Creating Pockets of Excellence
Isha Lee, Deputy Director, Welcoming America
As managers of people, projects, and civic priorities, we are challenged to create pockets of function in challenging organizations and environments. These office hours will provide a thought partner for creating function within dysfunction and generating excellent results. Sit down with Deputy Director, Isha Lee
Addressing Hate in Our Communities
Patrice O’Neil, Filmmaker, Not in our Town
The number of hate crimes across the nation has increased at a disturbing rate, and local communities are working not only to heal in the aftermath of such acts, but also to prevent them from happening in the first place. Come share your own community’s struggles and learn what more you can do to prevent hate from festering. Patrice O’Neil will share lessons learned, recommendations, and coaching tailored to your situation through these one-on-one conversations.
Navigating Anti-Immigrant Policies
Angie Junck, Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), & Avideh Moussavian, National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
Communities are navigating a host of anti-immigrant legislation at the federal, state, and local level. Speak one-on-one with experts on immigration policy about how your community can effectively navigate and respond to these measures. Bring your questions about universal representation, legal defense funds, and sanctuary policies.
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Melissa Bertolo, Certified Welcoming Manager, Welcoming America
Communities that participate in Certified Welcoming have the opportunity to complete a comprehensive third-party evaluation, identify gaps and successes, and formally set their community apart as leaders in the movement. Sit down with an expert for to ask questions and strategize.
Meet The New Executive Director
Rachel Peric, Executive Director, Welcoming America
Come meet Welcoming America's new executive director, Rachel Peric. Spend a few minutes sharing your experiences and learn more about her vision for Welcoming America.
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Historic West End and Old Louisville Once known as “Louisville’s Harlem,” the West End is the historic heart of Louisville’s Black community. New investment is beginning to take shape and immigrants are a growing story for investment in these neighborhoods that have struggled under decades of redlining and urban renewal practices. The tour will also explore programs in the Old Louisville neighborhood that work with primarily Hispanic and Latino immigrants and providing services to undocumented residents and transient workers. Stops include Catholic Charities Immigrant and Refugee Services, Russell Neighborhood, Louisville Urban League, and La Casita Center. Sign up here →
Beechmont and Southside Neighborhood These South End neighborhoods are home to the densest immigrant populations in the city and the first foreign born immigrant council person.These neighborhoods have seen a consistent level of immigrant impact for decades. The tour will look at factors that have contributed to immigrant success and meet with key players assisting with this sustained growth. Tour stops include a visit to and the Backside Learning Center at historic Churchill Downs racetrack, Iroquois Library and their immigrant services programs, Woodlawn Avenue Business District, Americana Community Center and global shipping giant UPS’ Global Gateways Program. Sign up here →
Bardstown Road Corridor and West Buechel Neighborhood Bardstown Road’s eclectic mix of communities, attitudes and businesses are a haven for immigrant welcome. Many of the city’s welcoming faith organizations line this corridor and the southern end in the West Buechel Neighborhood is a growing immigrant business district. The tour will stop at Kentucky Refugee Ministries to learn about their programs and civic engagement projects, Jefferson County Public Schools newly assigned ESL Newcomer Academy building and Guiding Light Mosque to learn about interfaith charity programs they have developed in the Louisville Area. Sign up here →
Have your picture taken at our photo booth with welcomer signs to show the world that you welcome. Don’t forget to share on social media using #Interactive2018.
June 19, 7:15 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. and June 20, 7:15 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.
Start your day off right with a morning yoga session.
Mats will be provided.
Tuesday Evening Dinner Groups
Eat delicious food and connect with other WIE 2018 attendees at one of five restaurants in downtown Louisville, KY, on Tuesday, June 19 at 6 p.m.. We have made reservations at five restaurants for groups of up to seven people. Enjoy a chat in a small group setting, then pay for your own meal when you’re ready leave. Sign up here →
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