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Mohamed Al-Hamdani

Manager of Life Services Partnerships, CareSource

Mohamed is excited to be starting a family with his wife in the city he calls home. His time in Dayton demonstrates how people create roots and build community in new places.

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The Antoons

Wright State Graduates

Despite being uprooted from their comfortable lifestyle in Iraq and forced to restart from square one in America as refugees, Fady and Bashar have fallen in love with this country–and Dayton.

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Jeanette Taylor

Program Coordinator, NCCJ

After retirement, Jeanette Taylor didn’t waste any time continuing her work with Dayton’s youth. Now with NCCJ, she works to foster and promote an inclusive community among the city’s youngest residents.

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Dieudonne Nsabimana  

President, Burundian Cultural and Educational Association  

Preserving and promoting his Burundian culture is important to Dieudonne Nsabimana. By helping bring the unique African music and dance to Dayton, local refugees and Dayton natives benefit alike.

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Jacques Kahindo

Professor, Wilberforce University

Many groups and organizations came to the aid of Jacques Kahindo between growing up in the Democratic Republic of Congo and eventually settling in Dayton. Now he’s working to provide the same support to Dayton’s population of African refugees.

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Alyssa Wagner

Program Director, El Puente Education Center

An immersion field trip to the Dominican Republic turned Alyssa Wagner’s love of Latino culture into a service-oriented passion for helping Dayton’s Hispanic children.

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Dr. Ayman Salem

CEO, Material Resources, LLC

After building a career in aerospace technology in Dayton, Dr. Salem sees himself as an example that other aspiring entrepreneurs and immigrants can follow.

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Dr. Migwe Kimemia

Program Director, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) –Dayton Office

After a unique life journey that’s taken him from East Africa to Southwest Ohio, Migwe Kimemia has emerged as an inspiring force in Dayton’s diverse cultural landscape.

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Scott Reeve

President, Composite Advantage

Composite Advantage makes lightweight, low-maintenance bridge decks for vehicles and pedestrians. But, President Scott Reeve is also well known as a man who builds bridges to Dayton’s immigrant community.

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Bor Jang

CEO, Angstron Materials, Nanotek Instruments

When Taiwanese Bor Jang first came to the United States in 1976, he found himself lost in an airport in South Bend, Indiana, barely able to speak English.

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Momentum in 2015 Propels Dayton Welcoming Efforts Forward in 2016

As Welcome Dayton charges ahead into 2016, we are proud to join the dozens of other cities across the country in setting the standard for welcoming foreign-born residents into our communities, economies and cultures.

In 2015, we have taken the lead on setting a local example while engaging in the national conversation. As just one example, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and five other mayors from key WE Global Network cities comprised a full one-third of the 18 mayors signing a letter to President Obama in September praising him for agreeing to accept Syrian refugees.

We have already continued this trend as our local leaders set the pace for Dayton in 2016. President Obama hosted over 250 bipartisan Mayors including Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley at the White House on January 21 during their annual U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C. During their visit to the White House, the President thanked the Mayors for their steadfast partnerships over the past seven years and outlined the Administration’s priorities for cities across the country in the year ahead.

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