The Receiving Communities Initiative (RCI) is an effort to build and support a movement of individuals and organizations focused on involving mainstream Americans in immigrant integration.
Led by Welcoming America, the initiative recognizes that a broad scale movement is needed in order
to proactively work with the whole community in the process of immigrant and refugee integration. The initiative hopes to ease tensions and build greater understanding and cooperation between long-time residents and new arrivals. As a result, communities will be thriving places for all who live and work there.
The National RCI Advisory Board is comprised of knowledgeable and prominent actors in immigrant integration. Representing a diversity of sectors, their role is to provide strategic guidance to the initiative.
RCI works to gather and disseminate promising practices from the field and bring together individuals and organizations to share knowledge and experience through:
Written by Susan Downs-Karkos and produced by the Spring Institute and Welcoming America.
Strategies for Creating Welcoming Communities: Innovations from the Field, a collection of several compelling case studies of receiving communities work in the U.S.. Written by Kate Raum.
A recorded panel about the RCI movement and report, hosted in 2011 by the Center for American Progress.
Click here to access many more tools from Welcoming America that can help you engage receiving communities!