Items tagged: Welcoming Week

Welcoming Week Thank You Reception

On October 28th, Equity and Engagement staff member, April Faulkner, attended the Welcoming Week Thank-You Reception. This was social event for participants of Welcoming Week to come together and share what the week’s events meant to them. There was music from the Jasmine Field Orchestra, and more than a dozen organizations were in attendance.

2022 Immigrant Welcome Awards

On September 17, 2022, Welcoming Week culminated with the 9th Annual Immigrant Welcome Awards which recognized the contributions of individuals and organizations that have created a welcoming atmosphere for immigrants in the Champaign-Urbana community. The Communications Division recorded the ceremony, including speeches from award winners and a cultural performance. The video plays regularly on CGTV […]

City and Partners Celebrate Welcoming Week 2022

Celebrated September 9 – September 18, Welcoming Week is an annual campaign to showcase the movement of communities striving to be more welcoming places for all, including immigrants. Welcoming Week provides individuals and communities the opportunity to proclaim welcoming values through events and local initiatives that foster mutual understanding between immigrants and non-immigrants, as well […]


Cynthia Markstahler, Rocio Bautista and Jessica DeVries from the New American Welcome Center (housed at the University YMCA) recently stopped by the City Building to decorate the display case in the atrium. The display case highlights Welcoming Week which begins September 10 and ends September 19. Please stop by the atrium to check out the […]

Announcing the 2020 Recipients of the Immigrant Welcome Awards

The highlight of a very hard year in immigration is the announcement of the 7th Annual Immigrant Welcome Awards. The 2020 Immigrant Welcome Award recipients are: Business Leadership Award – Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Community Impact Award – Chinese American Association at Central Illinois (CAACI) Distinguished Leadership Service Awards – Nils Jacobsen Leadership Awards – […]

City Co-Hosts Welcoming Week Kick Off

The City of Champaign and the University YMCA New American Welcome Center co-hosted the Welcoming Week Kick off on September 13, 2019 in the parking lot in front of the Orpheum Children’s Museum in Downtown Champaign.  Attendees heard upbeat performances from Abraham Mellish and Jean-Rene Balekita and Bomoyi Ministries. Welcoming Week is a nationwide celebration […]

City of Champaign and the University YMCA Co-Hosting Welcoming Week 2019 Kick-Off Celebration

Welcoming Week 2019 will start with a community celebration in front of the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum (346 N. Neil Street, Champaign) on Friday, September 13, 2019, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to this free event full of food, music, entertainment, and giveaways. Event highlights include a welcome address by the mayors […]

Atrium Display Case Highlights Welcoming Week

Staff from the New American Welcoming Center at the University YMCA stopped by the City Building to decorate the Atrium display case for the month of September. The display highlights the upcoming Welcoming Week, being marked from September 14 – 23. The week will culminate with the 5th Annual Immigrant Welcome Awards on Saturday, September 22. […]