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Welcome to the Welcoming Michigan Blog! We hope these updates give you a taste of the wonderful activities taking place across Michigan to build immigrant-friendly communities. Please check back frequently for posts!


May 2012, Chadsey Condon, Detroit, MI - Members of the Chadsey Condon Welcoming Committee developed their capacity as leaders and ambassadors through a workshop on diversity led by the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity & Inclusion.

April 2012, Hamtramck, MI - Hamtramck youth of all backgrounds came together to celebrate healthy living at the Hamtramck Health Hike. Welcoming Michigan was on hand to remind hikers that a “welcoming community is a healthy community!”

April 2012, Chadsey Condon, Detroit, MI - On Saturday April 21st, Welcoming Michigan helped host a dialogue on race and diversity for youth from southwest Detroit. Welcoming Michigan was a new partner for this event, joining JIRAN (Join In to Revitalize Arab American Neighborhoods), community program of ACCESS, and the Partnership for Youth Initiative, a Skillman funded youth leadership project that works in the Chadsey Condon and Southwest Detroit communities.

February 2012, Sterling Heights, MI - On Friday February 3rd, 2012, Sterling Heights wowed the crowds at their annual Cultural Exchange event. Organized by the city of Sterling Heights and its Ethnic Community Committee, the event drew nearly 1,000 people to sample a variety of different foods, enjoy entertainment from Macedonia to Iraq, and learn about the city’s many cultures, cultural associations and performance groups. Welcoming Michigan also had a table to let folks know about our new local leadership committee and how residents can get involved.

February 2012, Dearborn, MI - Welcoming Michigan joined Global Detroit in hosting Tom Wahlrab and Sherri Wierzba, two of the community leaders behind Welcome Dayton, a plan to make the city of Dayton, Ohio a more welcoming place for immigrants. This was a great way to start the conversation about how we can create more welcoming communities here in Michigan. You can read more about the visit and listen to radio clips here:  


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Meet Jennie! She is an awesome leader and truly a welcoming ambassador. She manages a local TimeBank and shares our belief in the power of connecting neighbors to neighbors.

My name is Daliesha and I was born and raised in Detroit, MI. The maternal side of my family migrated from Bolivar, Tennessee. My maternal great granddad was African American and Native American (Cherokee).

Have you met Hanan Yahya, a member of the Welcoming Chadsey Condon group? She says "cultural competency is vital to creating a more vibrant and healthy community". Here is her story: "I was born the eighth child of nine in my hometown of Yemen.

Have you ever been to a naturalization ceremony? It is a very moving and inspiring experience. Sterling Heights recently held their 4th annual Naturalization Ceremony in conjunction with Sterlingfest.

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month - get to know your Asian Pacific American neighbors! Check out these local and national resources to learn more about the Asian Pacific American community and find local events happening near you.

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