‘Welcoming Week’ begins Friday

Published 8:14 am Thursday, September 13, 2018

Austin will celebrate its third annual “Welcoming Week” beginning Friday, Sept. 14, and ending Sunday, Sept. 23.

The goal of the celebration is to bring together residents in a spirit of unity to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone. During this annual series of events, communities bring together new and long-time residents in a spirit of unity to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone – including new Americans.

Austin was one of the first cities in Minnesota to join the Welcoming America coalition of cities, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that is leading a movement of inclusive communities becoming more prosperous by making everyone who lives there feel like they belong. Austin is becoming a nationally recognized leader in building an inclusive community that all residents can thrive in.

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“Austin is excited to celebrate another Welcoming Week”, said City Administrator Craig Clark. “We are a stronger and better community when all residents feel welcome here.”

“This celebration builds on the great work that’s been happening to create a more just and inclusive community”, said Austin Human Rights Commission Chairman Jason Baskin. “The Strategic Welcoming Plan that was released earlier this year made it clear that Austin has a lot going for it and that diversity brings a vibrancy and growth to our community that is vital to our future success.”

Welcoming Week will be a time of events and celebrations that will include:

Friday

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Discussion – 10 a.m. at the Hormel Historic Home

Inviting Table Dinner – 5:30 p.m. at the Izaak Walton Cabin, Todd Park

Monday

Citizenship Day Celebration – 11 a.m. at the Community Learning Center

Adult Learning Open House – 4-6 p.m. at Riverland Community College, Room C129

Explore Your Community Event – 6 p.m. starting at Tienda Y Taqueria Guerrero

Wednesday

Riverland Voices and Stories – 11 a.m. at the Riverland Community College Library

Sumner Flag Walk – 1 p.m. at Sumner Elementary School

Hormel Institute Tours – 4-6 p.m. at The Hormel Institute

Saturday

Board Boot Camp – 9 a.m. at the Town Center Conference Room

For more information, visit www.welcomingamerica.org and www.welcomingweek.org.