You Are Kin, You Are Welcome Here: AHLAN Manual & Resettlement Partnerships in Higher Ed

Originally broadcasted on November 7, 2023. In this webinar, you will learn how to partner with colleges and universities to build campus-community ecosystems that support refugee inclusion by using the newly released action guide, Ahlan: A Manual for Establishing Resettlement Campuses Together (2023): https://welcomingamerica.org/resource… Why now? There is a growing movement in the U.S. to…

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How Education Institutions and Community-Based Organizations Use Home Visits to Strengthen Connections with Newcomer and Immigrant Families

Home visits are a valuable tool for both school educators and community-based organizations in their efforts to make lasting and meaningful connections with new immigrant families and individuals. Recorded on October 24, this webinar was hosted in partnership with the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL). During the recording, you will gain valuable insights from a…

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From Afghanistan to Virginia: How Richmond welcomes refugees

Clients review the drivers manual during a class taught in Dari.

In 2016, a group of 30 Afghan women arrived at their local DMV office in Richmond, Virginia to take the learner’s permit test. When they arrived from Afghanistan a few years before, they didn’t know how to get a driver’s license and could not find information in their language. Kate Ayers, executive director of ReEstablish…

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AHLAN Manual

Created and published by the organization Every Campus A Refuge based in Greensboro, North Carolina, and sponsored by Welcoming America’s Fund to Foster Belonging, the AHLAN Manual is the premier implementation guide for making higher education institutions welcoming to refugees. Named “Ahlan,” which is a term used to express welcome in Arabic, this manual provides…

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Strategies for Supporting Newcomer and Immigrant Families Navigating the School System

As the new school year in the U.S. begins in the coming months, it is critical to support newcomer and immigrant families in navigating the school system. We hosted a webinar in partnership with, with the Institute for Educational Leadership on July 18, where we shared strategies and resources to best support immigrant families. Our…

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Welcoming America joins Bezos Family Foundation to launch student art initiative to support refugee children

Welcoming America is partnering with the BFF program Students Rebuild on their new annual challenge to help change the lives of displaced families from Ukraine, Ethiopia, Turkey, and more. The Bezos Family Foundation’s program Students Rebuild today launched their new annual challenge, The Welcoming Refugees Project, to support organizations working with displaced families including Welcoming…

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School boards in focus: sustaining democracy and pluralism by taking a step back

Through the pandemic, schools became one of the toughest places to navigate for students, parents, educators, and school board members. Over time, school board meetings became tense spaces where people released their frustrations on issues ranging from mask mandates to the role of race in student curricula, sometimes ending in school board members being removed…

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Bridging Language and Work: Solutions to Invest in Immigrant and Refugee Talent

Finding, retaining, and developing talent is a top priority for business leaders today. Refugees and immigrants represent an incredible pool of talent that can fill worker shortages and enhance diversity. Yet, many employers overlook candidates due to perceptions that workers cannot succeed in a role if they have limited proficiency in the local language. Bridging Language…

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