This is the second article highlighting the individual sessions from the Raleigh Neighborhood Exchange held on September 19, 2009. Our first post was about diversity in communities. This post is about being “In a New Community–Migration: adaption and integration,” part of a session held in Spanish, presented by Alfredo Gutierrez, Claudia Corletto-Coleman, Julie Garza, Nayely Perez-Huerta, and Olga Cadilla-Sayres.
This is a guest post by Jane Ruffin, Community Services Department.
A panel of people who moved to Raleigh from other countries, states, or cities participated in a Spanish-language session exploring the process of migration. The five panelists — an employee of the Mexican consulate, a writer, a radio announcer, a community organizer, and a teacher — talked about their backgrounds, thoughts and experiences adjusting to their new home and getting involved in the community.
One panelist described moving from one city in Texas to another, where she did not feel accepted by others of Mexican ancestry who no longer spoke Spanish. In Raleigh, she said, she found a community of more traditional Mexicans who put her at ease. (more…)