Welcoming Week 2018

NAFSA is proud to partner with Welcoming America to promote its annual Welcoming Week celebration from September 14-23. Every day, NAFSA members work towards making their campuses and communities more welcoming places for international students and scholars, and Welcoming Week is an excellent opportunity to highlight this commitment. We invite your campus or institution to participate in Welcoming Week to highlight the work you’re doing to make immigrants, students, scholars and visitors feel welcome.

Welcoming America is a network of U.S. cities, counties, states, and non-profit organizations who bring together host communities and immigrant and nonimmigrant newcomers. Welcoming Week events are terrific opportunities to bring people together through potlucks, film festivals, fairs, symposia and other creative efforts to encourage inclusion, dialogue and community. Last year, over 700 events were held across the country in celebration of Welcoming Week 2017. 

Register your event with Welcoming America to have it listed on the searchable Welcoming Week map and receive further planning resources and support.

Higher Education Events in 2017

  • Pennsylvania College of Technology: President Davie Jane Gilmour issued a Welcoming Week Proclamation declaring "Penn College's success depends on ensuring that all students feel welcome here."
  • Davidson County Community College: "Dinner & a Movie" night with a potluck (hopefully with lots of international food) and a screening of The Good Lie, a film about Sudanese refugees.
  • University of Michigan: The International Center and other campus departments hosted Welcoming Week events September 15-24. Events included International Coffee Hour and 60 Minutes Around the Globe.
  • Temple University: The University hosted a panel discussion titled "Creating a Welcoming Campus Community in 2017" led by Temple University faculty, staff, students and community leaders.
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: The Spurlock Museum hosted the University of Illinois Sesquicentennial Exhibit Kickoff. This exhibit looked at ways the University has, over its history, been an active participant in dialogues with community voices locally, across the state and country, and internationally.
  • Michigan State University: The Office for International Students and Scholars hosted students, scholars, faculty/staff and community members for Coffee Hour.
  • University of California, Berkeley: Together with the Refugee Center Online, the Haas School of Business hosted a hackathon to build new tools to help refugees and immigrants re-build their lives in the United States.
  • Bucknell University: To celebrate its first Welcoming Week, Bucknell took photos of students holding "You are Welcome Here" signs.
  • Pennsylvania State University: Students affiliated with Penn State Law’s Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic hosted an information session to discuss changes to Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and hear from a DACA recipient to better understand how these changes affect the community.
  • Keck Graduate Institute: Three students at the Keck Graduate Institute with diverse backgrounds and immigration statuses shared their experiences with their fellow students.
  • North Dakota State University: The NDSU campus library hosted local high school student authors as they discuss their experiences as immigrants.
  • University of South Florida: USF kicked off Welcoming Week with a cultural festival featuring live music, dance performances, educational and cultural tables, food, student performances, and a cultural fashion show.

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Event Inspiration

  • Host a volunteer or service learning project! Invite international and US students to volunteer together to encourage team building while giving back to the community.
  • Invite your College President to join leaders across the country in issuing a Welcoming Week Proclamation affirming all are welcome on your campus using our template.
  • Engage your student government and ask leaders to participate in the #WelcomingWeek and #IWelcome social media campaigns.
  • Host a pizza dinner with international students and study abroad participants and facilitate a dialogue about their experiences landing in a new country.
  • Invite your Member of Congress to your campus to speak about the importance of being a welcoming community. Use Connecting Our World’s toolkit for tips on how to invite an elected official to your institution.  

More Information

Official Welcoming Week Toolkit


Kasey Penfield
Public Policy Associate 

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