Refugee journeys illuminated: A look at Vanderbilt’s partnership with nonprofit NICE

Vanderbilt recently supported the Nashville International Center for Empowerment’s “Nicest Night in Nashville,” an event celebrating immigrant and refugee communities while raising funds for housing, employment, education and other resources for newly arrived individuals and families. The evening premiered a special multimedia partnership between NICE, a nonprofit that provides resources for refugees, and Vanderbilt’s Jonathan RattnerStacy Curry-Johnson and their respective teams. Rattner is an associate professor of cinema and media arts, and Curry-Johnson is a librarian for geospatial data and systems and lecturer in geographic information systems and remote sensing. Both work on the Southern Refuge project, a collaborative interactive art project with NICE that highlights the stories of Nashville’s refugees while digitally tracing their journeys through interactive GIS maps.

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