Founded in 2011, The Burmese American Community Institute (BACI) is a non-profit organization that provides educational and vocational upport to the Burmese community in greater Indianapolis. The BACI strives to support community members regionally, nationally, and globally through strategic partnerships and advocacy. Since its inception, the BACI has assisted more than 3,000 newcomers with their self-sufficiency and integration.
The BACI's mission is to establish a thriving and self-sufficient community through education, employment, and advocacy programs. With a strong conviction of the importance of investing in people and education for long-term community development and sustainable integration, the BACI has applied this principles and approaches since its very beginning. Its innovative advocacy, educational, and employment programs include college preparedness programs for high school students, a microenterprise program, and one-on-on employment assistance. Since its creation in 2011, the BACI has fostered many mutually beneficial partnerships with businesses, non-profits, government agencies, churches, educational institutions, local leaders, and policy makers. The BACI’s motto is “Advocating-Connecting-Educating-Serving” and it carries out these actions in order to build a stronger communities regionally, nationally, and globally.
This digital collection was launched on the BACI's fifth anniversary in order to further its objectives of advocacy and education. The collection includes various publications from the BACI such as quarterly newsletters, a community integration guide, and documentaries. Each work focuses upon the Burmese community in Indianapolis, as well as some of the programs that the BACI has implemented in order to serve this community. It is the belief of the BACI that each of these materials provides tremendous value not only to the Burmese community in Indianapolis, but also to the Indianapolis area as a whole. In addition, these resources also are relevant to refugee and migration issues at various levels, as migration impacts local, national, and global systems. The BACI emphasizes the importance of education for the successful integration and ultimately building stronger communities, and this digital collection was created in order to help meet this objective as a shared goal of the Central Indiana as well as the global society as a whole.