We are excited to invite you to the second annual event for Cincinnati Compass. Come celebrate New Americans who contribute to a strong regional economy and a diverse, vibrant community as we kick off regional celebrations of National Welcoming Week that runs from September 9th-18th.

The event will be held September 9th, 6:00PM - 10:00PM at Waypoint Aviation’s airplane hangar. 4765 Airport Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45226.

Local food with international flavor, drinks, and entertainment will be provided. Tickets are $25 in advance or at the door.


Enjoy food from local Findlay Kitchen chefs with international flavors:





The Arepa Place


Yee Mama

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Hear music and watch performances from:
·         DJ Garley
·         Ijo Ugo
·         Son del Caribe

We are honored to be joined by the Cincinnati and Mercantile Library Poet Laureate, Dr. Yalie Saweda Kamara.


Yalie Saweda Kamara is a Sierra Leonean-American writer, educator, and researcher from Oakland, California. Selected as the 2022-2023 Cincinnati and Mercantile Library Poet Laureate (2-year term), she is the editor of the anthology What You Need to Know About Me: Young Writers on Their Experience of Immigration (The Hawkins Project, 2022) and the author of A Brief Biography of My Name (African Poetry Book Fund/Akashic Books, 2018) and When the Living Sing (Ledge Mule Press, 2017). Kamara has been a finalist for the National Poetry Series competition and the Brunel International African Poetry Prize. She earned a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and English Literature from the University of Cincinnati, an MFA in Creative Writing from Indiana University, Bloomington and an MA in French Culture and Civilization from Middlebury College. For more:

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The University of Cincinnati, which today has more than 3,000 international students, was the first investor in Cincinnati Compass. UC's early and significant support made it possible to build and launch this portal in 2016. The City of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber express their sincere appreciation for UC's contribution to immigrant welcoming and integration in our region.

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