Welcoming Week 2014 celebrates diversity in Nebraska communities

neishomeweblogoSeptember 13-21 will be celebrated as National Welcoming Week, a nationwide event that highlights the contributions of immigrant Americans and the strength of inclusive communities across the country. Throughout the country, and right here in Nebraska, there are many events where you can join the celebration.

We invite you to attend one of these events in your community!

“I Learn America” film screening – Columbus – September 13

“I Learn America” is a powerful film that will take you into the lives of four immigrant teens, and asks the question, “What can a welcoming school community look like?”

Immigrant students’ lives can be confusing, lonely, and discouraging, but with courage, love, and humor, they persevere. In many ways, they are teenagers forging a complex new identity as ordinary people coming of age and becoming Americans in extraordinary circumstances.

Come for a screening of the film and stay afterward for a discussion about how inclusion and diversity can make our communities stronger and more vibrant.

When: Saturday, September 13, Noon
Where: Columbus Public Library, 2504 14th St., Columbus

“I Learn America” film screening – Schuyler – September 14

Come to a film screening of “I Learn America” and post-film discussion on Schuyler!

When: Sunday, September 14, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Colfax Theatre, 314 East 11th St., Schuyler

Talk on Children Fleeing Violence – Hastings – September 18

Nebraska Is Home Coordinator Christa Yoakum will deliver a presentation about children fleeing violence from Central America and seeking safety in the United States and other nearby countries.  The talk will include what local community members can do and how Nebraska communities can create welcoming environments for everyone.

When: September 18, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: Adams County YWCA, 604 N. Joseph St., Hastings

Omaha Diversity Conference – Omaha – September 18

Join SSCA Omaha and other community partners for this informative conference. Hear from Omaha’s diverse refugee community members. See how collaborations have grown in the city to provide inclusion and integration. Learn how you can become involved. Embrace diversity and inclusion in Omaha!

When: Thursday, September 18
Where: Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine St., Omaha

Click Here to RSVP

The Quilted Conscience project – Omaha – September 20

Immigrant students from Omaha Benson High School will unveil the efforts of their week-long quilting workshop where memories of their home countries are stitched together with their hopes for the future in the colorful quilt. The students worked with Omaha area quilters, who mentored the students to help them tell their stories through fabric art.

When: Saturday, September 20, 10 a.m.-Noon
Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St., Omaha

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