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    Welcome Dayton Continues Outreach and Education on Issues Impacting Immigration

    March 9, 2017

      Within the first few weeks of the new presidential administration, we have experienced many challenges regarding immigration. We know that the recent Executive Orders have impacted our community in very personal ways and we want to offer our support during this time of increased uncertainty and fear.   We have expanded our efforts in outreach and education with both the receiving community and immigrants and refugees who are living in Dayton. Over the past few weeks, we have engaged in a number of community presentations to ensure our newest residents are aware of their civil and constitutional rights and how ...

    WYSO: “Amid National Controversy, One Refugee Family Arrives in Dayton”

    March 1, 2017

    Public radio station WYSO reports on their experience of joining Catholic Social Services caseworkers in meeting a family of Eritrean refugees only days after President Trump's executive order temporarily banning refugees went into effect: "It’s 8:00 pm on a Thursday, and circling a Huber Heights block with Michael Murphy, refugee resettlement program manager at Catholic Social Services. The plan is to pick up the Genets, a family of 7 Eritrean refugees, and take them to the airport to meet two other family members.  That’s not their real name, Catholic Social Services asked WYSO to protect their identities." ... Read More...

    Films Without Borders

    February 14, 2017

    University of Dayton's Student Government Association invites the public to join them in their film series titled "Films Without Borders". Participants will dig beyond headlines to view the world of immigrants through a variety of films. Films screen this Tuesday and Friday, and next Tuesday and Friday. Discuss this on Facebook....

    DDN: “City Administration Seeks to Put Immigrants, Refugees at Ease”

    February 3, 2017

    "Dayton’s police chief and top administrator spoke publicly this week to try to reassure the community that the city’s policing strategy will not change despite President Donald Trump’s executive orders seeking to crack down on illegal immigration. At Wednesday’s city commission meeting, Chief Richard Biehl again reiterated that his department made one “minor” change to policy to ensure..." Read More Here...

    Mayor Comments on Dayton’s Welcoming Efforts

    January 27, 2017

    A Statement from Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley   "The City of Dayton is a welcoming and inclusive community, committed to supporting the success of every person who lives here.  We have made a commitment to treat all residents equally  regardless of where they come from, how they worship or who they love. This acceptance allows our public safety officials to build stronger community ties, which leads to the increased safety to the residents of Dayton.  I am proud to be Mayor of a city that openly supports diversity and its positive effects on the community." Learn more about Mayor Nan ...

    Local Scholars Study Welcome Dayton for Organizational Collaboration, Immigrant Integration

    January 20, 2017

    Theo Majka, a professor at the University of Dayton and Welcome Dayton committee member, and his colleague Jamie Longazel, have published a study on the organizational collaboration and immigrant integration found in the Welcome Dayton initiative. Abstract: Coinciding with a national trend toward the localization of immigration law and policy, the city of Dayton, Ohio, passed the “Welcome Dayton—Immigrant Friendly City” resolution in 2011. This article focuses on the central role played by a coalition of local organizations, staffed by or advocating on behalf of immigrants and refugees, that led up to the initiative’s passage and during its implementation. Characterized by ...