Speaking Words of Wisdom

“Bring comfortable shoes.” “Don’t be too anxious.” “Bring an umbrella.” “Be open-minded, be a sponge. Be open to information.”

A panel of five law enforcement officials from the Charlotte–Mecklenburg Police Department offered advice to the upcoming delegation of Go Global NC’s Latino Initiative (LI) 2017 Law Enforcement participants. The alumni of the inaugural LI Law 2016 program imparted their wisdom to the 2017 participants, sharing how their experiences changed how they approached their work and their personal lives.

Officer Robert Roberts, one of the panelists, said he was skeptical of the experience before traveling. Having been told that the program was life-changing, he was still prepared to be underwhelmed. However, Roberts said, “It was a reality [that it was life-changing].” His coworkers teased him about his “vacation,” but he he felt it was important to make them understand the power of the experience he had on the program.

When asked about specific examples of how the program affected them, Officer Marty Baucom shared how his outlook on language barriers changed. Before the program, he did not understand why Latino immigrants didn’t speak English – until he met families in Guanajuato, Mexico and realized it takes time to learn a new language. After returning to the United States, Baucom participated in Spanish classes with fellow officers to do his part to bridge the language barrier, even traveling to Costa Rica for a month-long immersion program. As a result, he passed a language competency test within the department and is now considered bilingual.

Baucom also began participating in “Kops and Kids”, a program officers use to engage children and teenagers in Mecklenburg County. Focusing their efforts on the Latino community, officers began building trust and understanding with the youth in the area and their parents as well.

Major Sherie Pearsall followed up her learning experience in Mexico with a more personal approach to building relationships within the Latino community in her area, taking on two mentees – one from high school and one from middle school. She said the program helped her build empathy for anyone who is struggling, which is part of the reason that she sought mentorship opportunities.

The incoming 2017 participants hail from departments from across the state and include officers from police departments in Durham, UNC Wilmington, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg and sheriff from Orange County and Mecklenburg County Representatives from El Centro Hispano in Durham and UNC Wilmington’s Centro Hispano will also accompany the officers, expanding the partnership with community resources available for law enforcement officials. The group will be led by Lorena Patterson, Latino Initiative program director for Go Global NC.

During the 2017 program, Go Global NC will be providing live updates through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #LILaw17.

Go Global NC

May 16, 2016
for immediate release

CONTACT: Communications Director Stephanie Caplan
sccaplan@northcarolina.edu | (919) 237-7951

We have a New Name!
The University of North Carolina’s Center for International Understanding is now Go Global NC

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK — The Center for International Understanding (CIU) is proud to announce a name change and much more! CIU is now Go Global NC.

We are building on our 35-year track record of transformative global education by expanding our reach and impact. Go Global NC demonstrates our movement beyond understanding toward action as we empower North Carolina with the skills, understanding, connections, and knowledge to succeed in a global community.

What’s different? We have a beautiful new logo designed by the advertising agency Anoroc. We have a new name that both current and new partners can remember. We also have an amazing new website thanks to support from Common Impact and countless volunteer hours from a team of programmers and designers at Fidelity Investments: www.goglobalnc.org. Our commitment to build connections that bring opportunities to all North Carolinians is now grounded in implementing the nation’s first Blueprint for Global Engagement. All of our education and training efforts support this roadmap to position N.C. globally as a great place to invest, study, work, partner, and live.

What’s the same? Our strong global programs are what we’re known for and those will continue to be a core focus: Latino Initiative, Global Leaders, China Programs, and Global Teachers. Importantly, just as we have been since our founding in 1979, we remain part of The University of North Carolina, a world-class, 17-campus university system.

Mission: Our mission is connecting North Carolina to the world and the world to North Carolina. We look forward to working with policy, education, and business leaders across the state who are focused on making North Carolina the most globally engaged state in the nation.

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Welcome Our New Director of Communications

We are delighted to welcome our new Communications Director Lisa Yanke. Before joining us in July, Lisa managed communications and special events for NBCUniversal’s Office of the CIO. Previously, she gained diverse experience in strategic internal and executive communications, media relations, public and community relations, integrated marketing, event and project management and corporate training in roles of increasing responsibility at US West, Qwest Communications, R.H. Donnelley and Dex One. Please join us in welcoming her to the Go Global NC community!

Contact Lisa: layanke@northcarolina.edu