Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE)

About Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE)

The Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE) ensures refugees and immigrants achieve their full potential now and for generations to come. The organization began when a child soldier and refugee from South Sudan recognized a need of services for Sudanese refugees in Nashville. Dr. Gatluak Thach, our current President & CEO, opened up his home to teach Sudanese women to speak and write the English language. Since 2005, NICE’s services have been crucial in supporting the economic, linguistic, and civic integration of more than 28,000 New Americans in Middle Tennessee. NICE’s integration initiatives are aimed at supporting refugees, immigrants, and their children in successfully joining mainstream U.S. society. As New Americans lay roots in Nashville, NICE facilitates the integration process by implementing programs for social interaction, education, employment, and health referrals.


Youth Education Intern

May 2019 - July 2019 Nashville, TN
“I worked to design and implement the summer program for elementary and middle school students in the area. I loved how hands-on the experience was! You get real insight into the refugee resettlement process, social work, and ESL teaching. It is a great mix of different types of leadership opportunities; you get to help create curriculum and then you lead instruction. While it is often exhausting work, it is definitely a rewarding experience that gives you exposure to skills needed in many other areas of work beyond non-profit management (i.e. strengthens communication skills, teaches you how to compile resources, work on a team, interact with diverse populations, teach, organize lessons, etc.). ”
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