Beaverton promotes diversity and officials encourage people to celebrate the role communities play in fostering a greater welcome for everyone during the third annual Beaverton Welcoming Week from Sept. 15 to 24.
During Welcoming Week, more than a dozen family-friendly events are planned throughout the city and hosted by community partners to showcase the importance of being welcoming.
"It's a critical time to remind everybody who lives here that you're welcome and we treasure the culture that you bring to our city," Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle said. "In Beaverton, we're from all over the world."
Featured events include an interfaith river walk, a story slam, emerging entrepreneurs fair, community potluck and film screening.
Doyle said, it's about bringing the community together to celebrate the contributions of immigrants and to build cross-cultural relationships and understanding.
"Welcoming Week is a chance to celebrate the values that unite us as neighbors," added Diversity Advisory Board Vice Chair Oswaldo Bernal. "It makes our city more welcoming to everyone who calls Beaverton home."
The largest event of the week is the city's International Celebration from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Tualatin Hills Athletic Center, 50 N.W. 158th Ave. The event demonstrates the many cultures through music, dance, interactive activities, food and art.
People are encouraged to share experiences and photos at Welcoming Week events with the hashtag #BeavertonWelcomes.
The celebration coincides with National Welcoming Week, which is composed of hundreds of events across the United States in member cities of the national organization Welcoming America.
Beaverton officially became a Welcoming City and member of Welcoming America in April 2015. While Beaverton was one of the first cities to join — and the first in Oregon — the national network now includes more than 80 municipalities and 100-plus nonprofit organizations leading a movement of inclusive communities. Welcoming America members share the belief that being a welcoming community for all, including immigrants and refugees, makes the country and communities stronger economically, socially and culturally.