What is Building Integrated Communities?
The Chapel Hill Building Integrated Communities Project (Chapel Hill BIC) is a two-year collaboration between the Town of Chapel Hill, local community groups and residents, and the statewide Building Integrated Communities program at UNC-Chapel Hill.
|Community Assessment Full Report
Chapel Hill BIC is a community planning project, which means that community members and government staff are working together to develop town plans. The goals of Chapel Hill BIC are to:
- Share and build knowledge about Chapel Hill’s foreign-born and refugee communities
- Improve relationships and communication with foreign-born “newcomers”to Chapel Hill
- Support resident participation in local government
Achieving these goals is a three-phase process. The first phase, a community assessment, gathered information on immigrant and refugee residents and their recommendations to improve local government. Chapel Hill’s 2018 Community Assessment Report reflects the valuable input of 250+ local residents. Check out the Executive Summary and Full Report in the blue tables to the right.
The next two phases of the initiative are action planning and implementation.
The Town's Action Plan, published in February 2019, was jointly developed in collaboration with representatives from Chapel Hill's immigrant and refugee focused organizations.Check out the Action Plan in the green table to the right.
Learn more about Chapel Hill BIC by watching this video!
What are we doing now?
The graphic below shows the Chapel Hill BIC project timeline.
During this project, we will use this web page to share any helpful information or materials that we create, such as community reports or town plans. You can also sign up below to receive updates and materials by email.
In the News
- Chapel Hill selected for grant-funded project to strengthen newcomers' engagement in local government, April 2017
- Latino Migration Project Selects Chapel Hill for Partnership, April 2017, Chapelboro
- Town of Chapel Hill and UNC aim to bridge the gap for immigrant and refugee residents, January 2018, Daily Tar Heel
- Chapel Hill Engaging Foreign, Refugee, and Latinx Residents Through Local Government, February 2018, Chapelboro
- Chapel Hill Reaches Residents Born in Other Countries: Improving relationships and supporting participation in local government, November 2018
- Chapel Hill's immigrant and refugee residents bring up new issues about the town, November 2018, Daily Tar Heel
- Chapel Hill BIC is featured on a dedicated page on the United States Conference of Mayors website focused on Inclusive and Compassionate Cities. Check out our featured article here!
How can you be involved?
The Chapel Hill BIC Project is guided by a local steering committee (leadership team) of 25+ people who meet every month. The members of the Chapel Hill Steering Committee include:
- Town and county staff
- Community members from local refugee and Hispanic/Latinx advocacy and service groups, diverse faith communities, and health organizations
- Other foreign-born community leaders
This committee will host discussion groups and public meetings to listen to ideas from other residents. Please sign up at http://migration.unc.edu/programs/bic/chapelhill/ to receive invitations to these events!
Want more information?
For more information about the Chapel Hill BIC Project, contact:
Sarah Viñas, Assistant Director of the Chapel Hill Office of Housing & Community, at
firstname.lastname@example.org / +1 919-969-5079 (habla español)
The statewide BIC initiative provides in-depth research and facilitation support to local government partners for integration planning.