Welcoming Week is a national initiative that celebrates the contributions of newcomers and brings together immigrants, refugees, and those who were born in the United States through an annual series of events. In Philadelphia, the Office of Immigrant Affairs (OIA) helps organize events and activities across the city. Welcoming Week 2020 is taking place September 12-20. 

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Welcoming Week 2020 is being held virtually. The week’s activities provide long-time and foreign-born residents experiences to explore other cultures.  Welcoming Week showcases Philadelphia’s open, friendly, and welcoming environment for immigrants, refugees, and people from all backgrounds. 

Philadelphia’s 2020 Welcoming Week will be hosted alongside hundreds of events in communities across the country. Amid the pandemic, OIA worked closely with City and community partners to prepare the calendar of virtual events for Welcoming Week 2020.

Philadelphia is home to thousands of immigrants and refugees from all over the world, and it is our responsibility to continue building an inclusive and more equal city for all.

Events scheduled for Welcoming Week 2020 include:

The Color of Us: A Virtual Family Festival 
Wednesday, September 16 | 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Kids and parents will learn from storytellers, musicians, and performers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East, the stories and traditions that keep immigrants and refugees strong. Immigrants and refugees face many hardships and challenges on their journeys. They bring strength and resilience. Share these stories across cultures with your children and family. The Office of Immigrant Affairs sponsors this event. Register here. 

Wellness and Resilience During Uncertain Times 
Thursday, September 17 | 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

In celebration of the Welcoming Week, International Day of Peace, and Recovery in Philadelphia, a group of immigrant individuals, in partnership with key organizations, will provide a safe space for the immigrant/refugee community to discuss and share approaches to wellness and resiliency, and share experiences of pre-and post-migration trauma. Members of the public can register here

Community Conversation: LGBTQ Immigrants & Coalition Building 
Thursday, September 17  | 5:30 -7:00 p.m.

Join the Office of LGBT Affairs and the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services for a virtual panel and community conversation. Local community organizers will share experiences of what it means to be at the intersection of various identities, how they have built grassroots organizing communities, and how they are advocating for equitable representation and resources. More information available here.