Nebraska Welcoming Session 1 on June 7! Welcoming Week & Belonging Events

See you at Session 1: We’re All In for Belonging & Welcoming Week 2024
Friday, June 7th from 10:00-11:30 am CST (9:00-10:30 am MT) on Zoom

Join community members from across Nebraska who are building thriving communities of belonging!


We hope to see you at the first session of this year’s 10th-annual (virtual) statewide welcoming convening series, where we’ll share ideas and inspiration for Welcoming Week 2024 as well as community inclusion efforts throughout the year! Every September, communities across Nebraska and the country host Welcoming Week events, and it is an opportunity to celebrate and embrace belonging work.

In this session, we’ll get to hear about Welcoming Week ideas and tips from local Nebraska leaders, while also sharing and getting feedback on our own ideas for spaces to bring neighbors together to build belonging. 

Together, we’re all in for:

Learning about positive practices and purpose for Land Acknowledgements at our Welcoming Week and belonging events. We’ll hear from Renee Sans Souci, scholar and Umonhon woman, about making Land Acknowledgements meaningful, and how to go beyond a single statement to other steps that create change and continue to honor Indigenous peoples as the original stewards of the land and recognize their important ongoing relationship with the land.

Dreaming big with Unity in Action from South Sioux City, as they share how the Celebrate Siouxland festival started small and incrementally grew to the BIG celebration with many community partners that it is today.

Celebrating Nebraska’s rich history of welcoming immigrants with Chris Hochstetler from the Stuhr Museum in Grand Island. Learn about the deep work going on in Grand Island, as the community embraces its immigrant history.

Please let us know what you need to be able to participate!

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that allow all participants to engage fully. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact Christa Yoakum (402-438-8853 x114, cyoakum@neappleseed.org) or Eric Garcia-Mendez (402-438-8853 x113, egarciamendez@neappleseed.org). We will try our best to accommodate requests. 

During these summer sessions, you will have the opportunity to hear and learn from experienced local leaders, participate in workshops, and network with peers, all with the aim of enhancing our collective knowledge and skills. Hope to see you for the following Fridays!

Remember to mark your calendars and plan to join us for the rest of the series as well:

  • July 19, 10:00-11:30 am CT (9:00-10:30 am MT) – Session 2: We’re All In for Language Access
  • August 9, 10:00-11:30 am CT (9:00-10:30 am MT) – Session 3: We’re All In for Lived Expertise on Local Boards

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