Meet the #WomenOfWelcoming

For Women's History Month, we highlighted five individuals that have dedicated their lives to building more inclusive and equitable communities where all people can feel as though they belong, including immigrants. They come from diverse backgrounds and work in fields ranging from affordable housing to local government work. These women represent what it means to be welcoming and we are proud to feature them in our #WomenOfWelcoming series. 

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.

Whether it's fighting for legislation that protects undocumented people or registering thousands for municipal ID cards, Amy and her work represents what it means to create a place of belonging for all people. Learn more about her amazing work via Al DÍA News Media.

Dr. Gail R. Christopher

Speaker, social change agent, healer, and public health expert, Dr. Gail Christopher has spent over 30 years working to heal racial divides through holistic practices. As Senior Advisor and Vice President of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation for more than 10 years, she was instrumental in having racial equity shape the programming of one of the world’s largest philanthropies. Dr. Christopher believes that all people, no matter who they are or where they come from, deserve to live a healthy and fruitful life.

We are honored to have Dr. Christopher join us at  our annual conference, Welcoming Interactive, this May. Get more info about this year’s conference.

Jodie Stanley (Greensboro, NC)

Born of second-generation missionaries, Jodie Stanley was born and raised in Bolivia. Jodie's ability to speak Spanish led her to a career with the City of Greensboro Human Relations Department in North Carolina. Her responsibilities as Education & Outreach Coordinator include: Language Access, supporting the City’s human rights commissions, coordinating Fair Housing outreach efforts, providing inclusion and diversity training, and organizing reentry support efforts for those with criminal records through an initiative called Thrive GSO.

Her ability to create, network, and inspire empathy have resulted in the successful implementation of effective employee training, creative problem solving, and increased awareness about the needs of Greensboro’s immigrant residents.

Liz Cedillo-Pereira (Dallas, TX)

Liz Cedillo-Pereira is the Director of the City of Dallas' Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs and serves on the Welcoming America's Network Leadership Committee.

A Dallas native, her work at the WCIA seeks to be a bridge connecting Dallas’ diverse immigrant communities with existing Dallas residents so that common ground and shared leadership can be realized.

Vethina Tercias-Hage (Pittsburgh, PA)

Vethina Tercias-Hage is a second-generation Filipina American from Chicago. Inspired by her hard working immigrant parents, Vethina has dedicated her career to fair housing and is currently the Housing Strategy Officer at the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh.

Vethina's work focuses on affordable housing policy development and data analysis, community outreach and engagement, and strategic program planning and reporting.

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