As part of the New Tulsans Initiative, the City of Tulsa launched Flourish Tulsa to support internationally trained immigrants, or immigrants with education and professional experiences from abroad. According to the American Community Survey (ACS) 2019, 24.4% of the foreign born population in the city of Tulsa hold a bachelor's degree and 9.5% hold an advanced degree. Yet, more than 1 in 3 college-educated newcomers in Tulsa County face underemployment, meaning they are employed in jobs that require less than a college degree.
Through community partnerships, we are developing strategies to meaningfully integrate the professional skills and talents our internationally trained immigrant population brings to Tulsa. This work is also supported by the World Education Services (WES) Global Talent Bridge.
Mayor’s Office of Resilience and Equity
The Mayor’s Office of Resilience and Equity (MORE) works to achieve equality for all Tulsans through partnership building, education, cultural awareness, and advocacy. MORE oversees the New Tulsan Initiative, an initiative to support immigrants and refugees in our city. | Learn more
Tulsa Authority for Economic Development (TAEO)
The Tulsa Authority for Economic Opportunity (TAEO) seeks to transform Tulsa by increasing economic opportunity for our residents by keeping and growing local businesses, attracting new businesses, investing in job training, supporting commercial, neighborhood, and housing development, and managing public finance programs. | Learn more
Tulsa Community College
The Tulsa Community College ESL Program team is committed to helping immigrants, refugees, and international students become more proficient in American English and developing the skills to succeed in college and the workplace. | Learn more
YWCA Tulsa offers Civics and Citizenship classes, legal services for naturalization and family-based cases, English as a second language classes, employment and social services for refugees and asylee clients and much more. | Learn more
Tulsa Regional Chamber
Mosaic is the Tulsa Regional Chamber's coalition of companies and nonprofit partners who celebrate diversity, champion equity and cultivate inclusion to attract top talent and strengthen the regional economy. Mosaic hosts monthly meetings to discuss best practices, share resources and learn from area experts. | Learn more
Green Country Workforce
Green Country Workforce offers job seekers career counseling and exploration, workshops, training assistance, and employment placement. At the same time, Green Country Workforce offers employers wage subsidies and training programs. | Learn more
Founded by Dr. Martha Zapatha, an internationally trained immigrant, uma Tulsa utilizes the peer educator and the trainer of trainers model, to reach, educate, and support culturally diverse, historically underserved communities in their native language(s). | Learn more
World Education Services (WES)
World Education Services (WES) is dedicated to helping international students, immigrants, and refugees achieve their educational and career goals in the U.S. and Canada. WES evaluates international educational qualifications, supports the integration of immigrants into the workforce, and provides philanthropic funding to immigrant-serving organizations. | Learn more