Latino Migration Project Community Partner Receives White House Recognition

Alvena HegginsAlvena Heggins, a community partner of UNC’s Latino Migration Project, will be recognized today at 1pm at an award ceremony at the White House honoring leaders across the nation who work to integrate immigrants civically, linguistically and socially into their neighborhoods. Heggins is the City of High Point Human Relations Director and has worked with the Latino Migration Project’s Building Integrated Communities initiative since 2009.

Building Integrated Communities is a statewide initiative that helps North Carolina local governments successfully engage with immigrants and refugee populations in order to improve public safety, promote economic development, enhance communication, and improve relationships.
Hannah Gill, Director of the Latino Migration Project, said, “We are delighted that these important efforts of creating equitable and inclusive communities in North Carolina are receiving national recognition. Engaged scholarship at UNC is dependent on strong partnerships with visionary community leaders across the state like Al Heggins.”
Alvena Heggins’ official bio on the White House site and a description of this work can be accessed at
The Latino Migration Project provides research and educational expertise on Latin American and Latino immigration and integration issues in North Carolina. It is a program of the Institute for the Study of the Americas and the Center for Global Initiatives at UNC Chapel Hill. For more information, visit
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