Date: Saturday, October 5, 2013
Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Venue: School of Education Building (SOEB) Front Lobby at UNCG [Campus Map]
How this project emerged
From 2011 to 2013 faculty members and graduate students at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) engaged in a qualitative research project titled “Community Voices,” which entailed conducting focus groups with parents who represent local diverse language communities about their experiences with education in the US. The Coalition for Diverse Language Communities sponsored this project. The majority of participants identified as immigrants and refugees who shared stories about the mismatch between their ideas about US education and the reality of their children’s experiences in local schools. To extend the Community Voices work, faculty members Belinda Hardin and Silvia Bettez applied for and received a grant from the Coalition for Diverse Language Communities to develop this “Textured Dialogues” community service project. Soon after the grant was awarded, UNCG doctoral student Emily Manning assumed the main coordinating and organizing tasks, working closely with various community members and organizations.
About the project
This project reflects a collaboration between community members, non-profit organizations, and university faculty and students who wanted to create an opportunity for Greensboro area immigrant and refugee locals to share their stories about the meaning of education through the arts. The ultimate goal of this project is to circulate the resulting tapestry and a book containing the artists’ descriptions of their contributions to various community sites—colleges and universities, schools, non-profit agencies, community organizations, museums, art centers—to encourage dialogues about the beliefs, practices, experiences, and aspirations of immigrant and refugee families surrounding the meaning of education. Through the process of sharing these multifaceted ideas about education, we hope traditional U.S.-based educational practices in Guilford County and beyond can be improved.