Issue a symbolic Statement of Welcoming Values

Issue a Symbolic Statement of Welcoming Values

For individuals looking to encourage their community to declare their intent to be an inclusive place for all, including immigrants and refugees, a symbolic welcoming proclamation is a great place to start.

Consider forming a group that's not only diverse in background but also in the role they play in your community, long-term residents, newcomers, business and civic leaders, and educators, to stand behind an affirmation of values. It's important that a welcoming statement be non-partisan and inclusive of all, including immigrants and U.S.-born community members.

NOTE: This statement is not appropriate to use in places where there have not been efforts made to communicate welcoming as inclusive of all communities, those with exclusionary laws or practices, or where local police are entangled in federal immigration enforcement.

Want to go deeper with your local welcoming efforts?

Learn more about what makes a community truly welcoming or read about the standards we developed for becoming a certified welcoming community.

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