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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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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Redefining the refugee resettlement experience in North Carolina

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In 2022, for the first time in history, over 100 million people were forcibly displaced. Ongoing global conflicts are bringing more individuals and families to the United States, making it critical to support organizations that are innovating and mobilizing their resources to welcome refugees. Last year, Welcoming America announced the recipients of $40,000 grants as…

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Lessons and opportunities to build belonging: A look at our 2022 Fund to Foster Belonging grantees

Painted sign that says "Welcome" in several languages

Connection is the antidote to social division. Communities that intentionally bring people from all walks of life together reap the benefits of being a more welcoming place for all. Intergroup bridging is one way to foster connections among groups from different migration backgrounds. Bridging activities bring people together, and research shows that building bridges between…

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World Refugee Day: Building communities where refugees belong

Each June, we recognize the importance of welcoming refugees into our communities. June 20 is internationally designated by the United Nations as World Refugee Day. The day celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to find safety and belonging in a new place. This year, World…

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Community Sponsorship: Creating Communities of Welcome

Recorded on April 11, 2023. In partnership with Community Sponsorship Hub, this webinar discussed community sponsorship in the United States. We identified the broad ecosystem, programs, and actors, as well as how the experiences of these programs have supported other emergency response programs, and the difference between community sponsorship and other forms of sponsorship. Speakers:…

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Advancing a Welcoming Infrastructure for Humanitarian Relief

As individuals and organizations in localities across the globe mobilize to support those displaced by war, conflict, and climate disasters, meeting the immediate needs is critical. At the same time, building the infrastructure needed to support and engage migrants and non-migrants in the long term is essential to ensuring belonging for all lasts beyond these…

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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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Newcomers to Neighbors: How Philanthropy Can Support New Arrivals and Welcoming Infrastructure

In this donor briefing hosted by Open Society Foundations, Welcoming America, and Welcome.US, experts explore new opportunities to support arriving families from Afghanistan, Ukraine, and other parts of the world. Learn about the role that national and community philanthropy can play in growing the capacity of every community to be a more welcoming one for…

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