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Tips to Build & Sustain a Locally Welcoming Infrastructure

Following the U.S. government’s departure from Afghanistan in August 2021, Welcoming America and a cadre of partners created this toolkit for community leaders managing arrivals of Afghan refugees. It offers four key tips to creating an equitable and welcoming environment, including mobilizing a multi-sector response group; creating a We Welcome Fund; sharing messages of welcome; and changing policy at the federal, state, and local levels.

Equitable Access, Government and Community Leadership, Refugees
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New Homes for New Refugees: A Template for Creating a Welcoming Landlord Network in Your Community

This webinar brought together key organizers of the City of Pittsburgh’s “Renting to Refugees” initiative to discuss how they executed the effort and how similar organizations can potentially implement a similar strategy in your own community. Topics of discussion will include convening cross-sector stakeholders to increase the reach of your initiative, maximizing the effectiveness of…

Connected Communities, Government and Community Leadership, Refugees
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Welcoming Week 2021: Best Practices and Resources to Plan Your Events

Planning to celebrate Welcoming Week 2021 this September? Watch this webinar to learn more about this year’s Welcoming Week strategy and ways to participate! You’ll get access to resources, insights, and tips to help with planning your own event during Welcoming Week (September 10-19) as well as introduce this year’s theme, share the toolkit and…

Welcoming Week
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Resettlement Strategies: Learning from National Examples & Local Actors

Presented by Welcoming America and Boston University, this two-part webinar provides a broad understanding of how the resettlement system works in the United States, how it differs from other systems, and what challenges it has undergone over the past three years. Part one of this series took place on May 26, 2021 and part two…

Connected Communities, Government and Community Leadership, Refugees
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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…

Connected Communities, Refugees
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Resource Webinar

Integrating Immigrants into Civic Life

Presented by the National Civic League, this webinar features Welcoming America’s Certified Welcoming Director Melissa Bertolo and two communities empowering immigrant leaders. The webinar covers innovative ways nonprofits, city, and county governments are including and welcoming immigrants in all areas of civic, social, and economic life. Speakers:  Melissa Bertolo, Certified Welcoming Director, Welcoming America Sabeen…

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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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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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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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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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