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Fostering belonging, immigrant inclusion at the Welcoming Interactive virtual conference

From May 5-6, national nonprofit Welcoming America will host the 2021 Welcoming Interactive virtually. Featuring two plenary sessions and six sessions, the 2021 Welcoming Interactive will focus on inclusion, belonging, and healing from the past year of unprecedented challenges. All sessions are free and open to the public. Each will be livestreamed on Zoom via…

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Forty-two nonprofit, local government leaders join community of practice to build more inclusive decision-making spaces

Welcoming America is pleased to announce the 42 participants selected for its Community of Practice (CoP) on inclusive and collaborative decision-making spaces. Representing nonprofit organizations and local governments across 32 states and the District of Columbia, the CoP convenes a diverse network of peers working to create more inclusive committees, boards, advisory councils, and commissions…

Connected Communities, Equitable Access, Government and Community Leadership
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News Statement

Statement on Chauvin verdict

Today’s decision in the Derek Chauvin trial is a long-awaited one for the family of George Floyd, as well as communities everywhere seeking justice in the ongoing struggle against systemic racism. At the same time, this verdict is just the first of many steps needed to build a truly just and welcoming society. This verdict…

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New cookbook offers recipes, resources on strengthening community across differences

As world-renowned chef Josė Andrės once said, food has the power to evoke memories, bring people together, and transport you to other places. We eat for sustenance, but also to experience community and a sense of belonging by dining together. This universal sentiment is captured in Taste of Belonging: A Collection of Recipes and Ways…

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Resource Toolkit

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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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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