Welcoming Institute | Welcoming America

Welcoming Institute

Welcoming America delivers dynamic, innovative online and in-person trainings, workshops, proactive and reactive technical assistance, resources, education, and more to advance inclusion and welcoming for New Americans.

Through this Welcoming Institute, we seek to provide a framework for community collaboratives to develop local welcoming approaches. Our trainings are evidenced-informed and culturally targeted, designed to build skill and increase capacity.

We have provided training and technical assistance (including group, peer, and individual coaching) to over 2,000 organizations and 10,000 individuals since 2009. Welcoming America is also a recognized federal government technical assistance provider.

Our Audience

The Welcoming Institute provides trainings to our members and anyone - such as businesses, schools and universities, and faith-based communities - seeking to make places more welcoming and accessible to immigrants and refugees. Our approach is to provide participant-centered education tailored to recipients' unique needs to ensure that our services are relevant, valuable, and effective.​​

Education and Training Options

​The Welcoming Institute provides training and education according to Welcoming America’s framework categories:

Engage local leaders and diverse residents to share positive communications, and to develop plans, programs and policies that advance their communities as vibrant places where everyone’s talents are valued and cultivated.

Example trainings include:

  • Leadership engagement
  • Mindset trainings 
  • Building partnerships 
  • Communication and messaging
  • Storytelling
  • Developing communications plans



Harness the full potential of all residents. Newcomers have the skills, assets, and education to thrive, and workforce, education, and economic development systems are prepared to leverage new and existing local talent.

Example trainings include:

Welcoming Institute strives to provide training and education to those who make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. This means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.

Example trainings include:

  • Voting rights
  • Exploring social change
  • Intro to community development
  • Strategic planning
  • Citizenship

Ensuring that all people, regardless of racial, religious, economic status, cultural, or language backgrounds, enjoy full access to services to which they are entitled.

Example trainings include:

  • Equitable economy
  • Health equity
  • Incorporating social determinants of health in welcoming
  • Diversity and inclusion

Safe and connected communities foster trust and build relationships between immigrants and receiving communities, building connections within and across institutions such as law enforcement.

Example trainings include:

  • Community Policing
  • Building Public Will
  • Working with Faith Communities

Our Training Team

The Welcoming Institute has a diverse training team of staff and consultants with years of experience in facilitation, training, and adult education in the immigrant integration field and beyond. Our trainers come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. We will match you with a trainer or a team of trainers that best suits your interests and needs.​

Schedule a Training​

Our team is happy to work with you. Please contact us for more information on offered trainings, customized trainings, coaching, and fees.​