Community Conversations with Foreign-Born Residents of Chapel Hill

Post Date:01/05/2018 2:24 PM

A series of community conversations are scheduled in Chapel Hill over the next several weeks to hear from foreign-born and refugee community members about their experiences, challenges and ideas for town services and programming. 

The Community Conversations are part of the Building Integrated Communities Project. Chapel Hill was selected as one of two municipalities for the Building Integrated Communities (BIC) Initiative. BIC is housed at UNC, within the Latino Migration Project and is supported by funding from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. 

Following an assessment of community demographics, project leaders will move on to devise strategies to strengthen relationships, address community-identified issues, and support foreign-born residents’ civic engagement and leadership in Chapel Hill’s local government. 

Community Conversations are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, January 16      9 - 10:30 a.m. 

Seymour Senior Center 2551 Homestead Rd, Chapel Hill, 27516

Conversations in Mandarin, Korean, and English Languages


Saturday, January 20      11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Chapel Hill Public Library 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, 27514

Conversations in Arabic, Burmese, Russian, & English Languages;

Childcare provided


Thursday, February 15       7 - 8:30 p.m.

St. Thomas More Catholic Church 940 Carmichael St, Chapel Hill, 27514

Spanish & English languages; Childcare provided

BIC is a multi-year planning process that helps NC local governments successfully engage with local foreign-born, refugee, and Hispanic/Latinx residents in order to improve relationships, enhance communication, and promote civic participation and leadership in local government.  As a result of working with BIC, local governments and diverse community stakeholders gain tools and build capacity to generate locally relevant strategies for promoting economic development and strengthening educational advancement.  Since 2010, the statewide BIC initiative has partnered with the cities of Greenville, High Point, Winston-Salem, and Sanford to create and implement four citywide action plans for improving the socio-economic integration of newcomers.

For more information about the Chapel Hill BIC Project, contact:

Sarah Viñas, Assistant Director of the Chapel Hill Office of Housing & Community, at / +1 919-969-5079 (habla español)


Click here for information in Russian.

Click here for information in Mandarin.

Click here for information in Arabic.

Click here for information Burmese.

Click here for information in Korean.


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