This week Austin celebrates Welcoming Week by hosting several community events as a way of “creating home together” and fostering a sense of belonging in communities around the world.
Mayor Tom Stiehm has proclaimed September 12-20, 2020 to be Welcoming Week and, in addition, Mower County has also taken steps to proclaim Welcoming Week and foster the spirit of welcoming and inclusivity throughout the county. Under the theme of “Creating Home Together”, the Austin Human Rights Commission, Riverland Community College, Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, Austin Public Library, Austin Area Arts, Welcome Center, and YMCA will host events during the week of September 12:
Rachel Peric, Executive Director of Welcoming America stated that Welcoming Week is a time to not only celebrate the values of equality and belonging, but to bring our communities together to live them in practice. She went on to state that in places large and small, rural and urban, thousands of local leaders remind us of what is possible when we make it our priority to create a sense of home for every member of our community, so that all of us can be healthy, participate, and thrive.