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Taste of Belonging Cookbook

The presence of food sets the table for conversation and curiosity — two essential ingredients for building community among people who have different backgrounds and identities. Under the right conditions, food can be a positive entry point for activities and initiatives that decrease prejudice between different groups. Welcoming America created this cookbook as a tool…

Connected Communities, Equitable Access, Safe Communities
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Resource Toolkit

Creative Placemaking & Welcoming: Tips and Tools for Integrating Arts, Culture, and Immigration

In communities where arts institutions also play a role in welcoming, organizations reap the benefits of inclusion as they attract more diverse audiences, reflect their changing communities, and make communities more vibrant. Creative Placemaking & Welcoming: Tips and Tools for Integrating Arts, Culture, and Immigration was created as an entry point and companion piece to…

Connected Communities, Education
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Resource Toolkit

Building a Welcoming Economy: How Local Economic Development Can Support Immigrant Business Owners, Investors and Entrepreneurs

As part of the Winter 2021 issue of the Economic Development Journal, the article “Building a Welcoming Economy: How Local Economic Development Can Support Immigrant Business Owners, Investors and Entrepreneurs” on page 5 highlights best practices, lessons, and examples that communities may use to develop successful economic development strategies that include immigrants. Author Steve Tobocman…

Economic Development
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Blog Post

Meet the #WomenOfWelcoming

Amy Eusebio (Philadelphia, PA) Amy Eusebio is the Executive Director of the City of Philadelphia Office of Immigrant Affairs. A proud first-generation American, Afro-Latina, and daughter of Dominican immigrants, Amy has been a warrior for welcoming in the City of Brotherly Love. Dr. Gail R. Christopher Speaker, social change agent, healer, and public health expert, Dr….

Government and Community Leadership
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Blog Post

A gap in the system: creating more inclusive emergency management practices

Hurricane Katrina, the Flint, MI water crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic. These are just a few examples of events that disproportionately impacted minority and marginalized communities. Inequality in emergency management doesn’t end there, disasters have been shown to increase inequality long after the storm has passed or the environmental contamination has been addressed. Creating an inclusive infrastructure and…

Equitable Access
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News

Five communities join the Welcoming Economies Program

This past week, Welcoming America and Global Detroit concluded a competitive selection process to identify the next five communities to participate in the Welcoming Economies Program (WE) from March to February 2022. We are pleased announce the following participants:  The City of Kirkland’s Economic Development and Civic Engagement Programs in the City Manager’s Office The YWCA…

Economic Development
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News Press Release

Experts in belonging, social change to speak at virtual Welcoming Interactive

We are pleased to announce the speakers of this year’s Welcoming Interactive: Dr. Gail Christopher and john a. powell.  Dr. Gail Christopher is widely recognized for strategic social change. She is a former Senior Advisor and Vice President of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and former executive director of the Institute for Government Innovation at the…

Welcoming Interactive
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News Press Release

Welcoming Interactive goes virtual this May, remains focused on inclusion

Welcoming America announces the Welcoming Interactive, our annual conference, is going virtual this year. From May 5-6, we will host a series of sessions and plenaries around inclusion best practices and networking opportunities through Zoom. All sessions are free and open to the public. At a time of urgent challenges, the Welcoming Interactive will open…

Welcoming Interactive
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Blog Post

Vaccine hesitancy in immigrant communities: Your questions answered

On February 17, we hosted a webinar titled “Overcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Immigrant Communities” with experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mayo Clinic, local governments, and more. Due to the overwhelming interest in this topic, we’ve compiled the questions submitted by webinar attendees that were not answered in the Q&A portion,…

Equitable Access
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Resource Webinar

Establishing and Maintaining Inclusive Emergency Management with Immigrant and Refugee Populations

With the COVID-19 pandemic and greater occurrences of natural disasters, the need for inclusion in emergency management is paramount. We will discuss a variety of topics, including our latest toolkit, which was created in partnership with the I-DIEM and focused on how organizations can develop more inclusive preparedness and practices in emergencies. Our panelists will…

Connected Communities, Equitable Access, Government and Community Leadership
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