September 17, 2014
The Center for Urban & Regional Studies was proud to co-sponsor the Latino Migration Project’s summit on Immigrant Integration in NC, an event attended by over 70 participants from across the state. The conference built on the work of Building Integrated Communities, a statewide initiative to enable local governments to successfully engage with immigrants and refugee populations to improve public safety, promote economic development, enhance communication and improve relationships.
Immigrant representatives and local officials hailing from Charlotte, Greensboro, High Point and Greenville gave presentations on both successful strategies and challenges they face in engaging and empowering immigrant populations in their municipalities. Efforts to work with local politicians on practical projects, such as improving public transportation options and economic development, emerged as pragmatic strategies to improve immigrant quality of life.
Following the keynote address by Patience Lehrman, Special Assistant to the Dean at the College of Education at Temple University and a 2012 recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal, attendees were invited to participate in small group workshops to discuss barriers to immigrant integration in their own communities, outline the support needed to do their work, and identify methods to measure effectiveness in integration strategies. The Center’s Associate Director Todd Owen facilitated one of the discussion groups.
After reconvening the large group and sharing the small group discussion, the summit closed with a presentation by Dan Rearick, Executive Director of Uniting NC, about connecting to national networks and resources to achieve maximum impact on the local level.
Read the Latino Migration Project’s Immigrant Integration Summit Report.