Get Involved!

  • At Welcoming Michigan, we seek to build mutual respect among foreign-born and U.S.-born Michiganders. We invite you to get involved!

  • At Welcoming Michigan, we seek to build mutual respect among foreign-born and U.S.-born Michiganders. We invite you to get involved!

Lots of Ways...

Attend an Event

We would love to meet you in person! Check out the Welcoming Michigan calendar for upcoming events, or follow us on Facebook for the latest updates. We are always looking for volunteers for events and activities - click here to sign up!

 

Welcoming Michigan Statewide Convening 2016

Welcoming Michigan - Sterling Heights Leadership Committee meeting

Welcoming Michigan - Sterling Heights Leadership Committee meeting

Welcoming Michigan - Sterling Heights Leadership Committee meeting

Welcoming Chadsey Condon Meeting

Meridian Township Joins Welcoming Cities & Counties initiative!

Register for Our Statewide Convening!

Immigration 101 Trainings with Macomb Community College

Welcoming Sterling Hts Leadership Committee Meeting

Naturalization Workshop with One Macomb

Unity In Our Community - Cooking Class

Journeys Film Screening at South Haven Memorial Library

Journeys: Chadsey Condon Film Screening

Global Great Lakes Initial Convening

Hamtramck Flag Raising

Education Day in Lansing

Welcoming Michigan Press Conference in Lansing!

Welcoming Michigan Billboard goes up on M-43 outside Bangor, MI

Immigration 101 Training

Welcoming Michigan Van Buren County Leadership Committee Meeting

Welcoming Michigan Van Buren Leadership Committee Meeting

Van Buren Leadership Committee Meeting

Preseason Farmworker Conference

Hartford Middle School Multicultural Gathering

Yemeni Bread Making Class

Journeys Film Screening at St. Basil's Catholic Church in South Haven

Journeys Film Screening at Hartford Middle School

World Refugee Day Picnic

Public Safety Day Festival

Youth Dialogue on Diversity

Farmworker Stories Event in Lawrence

South Haven Mexican Cooking Class

Get To Know Your Neighbors!

Film screening and discussion of "Journeys: Stories from Van Buren" at Kalamazoo College

Film screening and discussion of "Journeys: Stories from Van Buren" at Hartford United Methodist Church

Film screening and discussion of "Journeys: Stories from Van Buren" at Lake MI Community College South Haven, MI

Film screening and discussion of "Journeys: Stories from Van Buren" at Immaculate Conception Hartford, MI

Film screening and discussion of "Journeys: Stories from Van Buren" at Immaculate Conception Hartford, MI

Sterling Heights Cultural Exchange

Hamtramck Welcoming Resolution

Immigration 101 Training

Immigration 101 Training

Sterling Heights Naturalization Workshop

CCCO meeting to pass Welcoming Resolution

“Immigration 101” Training with MIRC & New Detroit

Welcoming Michigan Official Launch!

Cinco de Mayo in Chadsey Condon!

Training on Diversity & Inclusion

Youth Dialogue on Race and Diversity

Sterling Heights Cultural Exchange

“You’re Welcome! Youth + Arts”

Welcoming Week & A-OK Service Event

Chadsey Condon movie premiere!

World Refugee Day Picnic in Sterling Heights

"Welcoming" Public Safety Festival in Hamtramck

Remembering Vincent Chin in Madison Heights

Welcome to Shelbyville screening in Chadsey Condon

Welcome to Shelbyville screening at Hamtramck Public Library

Chadsey Condon Unity Festival

Learn More

When Michigan welcomes immigrants, Michigan thrives.
When it comes to immigration, it’s easy to let differences separate us. At Welcoming Michigan, we seek to build mutual respect among foreign-born and U.S.-born people who call Michigan home today. Michigan’s immigrants account for large and growing shares of the economy and the electorate. Being a welcoming state is in the best interest of all Michiganders.

Building immigrant-friendly communities is our goal.
Welcoming Michigan focuses on helping people who were born in this country understand and appreciate their new Michigan neighbors. We believe immigrants bring new energy, new ideas, and a new commitment to a better life that benefits us all.

 

Plan a Project

If you are interested in joining a Welcoming Committee in one of the four Welcoming Michigan focus communities, please contact Meagan Roche (for Van Buren County in SW MI) or Christine Sauvé (for Hamtramck, Sterling Heights, and Chadsey Condon - Detroit). Welcoming Committees plan Welcoming Michigan public engagement events. If you do not live, work, or worship in one of these communities, but would like to help plan a Welcoming presentation or other Welcoming-related project, please contact Jonathan or Christine for support in making your vision become a reality. Or sign up here to become a Welcoming Michigan volunteer and we will contact you as opportunities arise.

 

Put Up a Poster

Do you have the perfect public place for a Welcoming Michigan poster?
If so, simply email Meagan (mroche@michiganimmigrant.org) or Christine (csauve@michiganimmigrant.org) with your name, address, and a short description of where you plan to hang the poster. We will either deliver or mail you our large (18” x 24”) poster. Small posters are free — simply download the 11” x 17” poster here!

 

Raise Your Hand!

You can download a PDF mini-poster for your bulletin board or refrigerator here!
You can also cut out a wallet-size version of your own pledge card from the same PDF. 

Take the Pledge by filling out the form below.

 

Read a Book

This is the Welcoming Michigan recommended reading list of books on immigrants and immigrants. We will be adding to it over time, so check back for additions. These books are great for neighborhood or community book clubs!

The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson
Random House

Enrique’s Journey, by Sonia Nazario
Random House

Immigrant, Inc., by Richard Herman and Robert Smith
John Wiley & Sons, Inc

Create Dangerously, by Edwidge Danticat
Princeton University Press

A Map of Home, by Randa Jarrar
Other Press

 

Read Our eNews

Please join our eNews list. We send out quarterly newsletters with updates about the welcoming work that is taking place in SE and SW Michigan, as well as occasional special event announcements. 

 

Send a Picture

Do you have a photograph of what being Welcoming means to you? This could be a photo of family, friends, community happenings, or from business, school, or church settings.

If you would like to share a photo, please fill out the form below, and attach your photo! Then we will follow up with you to thank you, to ask if we may add you to our email list, and so we can be sure everyone in the photo has given their permission.

Your photos will appear on this web page only, for the purpose of building community among Welcoming Michigan supporters.

Attach Your Photo in jpeg, or .tif file Format Here

Thank you! We will get in touch with you soon.

 

You may upload file s of the following type: gif, jpg, png, and tif with a maximun size of 5mb.
Files must be less than 5 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg png tif.
Please tell us how this photo says Welcoming to you!

Tell Your Story

Did you or your family immigrate or migrate to Michigan? What were the joys and sorrows that were part of that process? Have you ever felt different or like an outsider? What helped you feel more included? Have you had a positive experience of being welcomed as a newcomer to Michigan? — Tell us more!

If you would like to share a story with Welcoming Michigan, please fill out the form below, and type your story into the message box!

Your story will appear on the Welcoming Michigan website only (without any identifying information), for the purpose of building community among Welcoming Michigan supporters. Your story will not be shared in any other manner without your permission.

If you would like to tell your story in person at a Welcoming Michigan event, click here to sign up as a volunteer

Thank you!

 

Please tell us your Welcoming story!

Watch a Film

This is the Welcoming Michigan recommended film list on immigrants and immigrants. We will be adding to it over time, so check back for additions. These films are great for neighborhood or community film-watching clubs! Please visit this link for films and trainings we offer. 

In America
Jim Sheridan / Jim Sher. & Arthur Lappin

The Visitor
Thomas McCarthy Michael London & Mary Jane Skalski

The Guestworker
Cynthia Hill & Charles Thompson, Cynthia Hill & Charles Thompson

Brother Towns
Dr. Charles Thompson Jr. & Michael Davey & Margaret Morales

Papers
Anne Galisky, Rebecca Shine & Dunetchka Otero-Serrano & Andre Nakazawa

Welcome to Shelbyville
Kim A. Snyder, Kim A. Snyder

Not In Our Town
Patrice O’Neil, The Working Group

 

Wear a Button

Attend an event and receive a Welcoming Michigan button! We also have lapel pins available for business professionals. Please email Meagan or Christine in SE MI with your name and address, and we will deliver or mail you your very own Welcoming button for free!

 

 

Write a Letter

Write a letter to the editor or an opinion piece for your local newspaper about the Welcoming Michigan initiative. Your letter can focus on the initiative itself or an activity associated with the initiative. You could also write a letter in response to an article in the paper that illustrates how immigrants are or aren’t welcomed in your community.

Most newspapers have guidelines for how to direct your letter or opinion piece, and a general word limit (usually, they range from 100 to 150 words). Newspapers will not print anonymous letters so be sure to include your full name, address, and phone number. Most newspapers only print your name and city as part of your letter, but they usually call you to verify that you indeed wrote the letter that was submitted. Most papers will not print your letter if it was already printed in another publication.

Here are some Suggested Talking Points:

• Our country has a proud tradition of welcoming immigrants. We live up to our most fundamental values when we welcome newcomers into our communities.

• Immigrants have been integral to our history and continue to be central to our economy. Immigrants feed the state of Michigan.

• People come to Michigan to work and build a new life for their families. Immigrants are our community members. Immigrants want the same things that everyone else wants: a good job, a good education system for our children, and a better future.