The New Tulsans Initiative recognizes the core belief that our city’s greatest asset is our people. As Tulsa grows and becomes a diverse world-class city, the New Tulsans Initiative Welcoming Plan will provide pathways for socially responsible immigrant integration and will seek out opportunities that benefit both native born and immigrant residents of Tulsa.
As part of the process of developing the New Tulsans Welcoming Plan, the Mayor’s Office for Community Development and Policy has convened stakeholders who have reviewed national best practices, assessed local strengths and challenges, and have deliberated on ways that Tulsa can welcome immigrants. These stakeholders included immigrant residents of Tulsa, local government officials, community organizations, faith-based groups, schools, businesses, and institutions.
The New Tulsans Welcoming Plan is organized into five categories that are critical to building a welcoming Tulsa: Civic Engagement, Economic Development, Education, Health, and Public Safety. Each of these categories offer a vision, goals and actions that offer ways on how Tulsa can:
Ultimately, the New Tulsans Initiative Welcoming Plan will allow Tulsa immigrants to bring their best to our city— providing fresh perspectives, starting businesses, and contributing to the vibrant diversity that makes our city prosper.
As part of the New Tulsans initiative, the City of Tulsa and YWCA Tulsa announced Tulsa received a two-year $25,000 a year America is Home grant from the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) to help remove barriers for eligible immigrant permanent residents seeking to become U.S. citizens. The grant will be matched locally in the first year by the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, the Coretz Family Foundation and the George Kaiser Family Foundation.Read More