BISMARCK, N.D. — The Bismarck Human Relations Committee recently honored Robeson County native Leah Hargrove for her assistance to foreign-born families in North Dakota.
The 2018 Humanitarian Award was presented to Hargrove on June 26 during a Bismarck City Commission meeting.
Hargrove is the director, board president and co-founder of the nonprofit Bismarck Global Neighbors. The organization was founded in 2015 in order to address the lack of services for the growing population of immigrants in central North Dakota. It operates the city’s only New American mentorship program.
”We partner American mentors with new American families,” Hargrove said.
Hargrove was born in Lumberton, the daughter of Superior Court Judge J. Stanley Carmical and his wife Beth.
“I am really grateful for the lessons I learned while growing up in Robeson County,” Hargrove said.
Robeson County is much more diverse than North Dakota is, Hargrove said. Having a background in such a diverse area helps fuel her passion for the mission of Global Neighbors.
Hargrove attended the University of North Carolina-Asheville, where she majored in International Studies and French. In 2012, Hargrove and her husband moved to North Dakota so he could attend graduate school. The couple planted their roots there as Hargrove founded the nonprofit in central North Dakota.
Hargrove was a bit surprised when she received the Humanitarian Award.
“I work as hard as I can, but I don’t feel like I work harder than anyone else,” she said
Hargrove particularly was appreciative of the city of Bismarck for recognizing the work that Global Neighbors does to integrate people of foreign-born families into North Dakota.
“I feel really proud to see that our city recognizes the growing diversity within it,” Hargrove said.
For more information on Bismarck Global Neighbors visit https://www.bismarckglobalneighbors.org/.
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