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The Welcoming Standard

The Welcoming Standard outlines the core of what it means for a community to be welcoming and provides a comprehensive roadmap to local policies, programs, and partnerships that give communities the welcoming edge. 

The Welcoming Standard addresses a range of essential components, from language access to hiring practices and more. Beyond traditional immigrant integration strategies, the Welcoming Standard also includes practices for fostering greater unity between new and long-time residents.

There are seven critical framework categories to the Welcoming Standard:

  • Government Leadership: In welcoming places, local governments implement systems and programs, such as designating a unit and staff to coordinate immigrant inclusion, that strengthen community efforts and embed inclusion within government agencies.
  • Equitable Access: Welcoming places work to ensure community services and opportunities are available to all residents, including newcomers. This includes improving access to healthcare, childcare, transportation, and more.
  • Civic Engagement: Welcoming communities actively ensure that residents, including newcomers, fully participate in civic life by increasing access to leadership and democratic spaces.
  • Connected Communities: Welcoming communities build connections between newcomers and long-term residents by strengthening relationships, communicating shared values, and promoting a welcoming culture through institutional communications.
  • Education: Welcoming communities strive for an educational system that ensures all students have the support they need to succeed in school and the education they need to succeed in the workforce.
  • Economic Development: Welcoming communities harness the full potential of all residents, including those from other countries who have the skills and assets to thrive, by developing economies that leverage all talents.
  • Safe Communities: Welcoming communities foster trust and build relationships between residents and law enforcement and safety agencies. This includes training public safety staff on working with diverse communities and more.

The Welcoming Standard serves as the backbone of the Certified Welcoming program, a formal recognition for city and county governments that meet the rigorous requirements of the Welcoming Standard. To learn more about Certified Welcoming and the Welcoming Standard, visit the website or explore the Welcoming Standard in depth.