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How we can invest in citizenship – commentary by Mayor McAdams and Alan Rindlisbacher

September 26, 2017

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Mayor McAdams co-authored a piece titled "How we can invest in citizenship". Read it here

Refugees are Welcome in Utah

August 31, 2017

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Refugees are Welcome in Utah. Mayor McAdams joined other local and state elected officials in signing a letter to President Trump expressing support for U.S. refugee resettlement in their area and asking for an FY2018 Presidential Determination of at least 75,000 refugees.

Welcoming Salt Lake Photo Project

October 28, 2016

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New Americans in our community are our friends, neighbors, colleagues, and family members.


Lt. Governor Spencer Cox talks with Delphine Uwimbabazi and Pa Lay Wah, refugee teens from Burundi and Burma, who participate in the afterschool program at the Sunnyvale Neighborhood Center. 



Real Mascot Leo the Lion and Salt Lake Real players Yura Movsisyan (left) and Phanuel Kavita (right) goof off after a long morning of practice. Both Yura and Phanuel are refugees from Azerbaijan and the Congo. Phanuel was resettled in Utah when he was 8 years old. 



Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Bishop Gerald Causse and Atem Aleu share their stories. Both are immigrants and are passionate about helping refugees around the world. Atem, a Lost Boy from Sudan, holds degrees from BYU and Brandeis University, and works for Utah’s Department of Workforce Service’s Refugee Services Office. 



Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and Salt Lake County employee and Chinese immigrant Ze Min Xiao discuss Welcoming Salt Lake strategies in the Mayor's office. 



Long-time friends, Pamela Atkinson and Aden Batar catch up on life. Both are passionate about helping refugees in Utah. Aden Batar is a refugee from Somalia and the Executive Director of Catholic Community Services.



Scott Anderson and Dr. Dinesh Patel attend a Utah Symphony concert together. Both serve on the board of the Utah Symphony. Scott Anderson is the President of Zion’s Bank and Dr. Patel is an Indian immigrant, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and supporter of the arts.



Community leader Byron Russell and Valter Nassi, a business owner and immigrant from Italy, share an afternoon espresso and good conversation at Valter’s Osteria in Salt Lake City. 



Former Utah Jazz player and community advocate Thurl Bailey and Enes Hskis, a Bosnian refugee and business owner, catch up on life. 



Life-long Salt Lake City resident and Downtown Alliance Executive Director Jason Mathis eats empanadas with friend, community leader, business owner, and Argentinian immigrant Ana Valdemoros.



Pastor France Davis and a member of his congregation, Gabriel Dorado, a long-time Salt Lake resident originally from Mexico, greet each other at the Calvary Baptist Church.

Tell us what you think!

September 16, 2016

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The New Americans Task Force developed an action plan for how our community can be more welcoming to immigrants and refugees. Read the plan and tell us what you think! We'll take your comments and adjust the plan based on your thoughts. 

Read the action plan here