Organization Profile: Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE)

It seems that every day now, we receive live updates regarding the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine. The global community is abuzz with discussions about sanctions, reactions to heart-wrenching photos of suffering Ukrainians, and talks of a new refugee crisis in Europe. However, refugee crises are nothing new, with recent wars in the Middle … Continue reading Organization Profile: Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE)

FP 5: Bringing it all together.

In this final post, I want to further discuss how Casa Azafrán, the Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE), and the Tennessee Office for Refugees (TOR) all uniquely serve immigrants and refugees—but also work together—in order to create a well-founded network of support. Most of my time with these organizations was spent with Nashville’s refugees … Continue reading FP 5: Bringing it all together.

FP 3: Let’s share tea.

A few weeks after my first time volunteering with the Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE), I was invited to participate in their weekly “Community Day” English class at a nearby high school. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but when I arrived, I was warmly greeted by Karen, one of NICE’s adult education specialists. … Continue reading FP 3: Let’s share tea.

FP 2: We all bring gifts.

Not too long after I connected with Casa Azafrán, I heard back about volunteering with the Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE). I had reached out to Camila, a fellow student who had been involved with the organization for the past year, and she invited me to join a group event scheduled for that weekend. … Continue reading FP 2: We all bring gifts.

FP 1: We hold their secrets in our hands.

On a rainy afternoon, I visited Casa Azafrán (and Nolensville itself) for the first time. Greeted by signs in English, Spanish, and Arabic, I was pleasantly surprised by how the community center’s muted exterior gave way to a lively interior. With an assortment of toys stationed in one corner and a collection of informative pamphlets … Continue reading FP 1: We hold their secrets in our hands.