Why We Gather: #Interactive2023 Reflections

Group photo of participants at the 2023 Welcoming Interactive

Last week, more than 600 leaders from across the globe joined us in the Certified Welcoming city of San José, California for the 2023 Welcoming Interactive. Welcomers from local governments, nonprofits, and other sectors spent three days exchanging practices and ideas for including immigrants and refugees in their communities. A truly global event, participants from…

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Illuminating our shared humanity: Opening remarks from the 2023 Welcoming Interactive

Editor’s note: Following are remarks by Rachel Perić, executive director of Welcoming America, delivered on April 27, 2023 at the opening plenary of the Welcoming Interactive conference in San José, California. It has been edited for web publication.  We are so glad to be here in San José and see the incredible leadership of this…

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Dallas and Detroit to host 2024 and 2025 Welcoming Interactive conference

Welcoming America is pleased to announce Dallas, Texas, and Detroit, Michigan as the sites for the 2024 and 2025 Welcoming Interactive conference, respectively. The formal announcement was made at the recent Welcoming Interactive conference in San José, California, in which 600 participants from across the globe attended. The City of Dallas will spearhead the conference…

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Immigrant inclusion network convenes in Silicon Valley for annual conference

High angle image of San Jose, California skyline. Welcoming Interactive logo, mostly comprised of colorful circles and the words "Welcoming Interactive" is included in the graphic. Other words include: learn, grow, connect. Join welcomers from everywhere.

Welcoming America and the City of San José are set to host the annual Welcoming Interactive conference this Wednesday in San José, California, the heart of Silicon Valley, with over 600 attendees and special guests including San José Mayor Matt Mahan.  “We are excited to welcome people from around the world to experience our vibrant,…

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#Interactive2022 Recap

Over 450 people joined us in Charlotte, NC for the first in-person Welcoming Interactive since 2019. Local government leaders and nonprofit luminaries spent three days exchanging inclusion practices and ideas while connecting with both old and new colleagues and friends. Be sure to check out the event photos (more coming soon…) in our conference Flickr…

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Welcoming America designates the City of Charlotte as Certified Welcoming, first in the Southeast

### DECATUR, GA (May 19, 2022) — Welcoming America announces today the City of Charlotte in North Carolina as Certified Welcoming, the first in the state and in the southeast U.S. region. The announcement is taking place at the Welcoming Interactive annual conference at the Westin Charlotte, which is being hosted by Welcoming America in…

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Announcing the plenary speakers for 2022 Welcoming Interactive

Welcoming America is thrilled to announce the three speakers to present at the plenary sessions of the 2022 Welcoming Interactive taking place in-person in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Westin hotel from May 18-20: Jerry Hawkins is the Executive Director of Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (DTRHT) in Texas. As part of a national…

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Experts in belonging, social change to speak at virtual Welcoming Interactive

We are pleased to announce the speakers of this year’s Welcoming Interactive: Dr. Gail Christopher and john a. powell. Dr. Gail Christopher is widely recognized for strategic social change. She is a former Senior Advisor and Vice President of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and former executive director of the Institute for Government Innovation at the…

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Welcoming Interactive goes virtual this May, remains focused on inclusion

Welcoming America announces the Welcoming Interactive, our annual conference, is going virtual this year. From May 5-6, we will host a series of sessions and plenaries around inclusion best practices and networking opportunities through Zoom. All sessions are free and open to the public. At a time of urgent challenges, the Welcoming Interactive will open…

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Pursuing Health Equity through Welcoming Work

In 2016, Welcoming America hosted its inaugural Welcoming Interactive annual conference that included a panel discussion on “Integrating a Health Equity Framework into Welcoming Work”. It focused on how states and communities could bridge the gap between health equity work and immigrant inclusion. This paper expands on key points addressed during this session, exploring themes…

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