Department of Anthropology
The Nuevo South Action Research Collaborative

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Historical Perspectives on Immigration Forum. On April 2, 2011, David Griffith and Ricardo Contreras of East Carolina University and several professors from local colleges in the Washington state area came together at the Yakima Valley Museum for a forum on the historical perspectives of immigration. Organized by Anita May and  the Society for Applied Anthropology, the forum brought together over a hundred members of the Latino and Native American communities in the Washington area. To find out more about the event, you can find a full report here courtesy of KNDO in Yakima, WA.

Forum University-Community Collaboration.  On October 29 2010, the NSARC brought together community leaders, faculty, and students to discuss ways of enhancing and strengthening the university partnership with the Latino community.  It was a highly successful event that set the stage for the development of specific projects dealing with issues that participants consider crucial, including education, cultural competency, health, and cultural identity.

                      Round-table Oct. 29 2010

 Past Events

Second Latino Leadership Summit. On June 4 and 5, AMEXCAN in partnership with ECU held the "Second Latino Leadership Summit: Challenges and Opportunities in North Carolina."  Click here for program.  The Summit brought together family members, academics, advocates, and policy makers to discuss best practices in immigration, civic engagement, health, and entrepreneurship.  Presenters  from organizations working with Latinos in North Carolina, California, Arizona, and Indiana shared with the audience their perspectives about how to best serve this community.  The keynote speaker was Dr. Juana Watson, Indiana Governor's Senior Advisor on Latino Affairs, and the Lunch Invited Speaker was Dr. David Griffith from the ECU Department of Anthropology, who presented the findings of a study on Latino entrepreneurship in North Carolina.  

Health Fair.  With the support of Pitt Memorial Hospital Foundation and in collaboration with ECU, on May 9 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, the AMEXCAN Diabetes Awareness Project will hold its health fair at the Boys & Girls Club of North Greenville (475 Belvoir Highway).  The Health Fair is part of AMEXCAN's efforts to improve access to health services and encourage healthy lifestyles in the Latino community. Basic health screenings for diabetes, hypertension, overweight and obesity, and HIV testing will be available at the Health Fair. Community health centers and various agencies will provide attendees with information about local resources and how to seek necessary care. There will also be  cultural activities that help promote nutritious eating habits and exercise. There will be opportunities for participants to play in soccer tournaments, eat healthy traditional food dishes, and perform traditional dances.  Click here for flyer in English and here for flyer in Spanish.

Community Forum.  April 18, 2009.  Tarboro.  Service providers will inform the Latino community of Edgecombe County about access to health, immigration, and education services.  Click here for more information.  Click here for a newspaper article reporting on the event.

Proclamation at the Tarboro City Council.  On April 13, the Edgecombe-Nash-Wilson youth group from the project "Jóvenes Latinos en Acción" visited the City Council of the Town of Tarboro.  The visit had the purpose of reading a proclamation stating that the city of Tarboro fomally supports the community health forum that is going to be held on April 18.  The proclamation also served as an opportunity to introduce to the Tarboro community the youth group that was created as part of the civic engagement project sponsored by the North Carolina Civic Education Consortium.  See below photograph showing the youth group, parents, and members of the Tarboro City Council.

Tarboro City Council-550+260

Latino Education Forum.   East Carolina University, in partnership with AMEXCAN, is  holding the Latino Education Forum-Creating Opportunities For Latino Access to Education: Pitt County.  Friday March 27, 2009, 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM.  Willis Building, 300 East First Street, Greenville, NC 27858. For more information, click here. dddd

Conference Presentations.   On March 13 and 14, 2009, members of the NSCRI team presented at the Annual conference of the Southern Anthropological Society, which took place in Wilmington, NC.  They presented some of the preliminary findings from two of the research projects currently being implemented in collaboration with AMEXCAN.  Shahna Arps was the lead author of a paper examining perceptions of diabetes, nutrition, and physical activity.  The paper describes explanatory models of diabetes among Latino residents of Pitt County as well as some of the strategies they use/would like to use to prevent the disease.  Particular emphasis is given to the lifestyle changes people have experienced since migrating to the US and the importance of culturally-appropriate diet and physical activity.  Luci Fernandes was the lead person of a paper describing participatory research strategies for diabetes prevention.  The paper proposes the creation of participatory initiatives that articulate local knowledge and resources that can be linked with other local resources available at the University, namely students and faculty. The authors propose to use arts, music, and dance as creative strategies for health promotion and education. An important point made in this paper is that these creative strategies will recognize the cultural diversity so characteristic of the Latino immigrant community.

Finally, Contreras and Griffith presented a paper discussing preliminary findings of the Latino Business Inventory Study, which is funded by the Center on Diversity and Inequality Research and the Department of Anthropology.  The paper examines the role played by networks of trust in the establishment and development of businesses. Trust, as a central component of social capital, allows business owners to function at the margins of the formal financial credit system, to be competitive vis-à-vis mainstream and other Latino businesses, and to secure a stable and faithful clientele.  This trust is represented through several different practices, including the selling of products that are culturally meaningful to clients, the provision of services that connect customers to community resources, and the provision of direct assistance to clients through cultural translation.  The authors propose that small Latino business owners play an important culture brokerage role in their communities.  In partnership with AMEXCAN, the NSCRI team will translate these findings into specific implementation projects that can benefit small Latino business owners and the local community.

Latino Health Coordinating Group.  On Wednesday February 4, the Latino Health Coordinating Group was established.  This group comes together under the umbrella of the ECU Latino Initiative with the purpose of providing a framework for collaboration in health research, teaching, and services with the Latino community of Eastern North Carolina.  The group is coordinated by Drs. David Conde, Special Assistant for Latino Initiatives, and Leonard Trujillo, Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy.