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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.

We congratulate the City and all of the community stakeholders on this collaborative work!

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.


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!

WATCH NOW: New Roots/Nuevas Raíces Documentary



New Roots/Nuevas Raíces is a digital archive that contains the oral histories of Latin American migrants in North Carolina and the experiences of North Carolinians that have worked for the integration of new settlers into this southern state. Latino migrants have put down new roots in the United States South and opened up a distinct chapter in the long history of Latin American migration to the United States. Visit to explore the archive.

New Roots/Nuevas Raíces es un archivo digital que contiene las historias orales de migrantes latinoamericanos en Carolina del Norte y las experiencias de las personas de Carolina del Norte que han trabajado para la integración de los nuevos pobladores de este estado sureño. Los migrantes latinoamericanos han puesto nuevas raíces en el Sur de los Estados Unidos y han abierto un nuevo y diferente capítulo en la larga historia de la migración latinoamericana en Estados Unidos. Visite para explorar el archivo.

New Report Shines Light on Path to Local Immigrant Integration

BIC_WSContact: Jessica ‘Jessicalee’ White, Researcher and Program Coordinator, Building Integrated Communities/Latino Migration Project; Tel. 610-220-3782; Fax 919-962-0398


New Report Shines Light on Path to Local Immigrant Integration
BIC assessment reveals experiences, recommendations of diverse foreign-born residents in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County

Winston-Salem, NC, August 3, 2015: Researchers from the Latino Migration Project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill published findings today from a year-long assessment of the more than 32,000 foreign-born residents in Forsyth County. The research was conducted as part of Winston-Salem Building Integrated Communities (BIC), a collaborative initiative of the Winston-Salem Department of Human Relations, local residents and organization leaders, and the Latino Migration Project. It represents the first major step in an innovative, three-year planning process to address the issues facing local newcomers, enhance access to leadership opportunities, promote economic development, and improve relationships.

The report is currently available to the public in English at . A full Spanish translation will also be published this week.

In addition to providing a demographic profile complete with mapped population percentages, the report highlights the input of more than 200 Forsyth County residents from 23 different countries of origin who completed surveys about their local experiences, as well as 200 residents who participated in public meetings in March and April. An Executive Summary describes major issues that residents identified: Public transportation, discrimination by police, documentation status, domestic violence/intimate partner violence, driver’s licenses and alternative ID, educational support, English language education, government communication, healthcare access, neighborhood crime, recreational resources, and workplace discrimination.

Winston-Salem BIC will use its enhanced understanding of the issues affecting local communities to create a comprehensive action plan for local immigrant integration. Foreign-born residents of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County are especially invited to participate in the planning process. Interested residents should contact Jessica ‘Jessicalee’ White, BIC Researcher and Coordinator, at 919-962-2414 or (habla español) or Wanda Allen-Abraha, Director of Winston-Salem Human Relations, at 336-734-1226 or

HOLA NOTICIAS: Convocatoria a inmigrantes

News site 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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