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On October 13, 2016 in Long Beach, California, UNC Chapel Hill’s research initiative New Roots/Nuevas Raices: Voices from Carolina del Norte was awarded the 2016 Elizabeth B. Mason Project Award in the major projects category from the Oral History Association (OHA). OHA is an organization committed to the development of oral history. “It is an honor to be selected for this award, which also honors the many people who have shared their stories and are shaping North Carolina history. We hope the archive will serve as a valuable resource for Latino communities, students and researchers now and in the future,” said Hannah Gill, director of New Roots.

New Roots/Nuevas Raices documents, through oral history, Latino migration, settlement and integration in North Carolina. Since its founding in 2007, the New Roots/Nuevas Raices project has conducted more than 100 interviews by staff and students. These interviews address, among other various themes, migrant experience, language and its barriers, education, youth activism and communication.

The initiative is led by the Latino Migration Project, a joint project of the Institute for the Study of the Americas (ISA) and the Center for Global Initiatives, in collaboration with the Southern Oral History Program and our UNC Libraries. The U.S. Department of Education and the National Endowment for the Humanities also help fund New Roots.