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Re:Source Hackathon brings refugees, tech community together in Bay Area to hack down barriers

Berkeley, CA – For 12 hours, refugees, designers, developers, and engineers sat in a conference room at University of California-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. There was no grading, no instructor, and no payment. Instead, these volunteers were motivated by the knowledge that technology can change and improve the lives of refugees in the U.S. The…

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Six Ways to Support Refugees Virtually this World Refugee Day

June 20 is World Refugee Day. As an internationally-designated day of the United Nations, World Refugee Day was established as a way for people across the world to show solidarity for refugees and to honor their resilience and determination to find safe haven. By the end of 2018, 70.8 million individuals were forcibly displaced worldwide…

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CNN op-ed: How refugees help their new communities

“Refugee” is a loaded word. It conjures up images of traumatized people living in crowded camps and inevitably leads to major rifts in national politics. The current debate centers on “Will refugees be allowed in our country?” But this short-term focus often obfuscates a more fundamental one — “What happens to refugees once they arrive…

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Welcoming Refugees in Rural Communities: Promising Examples from the Field

While there are many positive examples across the country of refugee welcome in rural communities, this tool explores four groundbreaking community-based initiatives that are engaging, supporting, and welcoming refugees in rural areas. In this toolkit, we highlight how different types of community actors are working together to create more vibrant communities for all. This includes:…

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Reframing Refugees: Messaging Toolkit

Developed in partnership with the Lightbox Collective, this toolkit is intended as a communications resource for individuals working in organizations that serve refugees and the broader community. It provides tips and recommendations on ways to deliver strong messages that encourage leaders to act in support of refugees in their communities. This toolkit was developed under…

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Neighbors Together: Promising practices to strengthen welcome for refugees and Muslims

In this Welcoming Refugees webinar, we released our new toolkit of tips and promising practices, “Neighbors Together: Promising Practices to Strengthen Relations with Refugees and Muslims.” The webinar highlighted the efforts of several communities to counter anti-refugee backlash and welcome newcomers. Featured Speakers Mahvash Hassan, author of Neighbors Together toolkit Stephanie Teatro, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights…

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Engaging Public Sector Stakeholders to Prepare for Welcoming More Refugees

This webinar was hosted and organized by Switchboard on April 7, 2021. Switchboard is a resource hub for refugee service providers in the United States. Welcoming America staff presented on this timely topic using knowledge and examples from the Welcoming Network. Speakers: Christina Pope, Senior Network Director George Zavala, Western Regional Manager As refugee service…

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Harnessing Volunteer Energy to Support and Welcome Refugees in your Community: Five Tips for Success

Learn some of the best practices in engaging, supporting, and managing volunteers to help welcome refugees in your community. Tips around volunteer outreach, designing options for volunteer engagement, volunteer onboarding, and keeping volunteers energized are included.  This toolkit also shares field spotlights from a number of refugee-serving organizations that are successfully utilizing volunteers in new…

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Stand Together: Messaging About Muslims and Refugees in Challenging Time

In this webinar, we released our new toolkit, Stand Together: Messaging About Muslims and Refugees in Challenging Times. This webinar highlights key areas of the guide and answer your questions about positive communications and engaging your community. Featured Speakers Amanda Cooper, Lightbox Collaborative Claudette Silver, Lightbox Collaborative

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This World Refugee Day, learn something new about refugee resettlement

Today is World Refugee Day! First held by the United Nations in 2001, World Refugee Day honors refugees and “celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape persecution” (UNHCR). Welcoming America recently hosted a series of webinars with Boston University on refugee resettlement strategies to…

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