Raleigh Team - Language Access Collaborative

Raleigh Team - Language Access Collaborative  (l-r: Omer Omer, Ellen Colón, Tierney Sneeringer, Jorge Gao, Luis Olivieri-Robert, Aracelys Torrez, Pete Weber, Jacob Barnhart)

Language Access Collaborative

Creating plans to expand communication with local residents in community languages

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Program Overview The Raleigh Collaborative Team

The Language Access Collaborative brings together teams of local governments and community organizations from nine N.C. locales to create plans to expand communication with local residents in community languages. The Collaborative is facilitated by the Building Integrated Communities (BIC) team at the Institute for the Study of the Americas at UNC Chapel Hill. 

The Collaborative is comprised of employees representing these local governments: Town of Apex, Buncombe County, City of Concord, City of High Point, New Hanover County, Town of Morrisville, City of Raleigh, City of Wilmington, and City of Winston-Salem. 

Program Overview

From January 2023 - January 2024 the Language Access Collaborative will host: 

  • 2 in-person Language Access Summits 
  • 6 virtual Workshop Learning Exchanges with Guest Speakers 
  • 2 virtual Exchanges with Team Presentations  

In addition to the workshops, between January 2023 – January 2025 each team will:  

  • take notes at each meeting to share with the public via website; 
  • conduct a staff language capacity assessment for the city, town, or county government they represent; 
  • present findings at a workshop and make a public presentation in their community;  
  • create or locate a community repository for all materials; 
  • write up a language access plan for their local government; 
  • present and secure approval for their language access plan; 
  • implement at least one recommendation from the plan (by Jan 2025); 
  • submit implementation grant proposal with budget to BIC (by Jan 2025). 

The Raleigh Collaborative Team

Name  Title  Email  Department  Phone 
Aracelys Torrez  Community Relations Analyst  aracelys.torrez@raleighnc.gov Department of Equity and Inclusion  919-996-5717 
Ellen Colón  Senior Community Relations Analyst  sueellen.colon@raleighnc.gov Office of Community Engagement  919-996-3842 
Jacob Barnhart  Community Relations Coordinator  jacob.barnhart@raleighnc.gov Public Utilities  919-996-2754 
Jorge Gao  Creative Director  jorge.gao@raleighnc.gov Communications  919-966-3011 
Luis Olivieri-Robert  Community Relations Analyst  luis.olivierirobert@raleighnc.gov  Housing and Neighborhoods  919-996-5714 
Pete Weber  Web Content Administrator  pete.weber@raleighnc.gov  Communications  919-996-3007
Tierney Sneeringer  Cultural Outreach and Enrichment Manager  tierney.sneeringer@raleighnc.gov  Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources  919-807-8545 
Omer Omer  Director of NC Field Office, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants  oomer@uscrimail.org  Partner Community Organization 

919-334-0072 ext. 4010 

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