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2020 Newcomers Symposium

The City of Winston-Salem BIC Program

The Newcomers Symposium convened audiences from across the state for a third year, this time as a free virtual event. The Symposium took place on November 10 and was organized by The City of Winston-Salem Building Integrated Communities (BIC) Program and The Institute for the Study of the Americas at UNC Chapel Hill. The Winston Salem BIC collaborative is comprised of the City of Winston-Salem Human Relations Department, Forsyth Technical Community College, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, Legal Aid of North Carolina-Winston-Salem Office, The Hispanic League, Novant Health, Wake Forest Baptist Health, World Relief-Triad, City of Winston-Salem Police Department, and the City of Winston-Salem Department of Transportation. To read about the seven-year history of the collaborative, visit here

More than two hundred people registered for the Symposium’s six panels, which covered topics including local government language access, resources for K-5 English language learners, COVID-19 and fair housing policies, mental health in the context of COVID-19, human trafficking, and racial equity in local government. The speakers represented local government, non-profit, health, legal, and educational organizations.

To view resources and videos of the event, visit the City of Winston-Salem’s BIC website


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