Welcoming the World

Welcoming Week

A way of bringing communities together to celebrate the unity and strong connection with each other as well as to exhibit and applaud the benefits of welcoming newcomers. Global Cleveland is a welcoming voice for the community and a force in Cleveland promoting equity and inclusion practices throughout our region. We are here to help and serve immigrants and newcomers who come to Cleveland/Cuyahoga county searching for economic opportunity and a better life. We strengthen our city by welcoming our world.

Key Dates

2020: September 12 – 18, 2020

2019: September 13 – 20, 2019

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Welcoming Week 2019 Schedule of Events

Friday, September 13th

Welcoming the World Campaign – Welcoming Week Kick-off

Where: Happening around the city

  • Showcase companies and organizations as global friendly employers.
  • Demonstrate Cleveland’s network of international talent living and working in our region.
  • Underscore just how welcoming Cleveland and the surrounding region is to newcomers.
  • Progressive narrative decals installed for one month at participating companies.
  • Interactive map on our website.

Sunday, September 15th

Art Tour at the Cleveland Museum of Art

  • Special self-guided tour of the museum’s work by immigrant artists
  • ArtLens App is free and available  for download

Beginning Monday, September 16th

Welcoming Week Soundtrack

Start your week off with Global Cleveland’s specially curated Spotify playlist of international music

Monday, September 16th

Northeast Ohio Welcomes the World

Where: Throughout Cuyahoga County

  • Participating cities and townships will provide proclamation and resolution for their city/township as a welcoming city during the week at their various city meetings.

Monday, September 16th

Interfaith Service and Luncheon

Time: Noon-1 PM

Where: United Church of Christ Amistad Chapel

  • Non-denominational prayer service and luncheon celebrating diverse cultures and religions.

RSVP: Email giving@ucc.org

Questions: Email giving@ucc.org

Tuesday, September 17th

Global Cleveland’s Passport Party

Time: 4:30-6:30 PM

Where: Market Garden Brewery

  • In partnership with Cleveland Council on World Affairs, Council of International Programs USA, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Destination Cleveland, International Partners in Mission, The Refugee Response and Vitamix, Global Cleveland will host a Passport Party.
  • Attendees are asked to bring their passport and will be encouraged to meet others and share their passport stamps and stories.
  • Furthest stamp on a passport from Global Cleveland’s office wins a Vitamix (Only one winner)
  • One Lucky Winner will win a VIP Tour and Tasting Experience certificate – Market Garden Brewery
  • Receive a passport application and for renewal and for voter registration.

Register: PassportParty.eventbrite.2019


Tuesday, September 17th

Book Signing with Khizr Khan, Constitutional Lawyer and Gold Star Father

Time: 7 P.M. book signing

Where: Cleveland Public Library Main Branch

  • In partnership with Cleveland Public Library, Global Cleveland will host a book signing for Mr. Khan’s newest book This is our Constitution: What it is and Why it Matters.
  • Free and open to the public.

Register: BookSigning.WelcomingWeek.2019

Wednesday, September 18th

Global Cleveland Forum at the City Club

Time: Noon

Where: City Club of Cleveland

Speaker: Mr. Khizr Khan, Constitutional Lawyer and Gold Star Father

  • The Forum will showcase a speaker who immigrated to the U.S. and will highlight their story.
  • Global Cleveland will partner with The City Club of Cleveland.
  • The event will be a ticketed luncheon and also will feature a Q&A session.

Tickets: KhizrKhan.WelcomingWeek.2019

Use code GC19 for 20% off while purchasing tickets

Wednesday, September 18th

Global Cleveland Cocktail Reception at Alexander Mann Solutions

Time: 4:30 PM-7:30 PM

Where: Alexander Mann Solutions (VIP Invite Only)

  • Mark Jones, Senior Vice President – Americas Commercial, Alexander Mann Solutions, is an immigrant from the U.K. and moved to Cleveland to open an office focused on talent acquisition solutions.
  • Alexander Mann Solutions will host a cocktail reception for Global Cleveland and will highlight his story as a global executive.
  • Rosaleen Blair, CEO and Founder, Alexander Mann Solutions, will be in attendance.

Thursday, September 19th

Global Cleveland E-1/E-2 Visas Breakfast

Time: 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Where: Westfield Studio Theatre

  • Prominent immigration attorney David Leopold, Partner and Chair, Immigration Law Group, Ulmer & Berne LLP, will speak to the changes to the E-1/E-2 visas (Treaty Trader visa E-1 and Treaty Investor Visa E-2).
  • As of May 2019, E-1/E-2 visas have been opened up for Israel nationals to live and work in the U.S.
  • The visas are for people who want to open a business or create as start-up and for those who want to become employees at those businesses.
  • The U.S. has trade deals in place with many countries for E-1/E-2 visas.

Register: E-1/E-2VisasBreakfast.WelcomingWeek.2019



Friday, September 20th

Naturalization Ceremony

Time: 9 AM Check-in, 10 AM Ceremony

Where: Cuyahoga County Public Library Solon Branch

  • Naturalization ceremonies are scheduled for every two weeks throughout the year.
  • Join us for this special ceremony during National Welcoming Week