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09/05/2019

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Penn State Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic and the State College Borough Join with Welcoming America to Host Welcoming Week 2019 Event: Building Common Ground on Immigration

State College, Pa –Penn State Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic and the State College Borough will celebrate Welcoming Week 2019 by hosting a local event, Building Common Ground on Immigration. This event will take place on Tuesday, September 17, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the steps at Old Main and will feature State College and Penn State leaders sharing their stories and views on current immigration policies and the benefits of welcoming everyone to the community.
 
Welcoming America is a network of organizations and entities committed to fostering welcoming communities for immigrants. Welcoming Week is a nation-wide celebration that will take place during the week of September 13. In 2018, there were over 2,000 events in 400 communities during Welcoming Week, with more than 80,000 people participating and over 14 million social media impressions.
 
Professor Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia of the Penn State Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic will introduce the following featured speakers:

  • Hin Ton Wong (Tracy), Penn State Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic
  • Thomas R. King, State College Borough
  • Damon Sims, Penn State University Student Affairs
  • Dr. Seriashia Chatters, State College Area School District
  • Sgt. Monica Himes, Penn State University Police and Public Safety

 
This is the second year that the Penn State Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic and the State College Borough will be participating in Welcoming Week.
 
“People like to think of America as a melting pot, and that’s a good thing. . . . but I also understand that people still need to have their comfort zones, and they need them more when they are afraid,” said Mayor Donald Hahn at the 2018 Welcoming Week event, the Immigration and Equity Summit. This local event aims to celebrate Americans of all backgrounds. This event will emphasize the importance of coming together to create stronger, more prosperous communities. It is a time to celebrate the diversity that unites the community as neighbors, students, and colleagues, and to make State College more welcoming to newcomers and to everyone who calls the community home. 

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If you would like more information about this event, please contact Douglas Shontz at (814) 278-4723 or email at dshontz@statecollegepa.us.

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