Welcoming America’s 4th Annual Welcoming Week was the largest yet, with over 245 events across the country that brought together new Americans and long-term residents in the spirit of unity. These events, ranging from ethnic food tastings and friendly soccer tournaments to educational seminars and cultural festivals all have welcoming at their core. They are rooted in the fact that communities are more vibrant and prosperous when everyone feels welcomed, and they celebrate the diversity that runs deep in our cities and states.
This Welcoming Week signaled the dynamism of the welcoming movement in the Rust Belt region. The WE Global Network 10-state region – IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, NY, OH, PA, and WI – hosted nearly 100 of the 245 Welcoming Week events. Also announced during Welcoming Week was The White House’s Building Welcoming Communities Campaign, of which 16 – or 40 percent – of the 40 early acceptor communities signed on to the campaign are located in our same 10-state region. The Rust Belt region is emerging as a pioneer of the welcoming movement, leading the country with innovative inclusion and integration initiatives and a surge amongst residents to foster immigrant-friendly communities.
Check out a snapshot of some of the WE Global Network member Welcoming Week events, and follow the links to learn more.