The Chicago Council on Global Affairs & the American Immigration Council published a report praising Grand Forks for our Immigration Integration efforts. Check out this news release for more information.
Pictured from left: Goma Oli, Mayor Michael R. Brown, Dilli Oli at the 2014 State of the City Address
According to Dilli Oli, who came to Grand Forks in 2008 after having lived in a refugee camp in Nepal for almost twenty years, the Civics Academy that he participated in through Global Friends Coalition in 2011 was a big help. He said he "got a chance to learn more things about the community, for example, the role of the police and the fire department." He also learned about public library services, other social services available in Grand Forks, how to find a job, buy a house, and information about City Council. It helped him know "how to connect to the people of Grand Forks." Dilli said it was like getting "wheels on a car. If a car has no wheels, it can't run. I felt like I gained wheels."
Grand Forks Immigration Integration Initiative
The city has established the Grand Forks Immigrant Integration Initiative as a collaborative, cross-sectional body with three goals:
Steering Committee - Individual and Community Partners
|Chair - Bret Weber
City Elected Official
Grand Forks County Elected Official
Grand Forks Public Schools
Global Friends Coalition (Link)
New American Services (LSS) (Link)
County Social Services
Economic Development Corporation
University of North Dakota
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:
Grand Forks Mayor's Office