Building Meaningful Contact: A How-To Guide Webinar

Archived Webinar

This how-to guide explores lessons learned from promising models for contact building from across the United States, and delves deeper into a series of activities that the nonprofit Welcoming Michigan conducted in Macomb County, Michigan. By focusing on one example in particular, readers are able to learn step-by-step how to plan, implement, and follow-up on a contact building event. 

What Germany Taught Us About Welcoming Refugees

Archived Webinar

Listen into a discussion with four participants from the 2016 Welcoming Communities Transatlantic Exchange. Learn more about what Germany is doing at this historic time to welcome refugees. Panelists share their greatest lessons learned from the exchange and good ideas for replication back in the United States. Details on how to apply for the 2017 Welcoming Communities Transatlantic Exchange are covered.

Putting Out the Welcome Mat: The Power of Citizenship to Connect Receiving and Newcomer Communities

Archived Webinar

Whether through citizenship mentoring programs, citizenship ceremonies, or positive communications, there are many ways in which refugees and the receiving community can be encouraged to come together to support our nation’s newest members. This webinar will feature innovative, localized examples of how citizenship is being leveraged to engage a broader cross-section of Americans and practical advice on how to collaborate with partners on similar efforts in your own community.

Community Consultation Report

Toolkit

As the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s technical assistance provider for fostering greater community support for refugees, examining the degree of refugee welcome and ways to strengthen it across all phases of resettlement and integration is a priority for Welcoming America. The community consultation process, in particular, has been of interest because it is a powerful mechanism with the potential to accelerate refugee welcome.

We Belong Here Toolkit

Toolkit

We Belong Here: An initiative for immigrant and community engagement

This toolkit which was funded by the We Belong Here Initiative describes ways that the library can serve as a connector for immigrants to resources, services and programs that can help them thrive in America and become involved in their communities and encourages conversation and collaboration between immigrants and the receiving community.

Fostering Refugee Leadership and Engagement

Archived Webinar

Creating greater community understanding and support for refugees means that the receiving community needs to hear and learn from refugees themselves. This interactive and practical webinar provides guidance on practices, tools, and processes that promote the inclusion of the diverse refugee community. Strategies covered include approaches to community outreach, meeting facilitation, inclusive event design, and reflective follow-up and evaluation that encourage community engagement and leadership.