News & Notes

  • Apr 2, 2017
    With just four more days left until YUM, we are getting extremely excited for an evening celebrating our immigrant communities and those who work hard for immigrant justice. YUM promotes immigrant-run Somerville restaurants, highlighting contributions of the city's immigrant communities. The YUM 2017 restaurant of the year award will be presented to Sheila Foley from The Neighborhood Restaurant. Additionally, two community members are honored for their incredible work in the community. Below is a sneak peak of the awardees. It’s not too late to buy YUM tickets! Just follow this link.


  • Mar 2, 2017
    For the next twelve weeks, the Welcome Project will be piloting a new trauma and leadership program for our intermediate/advanced ESOL students and other interested members in the community. The program aims to help immigrant adults in our community develop their personal narratives as a way to heal from emotional trauma as well as empower themselves as leaders. Central to the program is the belief that the skills acquired in overcoming trauma are the same skills needed to be a strong leader...
  • Feb 28, 2017
    Recently, Laurie Goldman, a professor in the UEP (Urban & Environmental Policy) department at Tufts University trained our LIPS students as researchers for the Somerville Gentrification Project. Started in 2015, the Somerville Gentrification project aims to “understand how residents of Somerville perceive and experience gentrification in their neighborhoods. The LIPS students will play a vital role in the data collection as they will be surveying individuals in their native languages. The goal of the most recent training was to familiarize our LIPS students with the process of gentrification as well as research ethics and the project’s survey materials.