Welcoming Week

September 10-19, 2021 | Welcoming Week is a global initiative taking place across the U.S. and around the world, inviting local communities to celebrate diversity and inclusion by bringing people together and furthering a welcoming spirit. This Welcoming Week 2021, let’s declare that Belonging Begins With US — that each and every one of us has the power to help others, to be seen, embraced, welcomed, and included in our communities.

Welcoming Week Cedar Rapids is an opportunity to celebrate the values that unite us as neighbors, and to make our communities more welcoming to all who call Eastern Iowa home. By acknowledging Belonging Begins With Us, we call for our neighborhoods, communities, and workplaces to be welcoming and inclusive places where everyone belongs. Check out other Welcoming events happening in Cedar Rapids here.

Join the Catherine McAuley Center this September for #WelcomingWeek2021 and be part of declaring #BelongingBeginsWithUs. CMC will host a week of free webinars and an in-person event that will equip participants with a greater understanding of what it means to be a welcoming community. Please register at the links below.

Cultural Humility Webinar | Monday, September 13 | 1:00 – 2:00pm 
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Expect to get a little uncomfortable as we look at social hierarchies, power dynamics, and biases while we explore the differences between being culturally competent and culturally humble.

English Language Variations Webinar | Tuesday, September 14 | 12:00 – 1:00pm 
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What does it mean to speak English? And does speaking English mean something different for English Learners? In this session, we’ll talk about varieties of English, Standard English, and how culture and identity influence language use and others’ perceptions of language.

Farsi Simulation Event | Wednesday, September 15 | 4:30 – 5:30pm
Location: Catherine McAuley Center | 1220 5th Ave SE | Cedar Rapids, IA
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Have you lived in another country or visited a place where you didn’t know the language? This in-person simulation will help you understand what many of our community members face daily and the paths they take to learn English. 

Strengths-Based Learning Webinar | Thursday, September 16 | 12:00 – 1:00pm
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Understanding our strengths only helps us learn! We will examine what it means to look at students, at educators, and even employees through a strengths-based lens. Empowering everyone to recognize their strengths can support learning in any situation.

Path to Citizenship Webinar | Friday, September 17 | 12:00 – 1:00pm
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We will explore the various ways in which people come to the United States and what it means to be a refugee, immigrant, asylum seeker, and more. We will also take a look at the paths to citizenship available to anyone who has immigrated to the United States.