Welcoming and Inclusion Category

This Welcoming Week, we salute Tony Lopez

Welcoming Week is stocked with events across the country that bring immigrants and refugees and native-born residents together in the spirit of inclusion. The spread of Welcoming Week since its first year in 2012 with over 200 events in 33 states, as well as the growth of the [...]

Welcoming Week: A Reflection on America’s “Golden Door”

Posted on September 15th, 2015 in Detroit, From the Director, Welcoming and Inclusion 

As the grandson of Jewish grandparents who fled Poland in the early 20th Century only to have all of their remaining family perish in the Holocaust, I grew up with a strong belief in the United State as the world’s haven for those fleeing persecution, [...]

Detroit Welcoming Games return September 13th with Futsal!

Global Detroit is excited to join in the celebration of Welcoming Week September 12-20th! Across the country, Welcoming America and its affiliates will commemorate Welcoming Week by hosting events to pay tribute to the cultures and rich diversity that make up our neighborhoods. In Detroit, Global Detroit is bringing people together [...]

Connectors Program Helps Newcomers Build their Networks

Last October, Global Detroit launched the Cultural Ambassadors Connectors Program, which connects area newcomers looking to enhance their careers to established professionals that can help them grow their business networks. The program is heavily rooted in the fact that the majority of job openings (most [...]

Relationships Built in Dayton Strengthen Network and Work Moving Forward

Our Director Steve Tobocman’s Reflections on the Welcoming Economies (WE) Global Network 3rd Annual Convening The Third Annual Welcoming Economies Global Network (WE Global) Convening in Dayton was our best yet, demonstrating the growth and momentum of WE Global and immigrant economic development.  The Convening [...]

Global Detroit Welcomes 105 New Americans

Posted on July 1st, 2015 in Welcoming and Inclusion 

This past June marked the second celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month, a month dedicated to sharing stories celebrating the diversity and shared heritage that make America. We’re a country built by immigrants, and one of our greatest strengths lies in the new people we welcome [...]

Immigrant’s Guiding Values Inspire Generation

Posted on June 26th, 2015 in Detroit, Welcoming and Inclusion 

By Kathryn Brennan “We need to remind ourselves to be very careful to do the right things,” said Gary Torgow, Chairman of Talmer Bank and Trust. He learned this from his grandfather, Manuel Merzon, who emigrated from Russia in 1914 at the age of 16. [...]

Ambassadors Amplify Citizenship Excitement

Citizenship Ambassadors Help Candidates on the Path to Citizenship There was a palpable excitement in the Hindu Temple of Canton as people flooded in and staff and volunteers scurried to get ready for the naturalization event. Four Citizenship Ambassador volunteers were spread out in this [...]

Immigrants Lend Their Voices to a Community Conversation

In order to fully integrate new immigrant and refugee communities so that these communities feel welcomed and included in their new home of Metro Detroit, the Global Detroit strategy document recommended that immigrant, refugee, and ethnic communities be connected to regional leadership. To further that [...]

It’s Time to Get Involved

This coming May marks the fifth anniversary of the release of the Global Detroit Study! Can you believe it has been that long? Maybe, we need a celebration or some time to reflect upon all of the immigrant economic development and welcoming programs, infrastructure, and [...]