In the spirit of Welcome Dayton, immigrant advocates and public officials recently extended hospitality to African Commissioners who visited the city for a listening tour.
In July 2017, the Governor of Ohio appointed seven African commissioners to, among other things, “advise the governor, general assembly, and state departments and agencies on, and assist in the development and implementation of, comprehensive and coordinated policies, programs, and procedures focusing on the specials problems and needs of sub-Saharan African people, especially in the fields of education, employment, energy, health, housing, welfare, and recreation” (Duties of New African Immigrants Commission: HB500, Section 4112.31 (F) as Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, eff. 9/29/2013).
The commissioners in turn voted for Dr. Rosaire Ifedi as the first Chair. Ifedi opened the meeting and thanked the Dayton community for extending hospitality to the commissioners. “We have come here to listen to your concerns and build partnerships for empowering African immigrants in Ohio”, said Ifedi.
The commissioners were well received, and most non-profit agency representatives expressed keen interest in partnering with the commission to meet the basic human needs of African immigrants and refugees in the Greater Dayton Area.
The AFSC’s Ohio Immigrant Voice Program works to create a welcoming environment that fosters immigrant justice and zero tolerance for xenophobia in Ohio.