Welcoming Week


Celebrate Welcoming Week 2021 with/@yourlibrary!  September 10 – 19

Welcoming Week is an annual series of events where neighbors, immigrants and long-term residents come together in a spirit of unity. These gatherings demonstrate that in places large and small, people of all backgrounds can come together and create stronger communities by building meaningful connections and affirming the benefits of welcoming everyone. [source]

By hosting a Welcoming Week event, you and your library will join communities across the globe that recognize that welcoming each and everyone of us makes our communities stronger economically, socially, and culturally.

Get ready!  Plan a library Welcoming Week activity.

ADD your welcoming activity to the Libraries for Peace map, and share your celebration event worldwide.

Food Culture from Near and Far: Stories of Identity and Belonging
– a Welcoming Week panel discussion (2021 WW theme: “Belonging Begins With Us”)
Thursday, September 16, 2021; 7:00-8:15 pm CT 

FREE Registration  |  Flyer <PDF> <jpg>  |  Recording

The Mortenson Center for International Library Programs (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library) and the UNESCO Center for Global Citizenship invite you to a virtual dialogue by Champaign-Urbana (CU) residents, who have made CU home and introduced their culinary knowledge and skills to the community. The dialogue will be based on food culture to understand the attitudes, beliefs and practices that surround the production and consumption of food. The focus will be on ethnic food culture which embodies our ethnicity and cultural heritage, shapes our identity, fosters a sense of belonging, and provides a medium for communicating and engaging both within and outside our families and communities. The session will begin with a panel discussion, then we welcome attendees to engage by asking questions, and sharing their association of food with their identity and sense of belonging.


    • Jackie Aguilar, El Paraiso, Co-Owner of El Paraiso
    • Mubanga Chanda, Stango, Chef/Co-Owner of Stango Cuisine
    • Julianna Jung, Home Baker and 2020 winner of The Food Network Holiday Baking Championship

Merin Oleschuk, Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This is a Welcoming Week 2021 event of Champaign County:  https://universityymca.org/welcome/ww21/.  For more information, please see the Mortenson Center and Unesco Center for Global Citizenship Facebook pages.

Past Welcoming Week celebrations: