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We are here to help you create more inclusive communities, and the following public resources have been designed to help you spark and grow welcoming efforts in your community. 

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This toolkit provides promising practices to counter anti-refugee and anti-Muslim backlash and work towards a positive vision for our communities. These promising practices demonstrate how: building meaningful contact between diverse populations; positive communications strategies; and engaging civic and community leaders can help create a climate in which all people can thrive.

Is your community harnessing the potential of immigrant entrepreneurs to spur economic growth and job creation? This tool will introduce you to practical ways to leverage the opportunities that exist when you include immigrant entrepreneurs in local economic development strategies and programs.

This guide was created for advocates, service providers, and supporters like yourself as a tool to address the backlash toward refugees and Muslim Americans, and to help you proactively engage with community leaders and neighbors. Through the messages, sample conversations, story ideas, and worksheets in this toolkit, we will help you develop straightforward yet persuasive language to use in the spoken or written communications you use in your work to support the needs of your whole community, including immigrants, refugees, and Muslim Americans. In places where leaders are actively trying to limit the movement, freedom, and faith practices of your neighbors, these messages can be helpful in pushing back on negative stereotypes and reaffirming your shared values as a community.

Learn about communications tips, resources, and best practices to help you get the word out about your Welcoming Week event and uplift our shared key messages about inclusion for all. We also feature a Welcoming Week host who shares how they market their events.

In order to build truly inclusive communities where foreign-born residents have the opportunity to thrive, we must ensure they have the opportunity to achieve healthy lives. Below, we have compiled resources for you to begin exploring health equity and how it fits into your welcoming work.

Creating a welcoming community for immigrants can help to create a more healthy community for everyone, and such efforts to create health equity ensure that immigrants and refugees can participate fully and belong. Our white paper provides recommendations to help communities pursue a combined health equity and immigrant inclusion agenda. 

Learn how to include refugees in your community's economic development opportunities - from creating inclusive training to culturally competent lending programs. You'll come away from the webinar with two promising practices to emulate and beginning steps to weaving economic development into your everyday work.

Whether this is your first time hosting or you're a Welcoming Week veteran, join us to explore new ideas for events, new tools, and best practices for hosting. We will also share highlights from last year and plans for this September.

This toolkit is designed to be a resource for local governments as they prepare for and implement administrative relief. It provides a general framework for municipalities to consider, though responses should be tailored to fit the local context. It includes links to research and resources developed by a number of different stakeholders that may be helpful.

In this webinar, you will gain a basic understanding of the skills gap issue and the opportunities international talent presents. You will learn how to access existing resources for highly-skilled immigrants and take away practical tips that can be implemented locally in the short-term.

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