Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS)

Expanding the Resource Directory for Immigrant and Refugee Communities at The Branch

Publication Date

Spring 5-4-2023


University College


Honors Program

BURS Faculty Advisor

Dr. Mary Pethel

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation


The Branch of Antioch is a nonprofit that serves many immigrant and refugee clients. These clients are in need of a comprehensive list of resources to fully address the intersectional barriers. It was noted that underserved communities have a lack of access to substantial resources involving legal aid, housing, and mental/physical health due to a lack of knowledge or language-based accessibility. By categorizing the most pressing needs of the clients and cross referencing them with the resources in the greater Nashville area, our group created a list of current resources with a point of contact for clients. After curating and compiling this directory, we created a brochure of the most useful organizations that offer aid to immigrant and refugee communities. The brochure was translated into four distinct languages that are commonly spoken at The Branch: Arabic, Spanish, Farsi, and Kurdish. Finally, a digital version of the brochure and the full online directory will sustainably live on The Branch’s website.

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