Professor University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Urbana, Illinois
Join the ALA Serving Refugees, Immigrants, and Displaced Persons (SRIDP) committee for an interactive workshop on celebrating Welcoming Week, an annual event hosted by Welcoming America to bring together immigrant and non-immigrant neighbors. In 2020, Welcoming Week inspired 2,000 events and fostered connections among 80,000 people in 400 communities across the U.S. Participants will learn recommendations from the "Celebrating Welcoming Week" toolkit for libraries. As trusted institutions, libraries remain important sites for empowerment and public trust. Immigrant integration is essential given ongoing division and unrest. By hosting Welcoming Week events, libraries can harness the full potential of all residents and leverage ethnic diversity to connect communities.
Understand the mission of the national Welcoming Week movement
Explore best practices to engage with immigrant communities through Welcoming Week programming
Participate in an activity to apply the recommendations to local contexts