetivo de compartir sus recomendaciones con el Comité de Planificación en pleno este abril.

 

Local residents ponder issues facing immigrants, Sanford Herald Feature

By Zach Potter zpotter@sanfordherald.com
Nov 14, 2015

Nov. 14–SANFORD — The relationship between Sanford immigrant communities and police, access to public transportation and effective communication between local governments and immigrants are the biggest challenges facing Lee County’s Hispanic population, according to the results of a year-long study by the Latino Migration Project.

“Sanford Building Integrated Communities is a three-year project,” LMP Director Hannah Gill told a crowd of about 80 people, which included immigrants and Sanford natives, gathered for a BIC meeting at Jonesboro United Methodist Church Thursday night. “During the first year, many of you completed surveys or came to public meetings to help us learn about strengths, resources and the biggest problems facing local immigrant communities.”

Thursday’s meeting presented a chance for local residents to brainstorm solutions to the three major problem areas the Building Integrated Communities project, sponsored by the UNC-Chapel Hill LMP to help municipal governments better relate to cities’immigrant populations, identified during its study.

“After the meeting, we will go back to the drawing board with those suggestions to determine the feasibility of [different strategies],” Gill said Thursday. “[Tonight] is one big brainstorming session.”

Those present split into three groups to speak to the issue most important to them, and the group discussing immigrant-police relationships, comprised of more than 40 residents, was by far the largest.

Attendees highlighted checkpoints targeting immigrants, the lack of valid IDs available to undocumented immigrants and a language barrier between officers and immigrants as the major problem areas in police-immigrant relations.

“The ID is the most important solution to all of these problems,” said one woman via a translator. “We have to have IDs. We pay taxes whenever we go to the store; we deserve this. It solves a lot of the other problems. We can’t live here without ID. Our children are given IDs when they go to school; how come we can’t get IDs?”

Don Kovasckitz, Sanford’s geographic information systems administrator, joined the group discussing government communication.

“We discussed providing Spanish translations of both city and county government websites,” Kovasckitz said Friday. “We also discussed additional involvement in local government by our local Hispanic groups, how they can run for office. There were some really sharp people in that group. They had a lot of great ideas. The biggest one was getting government websites and announcements available in Spanish.”

Sid Morgan, transportation coordinator for the County of Lee Transit System, said the discussion on public transportation led to some concrete ideas he hoped to implement before the end of the year.

“We were really shocked and surprised how little [the Latino community] knew about our public transportation system,” Morgan said. “We know we’ve got our job cut out for us as far as going out and re-marketing to this segment of the population.”

Morgan said he hoped to add stops to the COLTS routes to better accommodate Hispanic residents, which constitute almost 20 percent of Lee County’s population but just 3 percent of COLTS clientele.

“There are some concentrated areas where Hispanics tend to live together,” Morgan said. “And we’re going to look at those areas and try to get them the transport they need, especially going into the winter months.”

Gill said Thursday’s meeting was the first step in creating feasible, sustainable plans to improve immigrants‘ relationships with their city and county.

“We’re very happy with the participation of Latino community members in this ongoing work,” Gill said Friday. “And we’re appreciative of all of the great ideas that were shared.”

For more information on BIC and to find out about future meetings — which have not yet been scheduled — and BIC events in Lee County, join the LMP’s email list at migration.unc.edu/email.

Credit: The Sanford Herald, N.C.

Sanford City Council Success/Éxito con el Consejo de la Ciudad

CONGRATULATIONS to Sanford BIC Committee Members Rev. Erika Martínez Flores and Santiago Giraldo for delivering powerful addresses to Sanford City Council August 12 on behalf of Sanford BIC and the local immigrant community. You can watch them on the Sanford.gov website:

http://sanfordnc.net/City_Government/Council/meetings_video.htm

(Click on “08-12-15”; requires Windows Media Player.)

Rev. Erika’s speech begins @36:52 and Santiago’s speech @40:20!

FELICIDADES a la Rev. Erika Martínez Flores y el Sr. Santiago Giraldo, miembros del Comité de BIC, por dar discursos poderosos al Consejo de la Ciudad de Sanford 12 de agosto en nombre de Sanford BIC y la comunidad inmigrante local. Pueden verlos en el sitio de Sanford.gov:
http://sanfordnc.net/City_Government/Council/meetings_video.htm
(Haga clic en el “08-12-15”; se requiere Windows Media Player para tocarlo.)
La Rev. Erika habla @36:52 y Santiago @40:20!

Building Integrated Communities—Sanford Public Meeting Success!

We are pleased to announce the Saturday Sanford Building Integrated Communities public forum was a success! An estimated 200 participants engaged in conversations to share many important perspectives that the Building Integrated Communities team will begin to summarize.

Mayor Chet Mann and Councilwoman Rebecca Wyhof attended and participated in group discussions, showing great support for the work to follow. We thank Deacon Emilio Mejia and everyone who attended. Enjoy the photos (below)!

HOLA NOTICIAS: Convocatoria a inmigrantes

News site HolaNoticias.com featured Spanish language coverage of Building Integrated Communities' second public meeting in Winston Salem. The city was selected as a BIC partner in 2014 and is encouraging local immigrants to share their needs as well as participate in city planning for improved integration.

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Sanford Herald Feature “Take 5: Work Continues Toward Immigrant Integration”

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The following was a front page feature in The Sanford Herald. The city became a Building Integrated Communities partner in 2014 and previously hosted a public meeting where Mayor Chet Mann put forth an invitation to Latino community members to take part in the city and county leadership. The Sanford Herald sat down with LMP Director Dr. Hannah Gill who explains next steps, current data, and more about being a Building Integrated Communities partner.

Q: Building Integrated Communities hosted its first public meeting for Lee County’s immigrant residents back in March; the second is scheduled for this coming Tuesday. Remind us first about BIC’s purpose and the reason for hosting these meetings here.

A: Building Integrated Communities is a statewide initiative that helps North Carolina local governments successfully engage with Latinos and other immigrant communities in order to improve public safety, promote economic development, enhance communication and improve relationships. As a result of working with BIC, local governments and community stakeholders generate locally relevant strategies to strengthen immigrant civic engagement, linguistic achievement and economic/educational advancement. BIC is a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in partnership with municipalities across the state. Sanford, along with Winston Salem, was selected for this unique opportunity with the support of the Sanford City Council.

Q: What’s on tap for the second meeting?

A: The meeting will start with a brief bilingual presentation to share background about the Sanford BIC project, as well as some of what we have learned so far from research and a community survey with immigrants. Then, we will open up the discussion to everyone so that we can hear more direct input from immigrant residents about their experiences and needs.

Q: In his remarks at the first meeting, Sanford Mayor Chet Mann said that making immigrants a “more vibrant part of the community” was one of the city’s goals. How does that occur?

A: As part of this process, we are inviting residents of Sanford and Lee County to share their perspectives and strategies for immigrant integration.

Q: In his speech, the mayor invited Latino community members to seek out leadership roles in municipal government, which can include serving on boards and commissions and running for elected offices. As part of your group’s work, you conducted a survey with immigrant residents of Sanford. What did the results of that survey show?

A: The Sanford BIC Committee did a great job collecting 314 surveys from residents of diverse origins and immigrant generations, including Latino youth. These residents shared a lot of important information about their experiences in Sanford and Lee County, and we will be sharing that in our complete report (along with demographic, employment and other data) on our website in May. Currently, Latino residents make up 18 percent of Lee County’s total population. Latinos are a diverse group with roots in many different Latin American countries that include El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Peru and Colombia. Nearly half of Lee County’s Latino residents are U.S. born citizens.

Q: You’ve stated that one reason immigrants aren’t more integrated into certain communities is communication, which includes both language barriers and the host community being more inclusive. You’ve said you and your staff would help Sanford create an action plan to create a more integrated community … what’s the status of that?

A: I would add that in addition to communication issues, immigrants face educational, economic and health care barriers (a disproportionate number of Latinos live below the poverty line) and lack of representation in elected and appointed offices at all levels of government in North Carolina. Following these public meetings, we will bring together Latino residents and city leaders to work toward solutions to some of these integration barriers. Part of that planning process will involve looking at promising practices that other municipalities in the United State have adopted to address these issues.

Q: What “next steps” do you see as we move forward?

A: We will compile all results from our research, surveys, and feedback from public meetings into a report to identify needs and barriers to immigrant integration. Then we will create strategies to address identified needs, which will take the form of a recommended action plan for the city. We invite community members to participate in all stages of the process.

Calling All North Carolina Municipalities: Apply Today!

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Request for Applications

BUILDING INTEGRATED COMMUNITIES

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA at CHAPEL HILL

The Latino Migration Project

Issued: Feb. 2014

Submission Deadline: April 5, 2014

Prospective Applicant Webinar Meeting: March 19, 2014

The Latino Migration Project invites applications from city and county governments in North Carolina to join Building Integrated Communities. Building Integrated Communities is an initiative that strengthens civic engagement, linguistic achievement, and economic and educational advancement for immigrants in NC municipalities. This statewide initiative helps North Carolina local governments successfully engage with immigrants and refugee populations to improve public safety, promote economic development, enhance communication, and improve relationships.

Since 2010, Building Integrated Communities has worked with the cities of Greenville and High Point to create and implement citywide immigrant integration plans, the first such plans in the South. Between 2010 and 2012, more than 250 foreign-born residents representing 26 countries participated in these planning processes. Successful initiatives include an Interfaith Advisory Committee, increased provisions of bilingual information, access to transit systems in immigrant communities, and formulating steps to link immigrants, service providers, and established residents through personal interaction and increased cultural knowledge.

Join these important efforts and apply today! Click here for more information.