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Inspiring change: Reflections on welcoming newcomers into rural communities in Australia and the United States
Participants of the 2022 Rural Communities Welcoming Exchange at the Welcoming Interactive. From left to right: Ricardo Esqueda, Yazmin Molina, Kylie Lee, and Natalia Muszkat. Photo credit: Natalia MuszkatIn May 2022, thanks to support from the multinational Welcoming...
U.S., Australian participants selected for exchange program between rural communities
As part of Welcoming America’s continued work in fostering rural leadership in welcoming and inclusion, we are thrilled to announce the 16 participants selected for the forthcoming Rural Welcoming Communities Exchange program (RWCE): U.S. participants: Celeste Koppe...
Boosting youth, DEIB in welcoming work: A Q&A with Haidee Kalirai of Tauranga, New Zealand (Aotearoa)
An interview with Haidee Kalirai from Tauranga - Western Bay of Plenty, one of 26 communities participating in Welcoming Communities, a program led by Immigration New Zealand in partnership with the Ministry of Ethnic Communities and the Human Rights Commission....
Partnering on welcoming with Indigenous communities in New Zealand
Photo description: Photo from the Te Wiki o Maanaki Community Powhiri event held at Kirikiriroa Marae in Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand. Taken: Saturday, 10 September 2022. Photography: Mike Walen / KeyImagery Photography. Copyright: © Hamilton City Council.An...
Activating individuals in welcoming work: Takeaways from a U.S.-Italy virtual exchange
This past year, Welcoming America administered the US-Italy Welcoming Communities Exchange in cooperation with the International Rescue Committee and Refugees Welcome Italia with the support of the U.S. Embassy in Rome. The exchange brought together migrant inclusion practitioners for meaningful peer-to-peer learning about community navigator and mentoring models in the U.S. and Italy.
Finding a tribe: How New Zealand builds welcoming communities holistically
An interview with Alesano Schuster Nakhid, Senior Advisor of Welcoming Communities – Te Waharoa ki ngā Hapori, a program led by Immigration New Zealand in collaboration with the Ministry for Ethnic Communities and the Human Rights Commission.
“Part of our DNA:” Advancing inclusion in Gütersloh, Germany
An interview with Frank Mertens and Mayuri Schindler from Gütersloh, an industrial city in Western Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia state, is one of 35 communities that participated in Weltoffene Kommune, a national initiative run by Bertelsmann Stiftung and PHINEO, partners in the Welcoming International Alliance.
Hybrid approaches for welcoming networks, other plans for the year ahead
By: Christina Pope As the new director of Welcoming International, Christina Pope shares in this blog takeaways from a recent gathering of the Welcoming International alliance. As the world enters the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, and...
Inclusive emergency response: a case study from New Zealand
During the COVID-19 pandemic we are sharing the stories and experiences of communities in the Welcoming Network that are implementing inclusive emergency response and inclusive recovery strategies. Below is an interview with Stephanie Velvin, Welcoming Communities...
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