GF Immigrant Integration

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The City of Grand Forks is the proud home to many new immigrants and refugees who come here to begin new lives, families and opportunities. Together, our existing and new residents create the tapestry that is our community, and together we create a “Welcoming Grand Forks”.

The city has established the Grand Forks Immigrant Integration Initiative as a collaborative, cross-sectional body with three goals:

  1. To promote naturalization and civic engagement among immigrant populations in our communities.
  2. To assess and align community resources to best serve both the New American population and general community.
  3. To assist New Americans with becoming engaged citizens by being prepared to capitalize on opportunities for productive employment, meaningful education, strong family support and positive community and social interactions.


Steering Committee - Individual and Community Partners

Chair - Bret Weber
City Elected Official
Grand Forks County Elected Official
Police Department
Grand Forks Public Schools
United Way
Global Friends Coalition (Link)
New American Services (LSS) (Link)
Public Health
County Social Services
Economic Development Corporation 
 

University of North Dakota
Altru Health System
GF Housing Authority
Banking Institutions
Community Violence Intervention Center
East Grand Forks
Northland Community Technical College
African Community Partners
Job Service
GF Air Force Base
Immigrant and Refugee Citizens

STAFF:
701-746-2608
phaga@grandforksgov.com


Speakers Bureau

The GFIII Speakers Bureau Program will provide access to speakers knowledgeable about refugees and immigration. The GFIII seeks to enhance community awareness and understanding of refugees and immigrants. The Speakers Bureau will foster and open community conversation on "Refugees, Immigrants and Grand Forks" and encourage the community to be welcoming to all people and embrace a common idea of a "Welcoming Grand Forks."

To Schedule Your Presentation Contact:
Lois Folkers
Grand Forks Mayor's Office
701-746-2609
email: lfolkers@grandforksgov.com