New Yorkers will be asked to share their own or their family’s immigration stories at a series of community events to be held by the New York State Office for New Americans and the New York Council for the Humanities, the state announced today.
The events are being launched in time for National Welcoming Week that takes place from Sept. 15 to Sept. 22 to celebrate the contributions made by immigrants. The events are scheduled to continue through to early December.
“While our representatives in Congress discuss the value of immigrants in Washington, it is important that we have similar conversations in town halls and living rooms across this State,” said Secretary of State Cesar Perales in a statement.
Trained facilitators will be leading the community conversation events that are expected to last between an hour to an hour and a half. They are being partnered with non-profit community-based groups.
“When each of these discussion groups gathers to talk about our shared experiences as a nation of immigrants, participants gain new understanding and forge real bonds, even across perceived differences,” said Sara Ogger, the council’s executive director in a statement.
Participants will be asked to complete a final evaluation to help gauge this program’s effectiveness.
Upcoming events include:
• A Community Conversation at the Riverdale YM-YWHA on Sept. 13
• A Community Conversation at the Community Action Organization of Erie County (Buffalo) on Sept. 26
• A Community Conversation for Kids at the Hispanic Brotherhood of Rockville Centre on Oct. 10