• IMG_8055.PNG 20 Things Every Pakistani-American Knows (7/12/2017) - About the Author: Maya is a proud Pakistani American attending The Westminster Schools. She has interned with Welcoming Atlanta, and loves speaking about issues involving refugees and immigrants. Anyone growing up in the United States with immigrant parents will tell you the same thing- growing up with two cultures is HARD. Forming my Pakistani-American identity […]
  • “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.” (1) Inclusive Certification (5/9/2017) -   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 […]
  • Blog pic 1 Caught Between (5/9/2017) - My life as a first generation American has been challenging rollercoaster of emotions. I had to endure being left alone for certain periods of time and having to move on from grief. My parents traveled a dangerous route, crossing the dry and empty desert, just to come to the USA so they could provide for our family and give […]
  • Tabling at the Moon Festival in Nov 2016 My Story (4/28/2017) - The fall of Saigon– April 30th, 1975, this date marked the changing of my parents’ lives forever. My dad would often share with me the vivid stories of his escape from Vietnam. He was forced to leave everything behind, including my grandmother and aunt. He had it the hard way, escaping on foot then evading from the Viet Cong on boat. (Keep in mind that he was only about six years old at the time.) People like my dad would later on be called “boat people” by many authors who wrote about the Vietnam War. His excursion took him to the Philippines where he would stay for about four years learning English and praying that someone in America would basically “adopt” him. My mom on the other hand, had it easier. She was in Vietnam for the fall of Saigon but was “withdrawn” with my grandfather who served in the South Vietnamese Army as a Lt. Colonel in the joint task force alongside the American soldiers. Her whole side of the family flew to America and received citizenship very quickly.
  • 12219527_938642962895138_7907279616005540200_n My Life After Coming To The U.S. (4/24/2017) - In 1997 my father came to America in hopes of a better future. He had spent 3 years in the U.S. trying to settle down before going back to Bangladesh to marry my mom. My dad came back to America just months after he got married to my mom. I was born the following year […]
  • as-mayor-i-pledge Mayor Kasim Reed Statement on the City of Atlanta’s Leading Role as a Welcoming City (11/28/2016) - View this release online: 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 Jenna Garland, Press Secretary 404-330-6612, office 404-357-5579, cell […]
  • Naturalization Information Session at El Progreso 14 My Internship Experience at Welcoming Atlanta (11/28/2016) -               As an intern for the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs – Welcoming Atlanta, I had the edifying opportunity to contribute and play a part in Welcoming Atlanta’s mission of inclusion and civic integration. Living in the metro-Atlanta area for about 15 years, I thought I knew my city […]
  • Welcoming Atlanta Seeking Interns and Fellows (11/28/2016) - 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 […]
  • img_5198 Salma’s Journey (11/28/2016) - My mom and dad have five kids: two born in Mexico, one in California, and two in Georgia. I grew up learning Spanish and English while my sisters were raised speaking only Spanish. Many people ask, “Where are you from?” My usual answer is: “My parents were born in Mexico, but I was born here.” […]
  • IMG_5800 My Father’s Journey #IHM2016 (6/28/2016) - As a child, I felt torn as a first generation American, as if I had to choose between my heritage and my home. But as I have grown older, I have realized the beauty of the immigrant experience is a fusion of heritage and home. As a Venezuelan and a Colombian, I have always been […]


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