COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts in Migrant Communities: Evidence from Charlotte and Atlanta

March 16, 2022 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated pre-existing inequities across the US and made more visible socio-economic gaps and health disparities among different groups in the population. Specifically, migrant communities (especially Latinx communities) have emerged as one of the most impacted groups. This speaker event explores the multifaceted impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on migrant communities in two US southeast cities. Leaders from two organizations, the Camino Community Center in Charlotte and We Love Buford Highway in Atlanta, will share about the impacts their communities have experienced and how their organizations have pivoted in response to the pandemic.

Lennin Caro is a cultural anthropologist who holds a MA degree in Anthropology from UNC-Charlotte. He currently teaches introductory anthropology courses at UNC-Charlotte and works as a Research Assistant at Camino Research Institute in Charlotte (NC). Camino Research Institute is committed to producing research in support of Latino/a/x communities in and around Charlotte. Lennin will discuss findings from a recent study on the physical, emotional, and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Latino communities in and around the Charlotte area.

Lily Pabian is the Executive Director of We Love Buford Highway with more than 30 years of experience in B2B, B2C, consultancy, and non-profit industries. We Love Buford Highway is a nonprofit organization committed to preserving the multicultural identity of Atlanta‚Äôs Buford Highway, a multiethnic corridor in the northeastern part of the Atlanta metro area. Lily will talk about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on communities tied to the Buford Highway area and efforts to pivot back to their storytelling roots as an important advocacy strategy for preservation.

This event is organized by Colleen Hammelman, Assistant Professor, and Sara Tornabene, PhD Candidate, in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences. It is supported by NSF Grant No. 1945132, the Migration Research Network, the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences Urban Studies Minor.