On March 15, Go Global NC held its first Global Leaders Forum, titled “Unlocking North Carolina’s Human Potential,” at SAS Executive Briefing Center. The event explored the economic benefits of family-friendly policies to companies and North Carolina. SAS Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Jenn Mann, the keynote speaker, shared the company’s philosophy for their multigenerational workforce and why it’s consistently named one of the top places to work at in the country. A panel of representatives from small and medium-sized businesses talked about programs they’ve put in place in their own companies as well as the resulting challenges and rewards. Jillian Munro, Senior Vice President for the Enterprise Cybersecurity Organization at Fidelity Investments, closed the event with a talk about her personal journey in the tech industry and the importance of keeping women engaged in the workforce.
We’re asking you to help us go Behind the Photograph. Each photograph tells a million stories and during our programs, participants take a lot of photographs. We invite you to help us learn the stories. All you have to do is to submit a photograph from your program travel and the story behind the moment. What were you learning? What made this moment stick out in your mind?
Our first Behind the Photograph is with Matt Scialdone, a participant in the Global Teachers South Africa 2016 program. Click below to listen to his story of a child demonstrating the ingenuity that he wants to teach all of his students.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — While Law enforcement officers around the country are under scrutiny for policing tactics, 24 men and women in blue from Mecklenburg and Union counties recently traveled to Mexico to gain a better understanding of the Latino communities they police here at home.
The goal of the program was to improve the officers’ cultural understanding by providing insight into the background and traditions of thousands of Latinos and Hispanics living in the state. Major Sherrie Pearsall of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said the experience will shape her approach forever.
“It hit so close to home, and we had our debrief and I think everybody in the room cried,” Pearsall said. “When you see other people, it is hard to misunderstand people once you sit at the dinner table.”
Pearsall and her colleagues will spend the next month sharing what they learned with fellow officers. The program – sponsored by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Foundation for the Carolinas, and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, and coordinated by Go Global NC – started in 1998; but this was the first year the trip was focused on community policing.
According to the U.S. Census, North Carolina has one of the nation’s fastest-growing Latino populations, and more than half are from Mexico.
Lorena Patterson, program director for the Go Global NC Latino Initiative, said the program’s benefits extend far beyond those who go on the trip.
“If you have the leadership in place with this understanding, and then you get the officers that have direct contact with the community on the same level of understanding, there’s got to be a way that they can work better for their communities,” Patterson said.
Corporal Freddy Karban with the Mint Hill Police Department said he hopes the program expands to include more of his colleagues.
“Having that cultural experience and understand where they’re coming from and how to build those relationships,” Karban said, “I feel like if every officer had the chance to experience this, the possibilities are limitless.”
Officers from Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Union County, Matthews, Monroe, Davidson, Pineville, Huntersville and Mint Hill were on this year’s trip. Go Global NC is looking at ways to expand the program.
Stephanie Carson, Public News Service – NC
A letter from Executive Director Rick Van Sant:
There can be no doubt that the United States finds itself in a period of changing and evolving global relationships. Actions taken by the leadership of our country have resulted in uncertainty about how we relate to the world. Many North Carolina residents question how these changes will affect them and what this means for our country’s, and state’s, engagement around the world.
Learning to navigate a changing world is essential to our progress. Despite the many questions and the challenges faced in this rapidly-changing climate, Go Global NC remains steadfast in our nonpolitical mission to bring North Carolina to the world and the world to North Carolina. We see opportunities for our great state to build on valuable relationships and create new ones that will continue growing North Carolina as the best place to live, work, study, visit, and call home.
Today in our state:
- More than 240,000 North Carolinians report to work at a foreign-owned company.
- International exports from North Carolina were worth $30 billion dollars as of 2015.
- 11% of North Carolinians speak a language other than English at home.
- 1 out of every 5 jobs in our state is now related to international trade.
- We have gone from 360 students to over 14,000 studying Mandarin Chinese, one of the many languages studied by 22% of North Carolina’s K-12 students.
The question of should North Carolina engage with the world has been answered – it must and already has. The question now is how North Carolina can expand on its success in collaborating and competing with the rest of the world.
For the past 35 years, one of Go Global NC’s focuses has been empowering North Carolina’s leadership in its efforts to find success through becoming more globally literate and culturally competent. We have seen firsthand how this new understanding has led to informed decisions in today’s diverse and globally connected society. We at Go Global NC remain passionately committed to the work of opening minds and growing awareness. We ask you to join us by being an advocate for economic opportunity, strong communities, globally-relevant schools, and acceptance that there can be no turning back from our future, a future that reflects our roots as a compassionate, open, and caring place… a place all North Carolinians can call home.
Rick Van Sant
Executive Director, Go Global NC
Inspired by her participation with Global Teachers South Africa 2016, Leslie Burwell wanted to share that experience with her visual arts students at Northwood High School in Pittsboro, NC. The result was the puppet show “One Home,” created with the help of the Paperhand Puppet Intervention. All proceeds from the November 18-19 shows went to Chatham United Way and LIV Village in South Africa.