Lincoln & Lancaster County Welcoming Plan

Creating an environment of welcoming and belonging for New Americans who call Lincoln, Nebraska home.

Welcoming Week 2023

Lincoln Welcoming Week and beyond 2023 was September 8 – 30, and what a celebration it was including 23 events! Through dozens of local partnerships with city, county, and nonprofit entities, and small business and individuals we held the largest Lincoln Welcoming Week to-date with well over 8,000 people attending events throughout the month.

Huge thanks to our event partners, sponsors, and volunteers for making this celebration Lincoln’s of cultural diversity possible!

Our Sponsors




“We are so very excited to be able to share in and support such a special day for our newest citizens in Lincoln, while celebrating cultural diversity!

We recognize that we are all benefited by the cultural diversity of all of our newest citizens and the stories and histories you bring with you. We know that you’ve come a long way to get to this point! As a firm, we don’t just navigate the intricacies of immigration law for our clients, but we also live in this community, and we’re excited to officially support your decision to become U.S. citizens and support diversity in Lincoln!”

“By welcoming and including new residents in our Lincoln community, we are making Lincoln a stronger, more vibrant place to call home.”

“At the Lincoln Community Foundation, we believe everyone deserves to be treated with dignity, compassion, respect, and inclusion. By adopting Belonging as one of our organization’s core values, we strive to be proactive and intentional about creating equitable opportunities in our community. We are a proud sponsor of Welcoming Week this year and are excited to celebrate our diverse community together!”

What is Welcoming Week?

About Welcoming Week

Welcoming Week is an annual campaign that celebrates the work in communities to become welcoming places for all, including immigrants. Launched in 2012 by Welcoming America and its members, Welcoming Week provides individuals and organizations the opportunity to showcase their values through events and initiatives that foster connections and collaboration between immigrants and non-immigrants, as well as belonging for all.

Lincoln/Lancaster County Welcoming & Belonging Strategic Plan

“Lincoln is a strong and vibrant city. Part of what makes Lincoln a great community are the many immigrants and refugees from all over the world who have made their home here. These New Americans contribute to our thriving and diverse culture.”

Mayor Lerion Gaylor-Baird

“Our community is stronger, more vibrant and prosperous when everyone feels they belong. When people feel they belong, they add to our cultural fabric, economic growth, global competitiveness and overall prosperity and vibrancy for current and future generations.”

Lancaster County Board of Commissioners

The Lincoln Lancaster County Welcoming & Belonging Strategic Plan is supported by more than 80 entities including city, county, and nonprofit partners. The leadership of the New Americans Task Force is also key to the implementation of the Welcoming Plan.

Get Connected

Want to get connected? Have questions? Drop us a short message.