Inclusive Certification

“Now, more than ever, we must embrace the responsibility we have to each other. We must transcend that which divides us, and respect what makes each of us valuable and unique.” – Mayor Kasim Reed In partnership with Open For Service, Welcoming Atlanta and the City of Atlanta are creating a movement to expand the meaning of active inclusion in private and public spaces. We aim to create a Georgia where people know they will be treated with respect as members of a diverse society. Businesses, schools, and other public spaces that affirm a commitment to inclusion gain significant power to build and shape their communities for the better. And that’s not surprising. After all, the things that build stronger communities – mutual respect, inclusiveness, and compassion – have always been simple.   To celebrate diversity more visibly in our community, Welcoming Atlanta is launching a campaign to certify public spaces as inclusive. Businesses, organizations, and other spaces can show their dedication to welcoming all patrons and visitors – regardless of nationality/race, sexual orientation, language, disability or gender/religious expression – easily and for free! Customers wishing to support inclusive businesses can search the Open For Service mobile app for spaces near them that welcome everyone.   Are you ready to show that your business or agency welcomes all patrons? Register your business and order your free Atlanta Welcomes Everyone sticker on Open For Service, and then place the sticker on your storefront – it’s that quick and easy! If you live in the City of Atlanta, we will gladly bring you your free Atlanta Welcomes Everyone...

Mayor Kasim Reed Statement on the City of Atlanta’s Leading Role as a Welcoming City

View this release online: http://www.atlantaga.gov/index.aspx?recordid=4846&page=672 Mayor Kasim Reed Statement on the City of Atlanta’s Leading Role as a Welcoming City Posted Date: 11/28/2016 4:00 PM  Mayor’s Office of Communications 55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303 Anne Torres, Director 404-330-6423, office 404-904-2618, cell amtorres@atlantaga.gov Jenna Garland, Press Secretary 404-330-6612, office 404-357-5579, cell jgarland@atlantaga.gov FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 28, 2016 News Release Mayor Kasim Reed Statement on the City of Atlanta’s Leading Role as a Welcoming City ATLANTA –  “Atlanta is proud to be a welcoming city. Atlanta is a city that historically has stood up for the civil and human rights of everyone, but we live in uncertain times. We know that many Atlantans are fearful and concerned about their families. They question whether their freedoms will be upheld and lawfully protected. They worry that they will suffer persecution from a surge in bigotry. The City of Atlanta is the dominant cultural and economic center of the Southeast. My administration is determined to use the full strength of that position to lead with policies that uphold and enhance the civil rights of all our residents. Any threat to our constitutionally guaranteed liberty is a threat to all Atlantans. We will continue to vigorously protect and support immigrant students who are DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients. We value the economic and cultural vitality these young people bring to our City. Atlanta will not tolerate acts of hatred against our residents and visitors. We will prosecute crimes of this nature to the fullest extent of the law. If you are the victim of a hate crime or...

Welcoming Atlanta Seeking Interns and Fellows

The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs – Welcoming Atlanta builds upon Atlanta’s proud tradition of inclusion and welcoming by ensuring that our immigrant and refugee neighbors are seamlessly integrated into the fabric of our community as we continue to build a multicultural city that attracts families and businesses from around the world. Welcoming Atlanta seeks interns and fellows to join the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. Interns and fellows will be exposed to all aspects of Welcoming Atlanta’s programs and initiatives. RESPONSIBILITIES AND FUNCTIONS  Assist in carrying out Welcoming Atlanta outreach strategy and plan through varied events;  Understand and explain the APD Multicultural Liaison Unit’s “Know Your Rights” pamphlet during outreach;  Encourage civic participation and government engagement within Atlanta’s immigrant community;  Activate broad public interest in City programs and services during outreach and as a Welcoming Atlanta Ambassador;  Directly engage with and collect data from Atlanta residents on relevant issues and help the leadership team;  Attend community meetings and events to provide information about and promote City programs, and bring back issues and concerns to the leadership team;  Support community-based organizing by disseminating education and outreach materials into target neighborhoods;  Help increase and build trust and information between local government and Atlanta’s foreign-born community during outreach and events;  Connect to – and build relations with – new immigrant communities through door knocking and “pounding the pavement” activities  Identify immigrant community leaders to serve as points of contact while building rapport and relationships with community members during outreach and events  Build 1:1 connections with immigrant community members and their...

Welcoming Atlanta Hiring a Community Associate

City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs – Welcoming Atlanta Seeking Community Associate   POSITION SUMMARY The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs – Welcoming Atlanta builds upon Atlanta’s proud tradition of inclusion and welcoming by ensuring that our immigrant and refugee neighbors are seamlessly integrated into the fabric of our community as we continue to build a multicultural city that attracts families and businesses from around the world. Today, Metropolitan Atlanta boasts the second-fastest growing foreign-born population in the United States. The Welcoming Atlanta initiative brings together city government and community leaders to support our newest Atlantans and to ensure that our city remains a global leader in the 21st century. Welcoming Atlanta aims to foster a connected community where all Atlantans can fully participate in civic life, contribute their talents to grow our city’s economy and work together with those entrusted to protect our public safety to make Atlanta a safe and friendly place to live and do business. Welcoming Atlanta is seeks a Community Associate to join the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. The Community Associate will conduct outreach and community engagement on behalf of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.  Selected candidate will work closely with Welcoming Atlanta, the City and nonprofit partners to conduct outreach to communities and neighborhoods across the City to ensure understanding of all City services and programs and ensure that the concerns of Atlanta’s diverse immigrant communities and community based organizations are heard and incorporated into future programs and all programmatic implementation. This is a part-time, 24 hour/week position. RESPONSIBILITIES AND FUNCTIONS Expand upon and implement Welcoming Atlanta outreach strategy...

Welcoming Atlanta is Hiring a Director of Programs

We are delighted to share that the City of Atlanta will be hiring a Director of Programs to oversee the community engagement and economic empowerment programming of  Welcoming Atlanta.   We are looking for candidates with extensive program design, implementation, and evaluation experience to launch the programmatic recommendations of the Welcoming Atlanta Advisory Board, approved by Mayor Reed.  We request that all interested candidates apply by Friday, November 6. For application detail see link: Director of Programs City of Atlanta – Welcoming Atlanta...

City of Atlanta Welcoming Week Events

From September 12-20, the City of Atlanta will celebrate National Welcoming Week to honor our rich tradition of inclusion and cultural diversity. National Welcoming Week aims to promote and foster an environment that facilitates deeper connections between U.S. born citizens, immigrants, and people from diverse backgrounds. The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and partners from across the city will host events that promote understanding, respect, and appreciation for the many residents, cultures, and communities that make Atlanta a great place to live, work, and explore. Join us for one or all of our events. We look forward to celebrating Atlanta’s rich diversity with you. * Denotes event hosted by the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.   Saturday, September 12, 2015 Atlanta Soccer Festival* Where: GSU Football Fields, 188 MLK Drive SE Atlanta, GA 30303 Time: 1pm-6pm Cost: Free Details: Soccer clinics and pick-up games by Soccer in the Streets, barbecue, celebrities, and information on how to work, live, and play in the City of Atlanta. Clinics will be held at 2pm and 4pm. Pick-up games will be held every hour on the hour. If you are interested in volunteering please click here. If you are interested having a booth at the event, please click here. More Information: HERE   Lantern Parade Where: Atlanta BeltLine, Eastside Trail Time: 7:30pm-10:30pm Cost: Free Details: Every year, Art on the Atlanta BeltLine has celebrated our exhibition with a captivating and energetic Lantern Parade. This event has grown to attract such large crowds that it now officially opens the temporary art exhibition each year on the first Saturday after Labor Day....