Cohort 4: COVID-19/Immigration

Issue at Hand

2020 was an eventful year in American history: simultaneously reckoning with racial justice, a once-in-hundred-years pandemic, a high stakes election, and economic downturns. Leaders were called to be at the forefront of North Carolina’s response: Being presented with changing information, lead people with humility in light of great loss, and weighing options between over- and under-action

NCLF brought 34 participants from across the state to meet for a two-day in-person meeting in March at Duke University, and for two small-group sessions, and 3 full-group sessions on Zoom from April to November of 2020. Participants included legislators, non-profit leaders, and business leaders to initially discuss immigration, but the forum switched to discuss the state’s response to COVID-19 in light of the urgent issue.

2020 was an eventful year in American history: simultaneously reckoning with racial justice, a once-in-hundred-years pandemic, a high stakes election, and economic downturns. Leaders were called to be at the forefront of North Carolina’s response: Being presented with changing information, lead people with humility in light of great loss, and weighing options between over- and under-action

NCLF brought 34 participants from across the state to meet for a two-day in-person meeting in March at Duke University, and for two small-group sessions, and 3 full-group sessions on Zoom from April to November of 2020. Participants included legislators, non-profit leaders, and business leaders to initially discuss immigration, but the forum switched to discuss the state’s response to COVID-19 in light of the urgent issue.

Cohort 4: COVID-19/Immigration Final Report

This report summarizes the proceedings and findings of the fourth year of NCLF. Initially, we explored the question, “How should North Carolina and North Carolinians respond to the opportunities and challenges of immigration?” In response to COVID-19, NCLF changed our question to be “How Should North Carolina respond to COVID-19?”

The report highlights a difficult challenge for participants at this time: Their concerns in tension with their values. More in depth, the report shows polarization on business and school reopening, public health emergencies, agricultural and food worker safety, evictions, healthcare, the NC budget, and more.

The report finishes with a section on what NCLF learned about online forums, and about leadership during high-stress and rapidly changing times. There is substantial information for other forums, for North Carolinians, and for those interested in public health.

Final Report Coming Soon

Cohort 4: COVID-19/Immigration Final Report

This report summarizes the proceedings and findings of the fourth year of NCLF. Initially, we explored the question, “How should North Carolina and North Carolinians respond to the opportunities and challenges of immigration?” In response to COVID-19, NCLF changed our question to be “How Should North Carolina respond to COVID-19?”

The report highlights a difficult challenge for participants at this time: Their concerns in tension with their values. More in depth, the report shows polarization on business and school reopening, public health emergencies, agricultural and food worker safety, evictions, healthcare, the NC budget, and more.

The report finishes with a section on what NCLF learned about online forums, and about leadership during high-stress and rapidly changing times. There is substantial information for other forums, for North Carolinians, and for those interested in public health.

Final Report Coming Soon

Participants from Cohort 4

W. Ted Alexander, NC Senate

Abdullah Antepli, Duke University

Kevin Austin, Yadkin County Board of Commissioners

Rachel Baker, NC Council of Churches

Tamara Barringer*, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School; Former

NCGA Member

Johnny Bass, Bass Business Solutions

Emma Battle, Higher Ed Works

Mary Belk, NC House of Representatives

Tariq Bokhari, Charlotte City Council

Charles Bowman, Bank of America

Anita Brown-Graham*, UNC School of Government

Mitch Colvin, Mayor of Fayetteville

Kim Cotten-West, NC Republican Party

Donald Davis, NC Senate

Angeline Echeverria, El Pueblo

Chris Evans, Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network

Maurice “Mo” Green*, Z Smith Reynolds Foundation

John Hardister, NC House of Representatives

Doug Haynes, Vistage Worldwide, Inc.

Angela Hight, NC Crime Victims Compensation Commission

John Hood*, John William Pope Foundation

Terry Johnson, Sheriff of Alamance County

Joyce Krawiec, NC Senate

Chuck Neely*, Williams Mullen, Former NCGA member

Mujtaba Mohammed, NC Senate

Marcia Morey, NC House of Representatives

Jose Oliva, Replacements, Ltd

Jay Richardson, New Belgium Brewing Co.

Carson Smith, NC House of Representatives

Ray Starling, NC Chamber of Commerce

Suling Walker, NC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Melinda Wiggins, Student Action with Farmworkers

Charlotte Williams, Hickory City Council

Leslie Winner*, Former Executive Director, Z Smith Reynolds Foundation;

Former NCGA member

W. Ted Alexander, NC Senate

Abdullah Antepli, Duke University

Kevin Austin, Yadkin County Board of

Commissioners

Rachel Baker, NC Council of Churches

Tamara Barringer*, UNC Kenan-Flagler

Business School; Former NCGA Member

Johnny Bass, Bass Business Solutions

Emma Battle, Higher Ed Works

Mary Belk, NC House of Representatives

Tariq Bokhari, Charlotte City Council

Charles Bowman, Bank of America

Anita Brown-Graham*, UNC School of

Government

Mitch Colvin, Mayor of Fayetteville

Kim Cotten-West, NC Republican Party

Donald Davis, NC Senate

Angeline Echeverria, El Pueblo

Chris Evans, Blackstone Entrepreneurs

Network

Maurice “Mo” Green*, Z Smith Reynolds

Foundation

John Hardister, NC House of Representatives

Doug Haynes, Vistage Worldwide, Inc.

Angela Hight, NC Crime Victims

Compensation Commission

John Hood*, John William Pope Foundation

Terry Johnson, Sheriff of Alamance County

Joyce Krawiec, NC Senate

Chuck Neely*, Williams Mullen, Former NCGA

member

Mujtaba Mohammed, NC Senate

Marcia Morey, NC House of Representatives

Jose Oliva, Replacements, Ltd

Jay Richardson, New Belgium Brewing Co.

Carson Smith, NC House of Representatives

Ray Starling, NC Chamber of Commerce

Suling Walker, NC Hispanic Chamber

of Commerce

Melinda Wiggins, Student Action with

Farmworkers

Charlotte Williams, Hickory City Council

Leslie Winner*, Former Executive Director, 

Z Smith Reynolds Foundation; Former

NCGA member

*Denotes NCLF Steering Committee Member

Supplements

Policy Reports

As part of PolicyLab, Duke Sanford School of Public Policy students created two memos that were used by participants during Cohort 4. The first memo highlights models that states use for decision making. The second memo highlights state-level solutions to housing insecurity caused by COVID-19.

Download the First Memo Here (PDF)

Download the Second Memo Here (PDF)

Policy Reports

As part of PolicyLab, Duke Sanford School of Public Policy students created two memos that were used by participants during Cohort 4. The first memo highlights models that states use for decision making. The second memo highlights state-level solutions to housing insecurity caused by COVID-19.

Download the First Memo Here (PDF)

Download the Second Memo Here (PDF)