Immigrant and Refugee Experience in NC

Alternative Service Experience (ASE) is back for Winter Break! 

Dates: Saturday, Dec. 11-Saturday,Dec. 18th

Cost: $200, includes travel, lodging and food (cash or check made out to Appalachian State)

Sign Up: Stop by the Office of Community-Engaged Leadership- PSU 134

This year we will be working with two Community Partners to focus on the immigrant and refugee experience in North Carolina. This program will include educational and hands-on components as we encounter and reflect on topics such as immigration reform and immigrant rights organizing, the experience of refugees, economic justice, and more! We will look at factors of being respectful and kind when entering a new community, looking at the assets of the community you're entering, what voluntourism is and the impact that it has on communities. 

OurBridgeOurBridge works with students in afterschool and summer programs and helps them get adjusted to their new home in the United States. In their program OurBridge focuses on four core values: “LERD (Love, Education, Respect, and Diversity), and support ELL (English Language Learners).

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North Carolina African Services Coalition (NCASC)- is a nonprofit, community-based organization dedicated to empowering refugees and immigrants of the Triad through direct social services and employment programs. It serves as a one-stop information source for refugees and immigrant communities to be self-sufficient and independent.

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Meet your Peer Leaders!

Lily Hornberger


Junior majoring in Healthcare Management with a minor in Non-Profit Organizations, French, and Business. 

Mailyn Greig-Ratz


Senior majoring in Food Outreach Studies with a minor in Public Health, ASL, and Photography.


Learning Partners

Heidi Campbell (she/her/hers) Staff Counselor


Michael Waters (he/him/his) Lead Consultant Info Tech Support Services


*Appalachian State University reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format in case of conditions beyond the University’s control.

Contact Us

Rm. 134, Plemmons Student Union
263 Locust Street
Boone, NC 28608
Fax: (828) 262-8078

Summer Wisdom
Assistant Director

Zack Beasley
Graduate Assistant