Community Connection Workshops - August 2023

The City of Hendersonville has announced a series of community connection workshops being held in August. The workshops are co-sponsored by local organizations and aim to foster community connections and understanding between all community members. Please find topics and meeting details below. 


Marginalization And Membership -- The Perspective of Non-dominant Immigrant Communities in Hendersonville: This participant-directed workshop surveys the opportunities that non-dominant immigrant communities have in order to become ‘‘full members’’ of the Hendersonville Community, and the social psychological factors associated with claiming civil, social, and political autonomy. We will explore how people deal with change, manage unfamiliar environments, and cope with changes to their self-evaluation and identities in their new home. We will also examine the challenges that culturally diverse environments have on people’s values, the retention of their culture, and the way they see themselves.  

Tuesday, August 22, 2023 | 5:30pm - 7:30pm 
Hendersonville City Hall, Second Floor Meeting Room 
160 6th Avenue E. Hendersonville, NC 28792 

Co-Sponsored with El Centro of Henderson County and True Ridge 


Proud To Be -- Identity and Autonomy in Our Community: This interactive workshop will help participants explore and understand how identity (specific to the LGBTQIA+ Community) is formed and influenced by experiences within the Hendersonville Community. This workshop will also examine viewpoints that underscore how the Hendersonville Community appreciates and connects with the LGBTQIA+ Community.

Wednesday, August 23, 2023 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm 
The Whitmire Activity Center 
310 Lily Pond Dr, Hendersonville, NC 28739 

Co-Sponsored with Hendersonville Pride and PFLAG 


Welcome to West End: This highly interactive workshop will explore issues of gentrification, land ownership and community connection to land through a series of realistic scenarios. Participants will experience various physical situations meant to elicit conversation, reflection and critical discourse around the future of affordable housing, community legacy and city planning within Hendersonville. 

Thursday, August 24, 2023 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm 
Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church 
901 Robinson Terrace Hendersonville, NC 28792 

Co-Sponsored by The Henderson County NAACP 


Hendersonville Community Connection Workshops are based upon the conviction that the perspectives, lived experiences and expectations of all community members are fundamentally essential to transformational and sustainable positive change. The scope and direction of the workshops is focused specifically on fostering community connections and facilitated by Ahkirah Legal and Diversity Consultants.