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Welcoming Week Events

In 2020, Welcoming America co-sponsored the following events as part of Welcoming Week:

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Cultivating a Welcoming Community Immigrant Welcome Center Sep 17 2020 -
6:00pm to 7:15pm
Indianapolis Indiana United States

As part of our larger Navigating and Culture Bias Workshop series, we are pleased to present, Cultivating a Welcoming Community, an educational workshop for the individual who is interested in learning how to create a welcoming community for people of all backgrounds.

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Live Wide Open Summit Live Wide Open Sep 14 2020 -
12:00pm to 1:15pm
, Sep 15 2020 -
12:00pm to 1:15pm
, Sep 16 2020 -
12:00pm to 1:15pm
, Sep 17 2020 -
12:00pm to 1:15pm
, Sep 18 2020 -
12:00pm to 1:15pm
Fergus Falls Minnesota United States

Join your friends and neighbors and experience a week’s worth of presentations that will last a lifetime.  Interact with others over lunch to experience the work and insights of some amazing people who share their take on the most recent data, techniques that work for small towns and rural commun

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Belonging Civic Dinners Civic Dinners
Sep 12 2020 (All day) to Sep 20 2020 (All day)
United States

Host or attend a Virtual Civic Dinner during Welcoming Week — September 12 - 20. 

Civic Dinners is proud to partner with Welcoming America and Weaving Community to launch a conversation exploring the state of belonging in the United States.

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Welcoming Week Baltimore County Public Schools-ESOL ESOL Office
Sep 14 2020 (All day) to Sep 18 2020 (All day)
Baltimore Maryland United States

The virtual week long event will highlight the theme "Creating Home Together"" for BCPS immigrant and non-immigrant students, families, staff anf commiunity partners through interviews, discussions, and cultural celebrations.

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Trace Your Roots Exhibit Dayton Metro Library
Sep 11 2020 (All day) to Sep 26 2020 (All day)
Dayton Ohio United States

The Trace Your Roots exhibit highlights Library resources for New Americans and anyone who wants to learn a new language, explore their family roots, or discover other cultures through food, music, and more.  The exhibit will be available at the Main Library, 215 E. Third.

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Home-Making: A Live Storytelling Event Asian American Resource Center Sep 12 2020 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Austin Texas United States

The Asian American Resource Center (AARC) presents: Home-Making: A Live Storytelling Event, co-hosted by local community group, ATXAsians.

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Global Threads: Stories from Around the World with Omope Carter Daboiku Dayton Metro Library
Sep 14 2020 - 7:00pm to Sep 18 2020 - 7:00pm
Dayton Ohio United States

To celebrate Welcoming Week, the Dayton Metro Library has invited celebrated storyteller Omope Carter-Daboiku to share some of her favorite stories – some new, some old – that promote the universal values of cooperation, honesty, integrity and faith.

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Women and Activism in the Westside Museo del Westside
Sep 12 2020 (All day) to Sep 20 2020 (All day)
San Antonio Texas United States

Women and Activism in the Westside is a virtual exhibit of the Museo del Westside, a museum that is dedicated to preserving and presenting the unique history, heritage, culture, pride, work ethic, and diverse experiences of la gente del Westside of San Antonio, Texas.

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Touch Free Family Day: Latin American Popular Art San Antonio Museum of Art Sep 13 2020 -
11:00am to 1:00pm
, Sep 15 2020 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
San Antonio Texas United States

Celebrate the re-opening of the Latin American Popular Art Gallery at our Touch-Free Family Day. Pick up your art kit with supplies for crafting your own animal gourd sculpture and mini ex-voto with milagros.

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Folk Pop: Victoria Suescum's Tienditas The McNay Art Museum
Sep 12 2020 (All day) to Sep 20 2020 (All day)
San Antonio Texas United States

San Antonio artist Victoria Suescum has long been fascinated with the paintings on the exterior walls of mom and pop shops in San Antonio, Mexico, and her native Panama.

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Free Meal Giveaway for 2020 Census MEHR Foundation Sep 13 2020 -
12:00pm to 3:00pm
, Sep 20 2020 -
12:00pm to 3:00pm
San Antonio Texas United States

In an effort to giveback to the community and spread awareness about Census 2020, MEHR Foundation is hosting three days of free meal giveaways at Pasha Mediterranean Grill, located on 9339 Wurzbach Road.

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Cheers for Charity Beau Thai restaurants in Washington DC
Sep 13 2020 (All day) to Sep 20 2020 (All day)
Washington District of Columbia United States

Cheers for Charity:

10% of our wine sales (dine in or to go), September 13-20, go to the critical needs of newly-arrived refugee families.

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Legal Workshop: Rights of Refugees and Asylum Seekers Neighbors for Refugees Sep 15 2020 -
8:00pm to 9:30pm
Larchmont New York United States

Join legal experts Sophia Goring-Piard and Cecilia Lopez from Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, and City Bar Justice Center (a pro bono affiliate of the NYC Bar Association) as they discuss legal issues that impact refugees, asylum seekers, and other types of immigrants.

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Virtual Event: Jessica Goudeau - After the Last Border Neighbors for Refugees Sep 17 2020 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Larchmont New York United States

Virtual Event: Jessica Goudeau - After the Last Border

Co-Sponsored by Welcome Home

Moderated by Nazanine Scheuer, Board Member of Neighbors for Refugees and Senior Director of Partnership and Innovation at Save the Children

Thursday, September 17th, 12-1 pm EDT

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Welcoming Week 2020 Global Cleveland
Sep 11 2020 (All day) to Sep 18 2020 (All day)
Cleveland Ohio United States

Welcoming Week 2020 Schedule of Events

Friday, September 11th

In partnership with the City of Cleveland, Global Cleveland will be flying its flag at City Hall to promote Welcoming Week 2020.

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Recipes for Welcoming City of Portland Office of Economic Opportunity
Sep 14 2020 - 3:00pm to Sep 17 2020 - 7:00pm
Portland Maine United States

Taking inspiration from food box services such as Hello Fresh and Blue Apron, The City of Portland Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) is celebrating Welcoming Week this year through one the best ways there is--food! In partnership with Wayside, OEO is creating Welcoming Week meal kits.

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Buford Highway Food Distribution City of Brookhaven Sep 12 2020 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Brookhaven Georgia United States

The City of Brookhaven in partnership with the Latin American Association, Los Vecinos de Buford Highway, We Love Buhi and the DeKlab County census team will be distributing 500 packages of food at Northeast Plaza to families in need.

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Citizenship Day Celebration - Project FINE Project FINE Sep 17 2020 -
5:00am to 6:00pm
Winona Minnesota United States

Project FINE will be hosting our annual Citizenship Day Celebration at Jaycee Pavilion in Winona.  This event celebrates Constitution Day and recognizes those in our community who have become naturalized citizens.  Due to COVID-19, attendace for the in-person event will be limited to naturalized

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Project FINE - NIRV Virtual Film Screening Project FINE Sep 16 2020 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Winona Minnesota United States

Join us for a viewing of three short films followed by a discussion about how we can work together to build a welcoming community.

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Virtual Welcoming Table Project FINE Sep 14 2020 -
4:30pm to 6:00pm
Winona Minnesota United States

Project FINE will be hosting a virtual Welcoming Table event on September 14th- register today to receive a Welcoming Table Kit, which will include ingredients to create your own meal and an activity. Each kit serves 4-5 people.

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Welcoming Week Proclamation-City of Winona MN Winona, MN Sep 8 2020 -
6:30pm to 7:00pm
Winona Minnesota United States

During the City Council meeting, Winona Mayor Mark Peterson will read a proclamation declaring September 12-20, 2020 as Welcoming Week.

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Welcoming Week Proclamation-City of St. Charles MN St. Charles, MN Sep 8 2020 -
6:00pm to 6:30pm
St Charles Minnesota United States

During the City Council meeting, St. Charles Mayor John Schaber will read a proclamation declaring September 12-20, 2020 as Welcoming Week.  The meeting will be held at St. Charles City Hall, 830 Whitewater Avenue

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Citizenship Panel Presentation: Project FINE -Winona State University Project FINE Sep 1 2020 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Winona Minnesota United States

Project FINE and Winona State University are hosting a panel of naturalized citizens who will share their experiences and provide insight into the challenges of becoming a United States citizen.  

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Hearing the Voices - Project FINE Project FINE
Sep 12 2020 (All day) to Sep 20 2020 (All day)
Winona Minnesota United States

Throuhgout Welcoming Week, Project FINE will be posting stories from local refugees and immigrants on their Facebook page.  These stories were collected as part of our Hearing the Voices project and will include written and video stories.  Visit our Facebook to learn more: 

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Project FINE Refugee and Immigrant Owned Business Spotlight Project FINE
Sep 12 2020 (All day) to Sep 20 2020 (All day)
Winona Minnesota United States

Throughout Welcoming Week, Project FINE will be highlighting refugee and immigrant owned businesses in Winona County.  Visit our Facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/Project-FINE-214648951983547

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Project FINE's Welcoming Week Art Contest Project FINE
Aug 28 2020 (All day) to Sep 18 2020 (All day)
Winona Minnesota United States

All residents of Winona County and the surrounding area are invited to participate in an art contest to celebrate Welcoming Week.  The contest theme is welcoming, inclusion and unity and submissions of visual art, poetry, music and dance will be accepted.  Submissions can be emailed to

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Family Story Hour at the Arches- Welcoming Week Launch! City of Roanoke Sep 12 2020 -
11:00am to 12:00pm
, Sep 19 2020 -
11:00am to 12:00pm
Roanoke Virginia United States

Join the Roanoke Arts Commission and Virginia Children's Theater as we celebrate our community diversity at the new community art project on the Roanoke River Greenway.  We will be hosting a family story hour on September 12th at 11am reaching "Whoever You Are", tying in to the theme of Creating

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Welcoming Week 2020 Bilingual Tours Fort Wayne Museum of Art Sep 15 2020 -
6:30pm to 7:45pm
, Sep 17 2020 -
6:45pm to 7:45pm
Fort Wayne Indiana United States

Welcoming Week - Special Tours

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Film Screening of Unsettled + Panel Discussion and MORE! Refugee Services of Texas Sep 17 2020 -
5:30pm to 9:00pm
United States

Refugee Services of Texas Presents: A screening of the award-winning film Unsettled, followed by a panel discussion with refugee and asylee clients, community resource partners and RST staff.

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Virtual Zumba Dance Class Refugee Services of Texas Sep 16 2020 -
5:30pm to 6:30pm
Dallas Texas United States

Join Refugee Services of Texas' very own Marvin Jimu, Certified Zumba Instructor, as he leads us in a virtual Zumba class!

Invite your friends, family and neighbors to join in on the fun- all levels welcome!

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Virtual Salaam Supper with Refugee Services of Texas Refugee Services of Texas Sep 14 2020 -
5:30pm to 7:00pm
Dallas Texas United States

Join Refugee Services of Texas for a VIRTUAL Salaam Supper! We may not be able to be in the same physical together, but we can cook together with a special virtual cooking demonstration to start the night off!

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A Double Opening and a Take Out Community Dinner To Get Out The Vote The Welcome Project Sep 12 2020 -
12:00pm to 9:00pm
Cincinnati Ohio United States



Wave Pool is hosting two exhibitions this fall that promote diversity, inclusion, and civic engagement. For this very special double opening, there will also be a special take-out style

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Welcoming Week Tour Series, Ashburton Ashburton District Council
Sep 14 2020 (All day) to Sep 19 2020 (All day)
Ashburton New Zealand

Celebrations of International Welcoming Week this year is being led by Ashburton District Council and Mid Canterbury Newcomers Network hosting a series of tours and activities for newcomers.

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Kansas City International Academy Welcoming Week Read Aloud Kansas City International Academy Sep 17 2020 -
5:00pm to 6:00pm
Kansas City Missouri United States

Join us for a virtual gathering to celebrate the importance of welcoming all to our community. Kansas City International Academy's very own Mikael Spears will guide us through a read aloud of the picture book All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman. 

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Cooking with Chef Yassin Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition Sep 16 2020 -
5:30pm to 6:30pm
Nashville Tennessee United States

Join Chef Yassin Terrou, owner of Yassin’s Falafel House, for a family-friendly virtual cooking class. Chefs aged 3-103 will love cooking along with Yassin, a former-refugee from Syria, who turned his passion for cooking fresh and authentic falafel into a nationally recognized establishment.

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Transformative Conversations Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition Sep 17 2020 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Nashville Tennessee United States

We know that many people are looking for how to support their immigrant neighbors during this time. Donating supplies, volunteering, and contacting your member of Congress remain incredibly important.

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Interfaith Panel Discussion: Creating a Peaceful, Diverse World Through Faith Redwood City 2020 Sep 17 2020 -
5:30pm to 7:00pm
Redwood City California United States

Leaders from various different religion will engage in a panel discussion about how diverse communities can coexist and create a more compassionate, loving world for everyone.

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Creating Home Together - a panel on welcoming in the DMV Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area Sep 15 2020 -
6:30pm to 7:30pm
Washington District of Columbia United States

Join LSSNCA and community partners - Homes Not Borders, Peace Lutheran Alexandria, and the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) - for a virtual discussion on how YOU can help make the DMV home for refugees and immigran

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Breakfast of Nations 2020 Welcoming Michigan Oct 12 2020 (All day) , Oct 14 2020 (All day) , Oct 15 2020 (All day) , Oct 13 2020 (All day) Warren Michigan United States

Breakfast of Nations highlights the diverse backgrounds of residents who have settled in Macomb County, and uplifts their stories, experiences, and contributions to the community.

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Harrisonburg International Festival ONLINE Event FairField Center
Sep 12 2020 (All day) to Sep 20 2020 (All day)
Harrisonburg Virginia United States

For 23 years, the Harrisonburg International Festival has been a leader in the embracing and celebrating the many ways a diverse community “creates home together.” Even though the gathering has traditionally been a half-day, in-person event, the 2020 festival will allow participants to DIGITALLY

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Welcoming Week West Virginia West Virginia Interfaith Refugee Ministry Sep 17 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Charleston West Virginia United States

Panelists from the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths, and a DACA recipient discuss their vision of an inclusive, welcoming community, steps needed to achieve that vision and the intersection between their faith beliefs and their actions. 

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Community Conversations Intercambio Uniting Communities Oct 27 2020 -
11:00am to 11:30am
, Oct 28 2020 -
11:00am to 12:00pm
United States

Our Community Conversations provide local community members a chance to meet someone new while providing conversation practice opportunities for our adult students learning to speak, understand, read and write English. Now, these events are taking place online! Here is your chance to help Interca

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Welcoming Week Chalk Mural Palmerston North City Council Sep 19 2020 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Palmerston North New Zealand

Palmerston North City Council will celebrate Welcoming Week 2020 with a community chalk mural in our CBD. Local artists will create an outline shape, and community will be invited to contribute, colour and create within and around the mural during the day.

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Redwood City Public Library Stuffed Animal Sleepover Redwood City Public Library Sep 19 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Redwood City California United States

Participants will receive a stuffed animal that is coming from another country and they'll create a new home for them.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover via Zoom

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Redwood City Public Library Bystander Intervention Training with CAIR Redwood City Public LIbrary Sep 19 2020 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Redwood City California United States

Bystander Intervention Trainings teach bystanders about the principles of nonviolence and de-escalation techniques.

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Refuge or Refusal: A Conversation about Turning Points in U.S. Immigration History Kennesaw State University Museum of History & Holocaust Education Sep 15 2020 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Kennesaw Georgia United States

Join the Museum of History and Holocaust Education and CivicGeorgia for a Welcoming Week conversation about legislative turning points in U.S. immigration history as well as the ebb and flow of welcoming and exclusion in the American experience.

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Building Relational Infrastructure: An Interactive Conversational Experience Civity Sep 16 2020 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
San Francisco California United States

Join us for a national interactive conversational experience facilitated by Welcoming America's partner, Civity.



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#CreatingHomeTogether: A #WelcomingWeek Experience Welcoming America Sep 12 2020 -
3:00pm to 4:00pm
Atlanta Georgia United States

Welcoming America is proud to kick off Welcoming Week 2020 with this fun, inspiring and interactive streaming event.

During this kickoff event, you will enjoy -

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JVS Kansas City Welcoming Week Virtual Trivia Night Jewish Vocational Service Kansas City Sep 15 2020 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Kansas City Missouri United States

Join us for our JVS Young Professionals Board virtual Trivia Night!

All are welcome to join in this benefit event during Welcoming America Week with the theme of Creating Home Together!

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Welcoming Week for Members at Lux Art Institute Lux Art Institute
Sep 10 2020 - 2:00pm to Sep 19 2020 - 5:00pm
Encinitas California United States

Join us as we kick off our 14th season of artist residences at Lux Art Institute! Our new season, entitled A New Territory explores the concepts of Migration and will dive in to the structure that exists around the movement of bodies; be it human, animal, or plant.

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