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Beaverton has long been known for the diversity of its growing population.


Now, the city wants all its residents to know just how much they are appreciated.

A proclamation in honor of Welcoming Week was read at the Sept. 13 Beaverton City Council meeting, followed by a presentation given by Alexis Ball and Megan Cohen from the Cultural Inclusion Program.

Active welcoming work includes three pillars: Linguistic, economic and civic. Welcoming Week kicked off on Sept. 16 and continues through Sept. 25.

Councilwoman Betty Bode said “This is a safe city to come to. Beaverton is welcoming. It’s a critical value we bring to the people.” 

Welcoming Week, a piece of the city's Welcoming Beaverton initiative, runs through the city of Beaverton’s Mayor’s Office to recognize, welcome and support the successful integration of the local immigrant community. The city of Beaverton is a member of the national Welcoming Cities and Counties initiative — a network of municipalities across the country working to create more welcoming, immigrant-friendly environments that maximize opportunities for economic growth and cultural vitality for all. Beaverton became a Welcoming City in 2015. Welcoming Week is an annual series of events that bring together immigrants and U.S.-born residents in a spirit of unity. The events raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming and engage immigrant and receiving community members in activities to strengthen relationships and cross-cultural understanding.

For more information, contact Megan Cohen, Cultural Inclusion Specialist, at 503-526-2584 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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