Welcoming Week

About Welcoming Week

Welcoming Week is an annual celebration, initiated by Welcoming America, bringing together people in local communities to build unity and a sense of belonging for new and long-time residents. This year the theme is “Creating Home Together”.

Each day for six days of Welcoming Week we want to lift people’s voices and to celebrate immigrant, refugee, and international communities while inspiring people to be welcoming for a more connected, inclusive, and vibrant region. We will highlight and recognize someone with an immigrant, refugee, or international background and story that has made an impact in the Cincinnati region. Each person highlighted shares a passion for creating a more diverse, vibrant region and will offer recommendations through personal experience on how we can create home together.

We ask that you share these stories and your own using the hash tags #WelcomingWeek and #CreatingHomeTogether. We also invite you to connect with us at Cincinnati Compass to learn more about how you can get involved or how we can help lift up your work across the region.

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Christopher Che
President/CEO The Che International Group, LLC (CIG)

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Felicity Tao

Felicity Tao
Senior Brand Strategist at Cincinnati Bell; Founder and Current Chair of the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Cultural Exchange Association

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Gaby Batshoun

Gaby Batshoun
President and Founder of Global Business Solutions, Inc.

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Samira Jaweed

Samira Jaweed
Social Services Manager of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati

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Aliou Diouf

Aliou Diouf
Vice President, Employee Health & Benefits at Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC; Vox Futura, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

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Ernestine Manirambona

Ernestine Manirambona
Project Manager at CARE-Cincinnati (Civic Action for Refugee Empowerment); Community Navigator at RefugeeConnect

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Dr. Paula Silva

Dr. Paula Silva
Assistant Professor, Center of Cognition, Action, & Perception (CAP) and Co-Director of Graduate Training, Psychology Department at University of Cincinnati

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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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Founding Investors