Mission Statement

A Day Without Immigrants by Elvert Barnes Protest Photography
Statue of Liberty and Close-up of Head by David Saddler

Welcome to The Voices of The Americas.

 We hope to bring forward the voices of immigrants  from Mexico, Central America, and South America who have made the difficult decision to leave behind their home countries in order to pursue more opportunities in Western North Carolina. 

This project was made possible with the help of Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) online classes. COPLACDigital is funded by the Mellon Foundation which enables students from all parts of the United States to connect online and share various perspectives on the project. This project was created in accordance to the COPLAC course Voices of Migration. Our colleagues focused on one specific migrant community to focus on and create oral histories.

We chose to focus on the largest population of immigrants in Western North Carolina- migrants from Mexico, Central and South America. Our main research questions will cover who/what they had to leave behind in order to provide for themselves/their families and how the current political climate in the US impacts their work/life. Being a migrant in the United States is a difficult choice but, a much more difficult way of life.

We will be consulting Companer@s Inmigrantes de las Montañas en Acción (CIMA) to learn more about our group.



Barnes, Elvert. A DAY WITHOUT IMMIGRANTS. 1 May 2006, www.flickr.com/photos/perspective/236971456.

Saddler, David. Statue of Liberty and Close-up of Head. 18 Mar. 2011, www.flickr.com/photos/80502454@N00/5555074456.