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Dayton first city to earn Certified Welcoming status

Dayton first city to earn Certified Welcoming status

Published: September 14, 2017
Dayton earns Certified Welcoming status

The City of Dayton earned Certified Welcoming status on September 13, 2017.
Mayor Nan Whaley (center) stamds with the Welcome Dayton Committee and the City Commission members.
Migwe Kimemia, who directs AFSC's work in Dayton, is fifth from the right.

Photo: AFSC / Dayton

The City of Dayton has become the first in the country to be named "Certified Welcoming" in recognition of its work to include and integrate immigrants. AFSC in Dayton supported the creation of the Welcoming Dayton plan, a model for other cities in the United States.

In a news release, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said, "We are proud of the recognition Dayton has earned as being the first Certified Welcoming city in the country. This recognition affirms to the country what we have known in Dayton--our community is a welcoming place for everyone who chooses to make Dayton home."

The certification comes through Welcoming America, which evaluated Dayton's "efforts to establish an inclusive community though government leadership, civic engagement, equitable access, education, economic development, and connected and safe communities."

Migwe Kimemia, who directs AFSC's program in Dayton, said, “This certification is a testimony of the Dayton community’s determination to stand in solidarity with immigrants and refugees in this country. Moreover, the certification signifies that the City of Dayton leadership has the political will to deepen the growing welcoming cities movement in this country.”

For more information about AFSC's work in Dayton, please contact Migwe at