The City of Minneapolis is celebrating Welcoming Week Sept. 10-19 – an opportunity to reaffirm its commitment to promoting inclusion for immigrants, refugees and all residents.
Since 2012, Welcoming Week has served as the annual campaign and celebration led by Welcoming America to showcase communities across the country striving to become more welcoming for all. This year’s theme for Welcoming Week is “Belonging Begins with Us,” a declaration that everyone has the power to help others feel seen, embraced and welcomed.
Welcoming Week events
- St. Paul and Minneapolis Immigration Forum
4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14
Join the City of Saint Paul’s Immigrant and Refugee Program and the City of Minneapolis Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs for a special Welcoming Week-focused immigration forum. Learn about the cities’ progress developing strategies to promote immigrant and refugee inclusion through the Gateways for Growth initiative. Speakers will include Michelle Rivero, director of the City’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, and Edmundo Lijo, who leads the City of Saint Paul’s Immigrant and Refugee Program.
Participate in the online forum.
- Citizenship Day event
10-11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17
Join the City of Minneapolis Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs and the City of Saint Paul’s Immigrant and Refugee Program for an online event focused on how to become a U.S. citizen through the naturalization process.
Watch the online event on the City’s Facebook page.