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The Immigrant Belonging Project

Frequently asked questions

Which communities will this project include?  

OIR and OBI will reach out to immigrants who speak English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Tagalog, Hindi, Farsi, Arabic, Russian, Korean, and Amharic to participate in the project. We will approach trusted community organizations to assist in this process.  

How can immigrant communities share their opinions?

We will collect information through a survey and community conversations. A survey has the opportunity to reach diverse immigrant groups. Conversations with the community can help with understanding experiences of belonging, service delivery, and other important priorities.    

Who will the survey reach?  

We aim to reach up to 2,500 immigrants living in Santa Clara County of diverse ethnicities, languages, income levels, and cities of residence. We will work with local, trusted organizations to reach our largest ethnic groups.   

Will qualitative experiences be considered?  

Yes. We plan to conduct focused interviews with community leaders who work with immigrants. Additionally, we will have 8 community conversations of 8-10 participants with different immigrant community groups.  

Who can participate in the community conversations? 

We will host 8 community conversations with 8-10 randomly invited individuals from the following immigrant communities: Latinos in South County (in Spanish), Latinos in San Jose/Mountain View (in Spanish), Vietnamese (in Vietnamese), Koreans (in Korean), East Africans, Muslims, US high school graduates ages 18-29, and those navigating and accessing disability services in the County.  

How can I support this project?  

Community-based partners can help by identifying members from the communities listed above for the community conversations. Those from the immigrant community can help by participating in the community conversation if invited. Invited participants will be contacted by a community-based partner or third-party agency via phone or email.  

Will participants be compensated for their participation​​? 

Participants who participate in the community conversations will receive a stipend for their time. 

How will supporting this project benefit immigrant communities and local organizations?  

Local organizations and decision makers can use project findings to inform policy, funding, and service priorities. High levels of survey participation will ensure local organizations, advocates, and public officials have the best information to support immigrant belonging in the county. 

Why is OIR partnering with UC Berkeley’s Othering and Belonging Institute (OBI) for this project?  

OIR is committed to fostering the full belonging of immigrant communities in the county. OBI has the expertise to identify challenges and gaps in experiences of belonging. They will be able to recommend how to improve policy, services, inclusion, and recognition of immigrants. 

Are there other similar projects that are happening? 

Yes, there is a Latino Health Assessment that is being conducted by the Public Health Department. The Office of Disability Affairs is also conducting a survey of families of children with disabilities, which may include Latino families.