Building Integrated Communities (BIC) is a community planning and leadership initiative that partners with North Carolina local governments to create inclusive practices and policies for residents born in other countries. Local governments and community stakeholders work together to improve communication, public safety, mobility, entrepreneurship, and leadership of immigrant and refugee residents.
This program is supported by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.
Since 2010, the statewide BIC initiative has partnered with the local governments of Chapel Hill, Siler City, Greenville, High Point, Winston-Salem, and Sanford to create and implement action plans for improving the socio-economic integration of newcomers. To date, more than 2000 foreign-born residents from 26 countries of origin have participated in these planning processes.
OutcomesWe conduct a bilingual or multilingual participatory assessment of local demographics, resources, experiences, and challenges. We provide leadership development and capacity building to enhance residents’ knowledge of local government functions. We generate consensus-based strategies to strengthen relationships, address community-identified issues, and support residents’ civic engagement and leadership in local government.
Facilitation and Technical Assistance from UNC
The staff of the BIC program at UNC-Chapel Hill can provide the following to project partners:Project coordination and communications Participatory community assessment and bilingual reporting Workshop planning and facilitation Technical assistance for strategy and implementation Expertise on immigrant integration practices from North Carolina and beyond
BIC works with two local governments on a pro-bono basis for three year cycles. We invite local governments to apply to the 2020-2023 cycle, deadline January 15, 2020. BIC offers consulting services to local governments, community groups organizations, and businesses. For more information, please contact Hannah Gill, 919-962-5453. Se habla español.