Strong communities intentionally connect and include people of all backgrounds. As places look to harness the wealth and vibrancy that comes from diverse talents and a global workforce, truly welcoming places can set themselves apart.
Certified Welcoming is a formal designation for cities and counties that have created policies and programs reflecting their values and commitment to immigrant inclusion. This innovative program assesses city and county governments on their efforts to include and welcome immigrants in all areas of civic, social, and economic life in their communities.
With a Certified Welcoming designation, communities distinguish their local efforts, build a competitive advantage, and gain access to opportunities to share their welcoming practices on a regional, national, and global stage.
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Welcoming America is offering a full scholarship to the Certified Welcoming program for three local governments (city or county only). Selected applicants will receive a waiver for Certified Welcoming fees, a total value of $12,000.
Scholarship recipients will receive:
- Technical assistance upon completion of the self-assessment
- Opportunities to connect with other local governments who are in the process of becoming or have become Certified Welcoming
- A comprehensive analysis and detailed report demonstrating your local government and community's strengths and opportunities for improvement
- Coaching on developing and implementing audit action plans
- Once certified, governments will receive branded marketing materials and communications support for making an announcement
Application deadline: January 24, 2022 | 9 a.m. ET
Certified Welcoming Places
As of 2021, 12 cities and counties across the U.S. are Certified Welcoming:
City of Baltimore
City of Boise
City of Chula Vista
City of Dallas
City of Dayton
City of Erie
City of Lancaster
City of Louisville
City of Pittsburgh
Lucas County, Ohio
Salt Lake County, Utah
The Welcoming Standard
The Welcoming Standard serves as the backbone of the Certified Welcoming program. It outlines the core of what it means for a community to be welcoming and sets out the policies, programs, and partnerships that give communities the welcoming edge.
There are seven categories that comprise the Welcoming Standard, each of which have core and additional requirements. In order for communities to achieve Certified Welcoming status, they must meet the core requirements within each category, which are:
- Government Leadership
- Equitable Access
- Civic Engagement
- Connected Communities
- Economic Development
- Safe Communities
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