UNCG’s Center for New North Carolinians and its interns will host a symposium “Working in the Midst of Adversity: The Cone and Summit Experience” Thursday, April 25, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
It will be held at Christ Church 414 N. Church St.
The purpose is to reflect on a series of events that happened last year affecting the refugee community. In May, 2018, a tragic apartment fire in Northeast Greensboro resulted in the death of 5 refugee children who came to the U.S. with their parents from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The fire spurred a city-wide conversation regarding the state of the entire apartment complex and in September 2018, almost all of the units were condemned by the city. Over 30 families had to relocate, all but one being foreign-born. The CNNC along with lots of other community partners assisted in the process of the families moving.
The center’s social work student interns, which include UNCG students and students from other universities, were instrumental in that process and are still providing case management to a number of those families. The symposium is an intern-led event that will include a panel of intern voices, a panel of residents from the apartments, and other community partners who assisted in the process.