The State of Florida Inclusion Expo | June 25th and 26th | 1:00PM – 5:00PM EST

Let’s make Florida more inclusive towards immigrants! “How?” you ask? Join our State of Florida Inclusion Expo on Friday, June 25th and Saturday, June 26th from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM to find out from a panel of experts. Make sure to register for the State of Florida Inclusion Expo at https://secure.everyaction.com/t5qxhKqoyEa8lfCnBDe5dw2

Friday, June 26th, 2021

We’re gearing up for the #StateofFloridaInclusion Expo! Meet some of the elected officials who will be opening our event at 1:00 PM on Friday, June 25th: Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe & Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness. Make sure to register for the State of Florida Inclusion Expo at https://secure.everyaction.com/t5qxhKqoyEa8lfCnBDe5dw2

Meet Wilfredo Ruiz from CAIR Florida, who will be giving the invocation for the State of Florida Inclusion Expo at 1:00 PM on Friday, June 25th, and WeaveTales’ own Basma Alawee, the leader of the entire Learn, Share, Change initiative. Make sure to register for the State of Florida Inclusion Expo at https://secure.everyaction.com/t5qxhKqoyEa8lfCnBDe5dw2

The history of immigration in Florida is long, complex, and fascinating. Join experts Marianne Quijano, Alexandra Cenatus, Heather Gonyeau, and Terrell Orr as they guide us through that history in our second Friday, June 25th session at 2:00 PM EST, A Peninsula in Movement: How to Study  Florida’s History of Immigration. Make sure to register for the State of Florida Inclusion Expo at https://secure.everyaction.com/t5qxhKqoyEa8lfCnBDe5dw2

So… what exactly is inclusion? The State of Florida Inclusion Expo is lucky to have the primary author of The Report on the State of Immigrant Inclusion in Florida to tell us exactly that in the first of her three webinars. Join Zayda Sorrell-Medina on Friday, June 25th at 3:00 PM EST for What is Inclusion? A framework for policy and practice. Make sure to register for the State of Florida Inclusion Expo at https://secure.everyaction.com/t5qxhKqoyEa8lfCnBDe5dw2

The State of Florida Inclusion Expo is proud to celebrate the experiences and cultures of immigrants during Immigrant Heritage month. Join Naz Hussein, a former Iraqi Kurdish refugee, and Dainelis Rodriguez, an immigrant from Cuba as they share their experiences in their own stories on Friday, June 25th at 3:45 PM EST. Make sure to register for the State of Florida Inclusion Expo at https://secure.everyaction.com/t5qxhKqoyEa8lfCnBDe5dw2

So… how inclusive is Florida, specifically? The State of Florida Inclusion Expo is lucky to have the primary author of The Report on the State of Immigrant Inclusion in Florida to walk us through the statistical findings from a recent statewide survey. Join Zayda Sorrell-Medina on Friday, June 25th at 4:15 PM EST for Is Florida inclusive? An Empirical Evaluation. Make sure to register for the State of Florida Inclusion Expo at https://secure.everyaction.com/t5qxhKqoyEa8lfCnBDe5dw2

What are language rights and how do we ensure them? On Saturday, June 26th at 1:00 PM EST, join Language Access Florida’s Laura Gonzalez, the Rural Women’s Health Project’s Robin Lewy, and indigenous language interpreters/translators Erika Hernández Cuevas (Chinanteco) and Vianna Gonzales (K’iche) as they discuss and demonstrate efforts in North Central Florida to provide language access for all in Language Rights in North Central Florida. Make sure to register for the State of Florida Inclusion Expo at https://secure.everyaction.com/t5qxhKqoyEa8lfCnBDe5dw2

Saturday, June 26th, 2021

Many nonprofit organizations specifically serve immigrants across the United States. What can they learn from each other, and what can policy makers learn from their examples? Join Zayda Sorrell-Medina on Saturday, June 26th at 2:00 PM EST for What are the goals of the US immigrant-serving nonprofit sector? Areas for future innovation, strategic planning and development. Make sure to register for the State of Florida Inclusion Expo at https://secure.everyaction.com/t5qxhKqoyEa8lfCnBDe5dw2

The State of Florida Inclusion Expo is proud to celebrate the experiences and cultures of immigrants during Immigrant Heritage month. Join Noor Alqaysi, a former Iraqi refugee, and Yamira Lee Johnson, an immigrant from Puerto Rico as they share their experiences in their own stories on Saturday, June 26th at 2:45 PM EST. Make sure to register for the State of Florida Inclusion Expo at https://secure.everyaction.com/t5qxhKqoyEa8lfCnBDe5dw2

What is a community ID? Why is it critical for all our communities? How do we win locally to create community ID programs? The State of Florida Inclusion Expo is honored to feature the recent establishment of a community ID program in Broward County, with key players Oliver Torres from the Southern Poverty Law Center, Thomas Kennedy from United We Dream, and Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness sharing their thoughts on their recent victory and the future of the Community ID movement. Make sure to register for the State of Florida Inclusion Expo at https://secure.everyaction.com/t5qxhKqoyEa8lfCnBDe5dw2

The State of Florida Inclusion Expo culminates in a round table discussion bringing together eight experts from across our coalition to provide recommendations for action and policy. Please join us on Saturday, June 26th at 4:00 PM EST. Make sure to register for the State of Florida Inclusion Expo at https://secure.everyaction.com/t5qxhKqoyEa8lfCnBDe5dw2

WG&AC Holds Successful NVC Workshop

In partnership with Gainesville Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and United Church of Gainesville, we held our first NVC workshop for the public on Saturday, Nov. 11. Twenty residents, including one child, attended and learned how to create a community of compassionate communication and understanding. Thank you, Gainesville NVC, for your wonderful facilitation!

WG&AC to Co-host Nonviolent Communication Workshop Sat., Nov. 11

Join Welcoming Gainesville & Alachua County and United Church of Gainesville (UCG) for a Nonviolent Communication Workshop hosted by Gainesville Nonviolent Communication. This event will be held from 2-5 pm at UCG (1624 NW 5th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32605) and is open to the public. The recommended donation/contribution is $5-15. Cash or check only please.

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Our current state of affairs has many looking for opportunities to connect and contribute to a more peaceful and just world for all. We believe part of the way to get to that place is through a more compassionate form of communication among groups and individuals from a range of cultural, socioeconomic, and political backgrounds.

Gainesville Nonviolent Communication creates opportunities to deepen our speaking and listening skills and help create a world where, through empathic listening and honest self-expression, we can find commonality and build bridges no matter where we come from or what we look like.

Welcoming Humans of Gainesville Artwalk Photo Exhibit

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Join photographer Renée Hoffinger and Welcoming Gainesville & Alachua County (WG&AC) for the Dec. 1 Artwalk Gainesville from 7-10 pm at Third House Books & Coffee (113 N. Main Street, Gainesville, FL). Renée will showcase photos from her “Immigrants of Gainesville” series, which highlights the stories of our immigrant neighbors and friends.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments available. Donations to support the continuation of WG&AC’s programming are welcome.

Yard Signs Available

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Join Welcoming Gainesville & Alachua County in demonstrating that we are a community of inclusion and respect. WG&AC decries hate-filled, exclusionary rhetoric, such as that promoted by Richard Spencer and his followers. We have had several requests for yard signs prior to Mr. Spencer’s October 19 event at the University of Florida and would be happy to distribute them to those interested. Signs (plus metal stand) are $10/each. Please e-mail us at welcominggainesville@gmail.com for more information. Thank you!