#WhereWeBelong: A Look Back at Welcoming Week 2022

Each year, Welcoming Week provides a time and space for communities to come together and celebrate the things that make it welcoming and inclusive places for all who live there. This year was no exception: after two years of living through a pandemic, welcomers around the world came together in-person and virtually to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Welcoming Week from September 9-18.

We have come a long way since the first Welcoming Week launched in 2012 with just 50 events in 18 U.S. states. Now, with welcoming becoming a global movement, Welcoming Week is being celebrated from Adelaide, Australia to Dodge City, Kansas, bringing people of all backgrounds together to celebrate the places and spaces #WhereWeBelong, no matter where they are in the world.

To further mark the occasion, we rebranded the visual identity of Welcoming Week to be more inclusive of its global reach and in four additional languages. We also incorporated daily themes that correspond to the seven framework areas of the Welcoming Standard, each of which we believe mark truly welcoming communities.

The results are clear: over six million people chimed in on social media with stories of welcome, experiences at Welcoming Week events, and commitments to be part of fostering belonging for all. Nearly 450 events took places in-person and virtually in communities in the U.S. and abroad.

Below are just some of the highlights:

Welcome messages

Highlights

Events

Around 450 events were hosted by our members, partners, sponsors, and more took place during Welcoming Week. Many happened in-person across 32 states and seven countries through art exhibitions, community gatherings, picnics, and more — 142 of the events were categorized as “discussion/community forum” and 130 were categorized as “food and drink”, bringing people together in person to celebrate and discuss inclusion in their communities.

Initiative launches

To kick off Welcoming Week, Welcoming America announced the Certified Welcoming designation for the City of Toledo, Ohio and recertification for surrounding Lucas County; unveiled a new partnership with the State of New York on a civic leadership program for new Americans; and participated in the Welcoming Refugees project as part of the Bezos Foundation's Students ReBuild campaign.

Internationalizing welcome

Welcoming is a global movement. This year, with the leadership of the Welcoming International Alliance, we expanded Welcoming Week's reach through multilingual toolkits and partnerships with international organizations such as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Refugees Welcome Italia, the YMCA Romania, and more.

In the news

Welcoming Week made the news across the U.S. and abroad. Check out some of the highlights:

Midwest

South

Northeast

West

Canada

New Zealand

Welcoming Week proclamations

During Welcoming Week, at least 25 communities issued welcoming proclamations, resolutions, or messages to declare their welcoming values. Here’s just a sample:

U.S. States

U.S. Counties

Cities

If we missed anything, please email us at [email protected].

Social Media Highlights

Notes of Gratitude

We extend our deepest gratitude to our sponsors — Walmart, Western Union, Bitwise Industries, and Welcome.US — for their financial support of Welcoming Week.

Welcoming Week also would not have been possible without our 34 partners from the nonprofit world, private sector, universities, and beyond — thank you for your continued support!

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