Webinar: Receiving Communities: Preparing a Culture of Welcome
April 30, 2013
This webinar is the first in a series of Welcoming Cities webinars, co-hosted with Welcoming America.
Learn how small-to-medium cities like Boise, United States, and Erfurt, Germany, are successfully bringing newcomers and receiving communities together with innovative programs and a clear message about the two-way benefits of immigrant integration. How do we bring newcomers and established residents into contact with each other and create a culture of welcome? One way is to start with cross-cultural interactions that build trust and mutual understanding.
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Petra Eweleit is the Project Manager of Strangers Become Friends in Erfurt, Germany. Prior to this role, she was the Chairperson of the City of Erfurt’s office for „Auslandsgesellschaften“ (foreign companies). Petra has extensive experience working with youth in social work and education. She has over twenty years of teaching experience where she taught at the Polytechnical High School in Erfurt. She holds a teaching degree in Russian, Arts and English. She was born in Wilzschhaus / Erzgebirge, in the former Eastern part of Germany, and she is fluent in German, Russian, and English.
Jan A. Reeves, Director, Idaho Office for Refugees, Boise, United States
Jan Reeves is Director of the Idaho Office for Refugees (IOR), the agency responsible for the provision of assistance and self-sufficiency services to refugees resettled in the state. Jan has been involved for over twenty-seven years in developing and implementing service programs for refugees, beginning as a staff employment specialist in 1985. Since 1989, he has served in a number of management positions, including Director of the Mountain States Refugee Resettlement Program, Director of the Mountain States Refugee Center and, since 1998, State Refugee Coordinator.
Jan is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and a veteran of the Vietnam conflict, where he served as a combat pilot in the U.S. Air Force. He is the 2010 recipient of the Liberty Bell award presented by the Idaho Fourth District Bar Association and the 2011 recipient of the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement Director’s Award for commitment to the support and care of refugees.
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