Welcoming Communities & Immigrant Affairs Division seeks to bridge the space between newcomers and existing Dallas residents, to find common ground, to foster informed understanding and to promote shared leadership.
Our work is guided by the Welcoming Dallas Strategy, which includes the following areas:
GOAL: Local government is committed to being inclusive and welcoming, and plays a central role in building local capacity while advancing inclusion of diverse communities within its own agencies and bodies.
GOAL: Welcoming communities build relationships among diverse communities, including newcomers and longer-term residents. They also foster trust and build relationships between diverse communities and local law enforcement and safety agencies.
GOAL: Welcoming communities reduce barriers to services and participation so that opportunities in the community are available to all residents.
GOAL: Welcoming communities actively ensure that diverse populations fully participate in civic life, including increasing access to leadership, citizenship and community participation.
GOAL: Welcoming communities harness the full potential of all their residents. Everyone has the skills and assets to thrive, and economic development systems are prepared to leverage new and existing talent. Welcoming communities also ensure everyone has the education needed to succeed in school and the workforce.