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Welcoming Week In Tulsa; Sept. 12 – Sept. 18

This article was archived on 11/1/2020

The City of Tulsa will celebrate Welcoming Week, a nationwide annual celebration that brings immigrants, refugees, and longtime residents together to affirm the importance of unity and inclusivity, from Sept. 12 to Sept. 18. 

This years’ theme, “Creating Home Together,” focuses on bringing Tulsans of all backgrounds together to achieve the City’s goal of shared prosperity. Several events and trainings for employers, workforce providers, and service providers will be held throughout the week.

“We launched the New Tulsans Initiative to show that Tulsa was committed to becoming a world-class city that promotes opportunities for both native-born and immigrant residents,” said Krystal Reyes, Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Tulsa. “Through the various events happening during Welcoming Week, we’ll celebrate the cultural diversity in our city and help build capacity in our city to implement innovative strategies to create shared prosperity for everyone who makes Tulsa their home.”

Welcoming Week events include:

Cultural Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training
Date: Sept. 16, 1 - 3 p.m.
Location: Virtual – Sign Up Online
Description: Flourish Tulsa will partner with Upwardly Global to offer a training on integrating internationally trained immigrants and refugees into the local workforce. During this training, Upwardly Global coaching experts will employ design thinking tools to discuss practical strategies to recruit and retain immigrant talent, model policies, and much more.

Naturalization Ceremony
Date: Sept. 17, 9 - 9:30a.m.
Location: Tulsa City Hall - Watch Online
Description: Happening on Citizenship Day, 10 immigrants, representing seven different countries, will look to naturalize and become Tulsa’s newest citizens.

Credential Evaluation and Recognition Training
Date: Sept. 18, 10 – 11 a.m.
Location: Virtual – Sign Up Online
Description: Flourish Tulsa will partner with World Education Service (WES) to offer a credential recognition and evaluation training for employers and service providers. Among the barriers many college-educated immigrants and refugees face is the inadequate recognition of international education and credentials. Join us for a training on how to help immigrants and refugees in our community gain adequate recognition for their education and training to continue their profession or pursue further education in Tulsa.

To learn more about Flourish Tulsa, Welcoming Week, and to sign up for a Welcoming Week training, visit If you or your organization has a Welcoming Week event you’d like to share with the City of Tulsa, please email event details to