About Welcoming Beaverton
Welcoming Beaverton is an initiative through the City of Beaverton’s Mayor’s Office to recognize, welcome and support the successful integration of our local immigrant community. The City of Beaverton is a proud 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 April 2015.
- Read Resolution 4304 Declaring Beaverton a Welcoming City (April 7, 2015)
Messages of Welcome
- Read A Resolution on Welcoming Refugees (February 14, 2018)
- Read Beaverton Elected Leaders Letter to Oregon Congressional Delegation (January 16, 2018)
- Read Mayor Doyle's thoughts on DACA (September 22, 2017)
- Read Joint Message from Area Elected Leaders Combating Racism (August 16, 2017)
- Read Beaverton Inclusion Letter to Community (November 16, 2016), see related Statement from the Diversity Advisory Board
- Read Resolution 4367 Declaring Support for the Muslim Community & Reaffirming Beaverton as a Welcoming City (March 2, 2016)
Beaverton is a Sanctuary City
City Council voted unanimously to pass a resolution declaring Beaverton a sanctuary city in January 2017. The resolution states that the city is committed to providing a safe community for all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity, place of origin, or immigration status, and reaffirms that local resources will not be used to enforce federal immigration law. In doing so, the city emphasized the importance of ensuring that all community members feel safe in contacting law enforcement and in accessing critical city services without fear.
- Read Resolution 4429 Declaring the City of Beaverton a Sanctuary City (January 10, 2017)
Welcoming Beaverton Community Partners
Thank you to our official community partners!
- Adelante Mujeres
- Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce
- Beaverton School District
- Center for Intercultural Wellness
- Centro Cultural
- Community Portland for Affordable Housing
- IMPACT Beaverton
- Impact NW
- Iraqi Society of Oregon
- Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District
- Tualatin River Keepers
- Unite Oregon
- Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center
- Vision Action Network
Welcoming Beaverton partner pledge
About Welcoming Week
Welcoming Week is an annual series of events in which communities bring together immigrants, refugees, and U.S.-born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone. This year, Beaverton Welcoming Week will be celebrated from Sept. 14 — 23, 2018.
About the Welcoming Beaverton Mini-Grants
Each year, the City of Beaverton’s Cultural Inclusion Program sponsors mini-grants for small, community driven projects designed to bring together immigrant and receiving communities.
- to increase opportunities for cross-cultural exchange,
- support welcoming and connected neighborhoods,
- build relationships and understanding to unite residents, and
- foster pride in our diverse community.
- Recipients of the 2018 Welcoming Beaverton Mini Grants: BESThq, PDX Friends of Refugees, First United Methodist Church, Huehca Omeyocan, the Pan African Planning Group, and the Welcoming Beaverton Potluck Group
- Recipients of the 2017 Welcoming Beaverton Mini Grants: Beaverton Farmer’s Market, Beaverton Potluck Group, BESThq/Adelante Mujeres, Formosa Association of Student Cultural Ambassadors, Prisma Comm, Tualatin Riverkeepers.
- Recipients of the 2016 Welcoming Beaverton Mini Grants: Beaverton Symphony Orchestra, Formosa Association of Student Cultural Ambassadors, Islamic Center of Portland/Vose Neighborhood Association Committee, Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon, Spice of Africa
Mini Grants Application
Mini-grants selected for 2018 – check back in early 2019!
Beaverton Elected Leaders Send Letter on DACA to Oregon Congressional Delegation, Jan. 16, 2018
“As elected leaders of the city of Beaverton, we are calling on the Oregon congressional delegation to protect Dreamers by doing everything in your power to support the passage of the Dream Act now. We are deeply concerned about the welfare of youth and families in our community impacted by the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, more and more of whom lose their status daily as we wait for federal reform…Every day that Congress delays passage of the Dream Act, 122 young people lose their DACA status. In Oregon by not protecting Dreamers from deportation and allowing them to continue to contribute to the economy, it will result in nearly $605.6 million in annual GDP losses to our state…Today we’re asking you to help us keep our promise to our young people and pass the Dream Act once and for all.” – Mayor Doyle & Beaverton City Councilors
Read the full text of the letter
- What is DACA? The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was instituted in 2012 and created a way for “Dreamers” (young adults who were brought to the US at the average age of 6) to apply for a renewable, 2-year work permit and temporary protection from deportation.
- Who will the DACA repeal impact? There are around 800,000 DACA recipients nationally and 11,000 in Oregon. 73% of DACA recipients have a US citizen sibling, child, or spouse. With the repeal, they face losing their jobs, health care, and access to education; as well as the risk of deportation.
- Thanks to a federal court order in the 9th Circuit, U.S. Department of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) was ordered to resume accepting DACA renewals. Though the future of DACA is uncertain, local organizations across the country are again offering DACA renewal support.
- Where do I find more info and resources?
- "Welcoming Week events draw crowds" Beaverton Valley Times 10/4/2017
- "Beaverton Mayor: Breaking promise on DACA would be unfair" Beaverton Valley Times 9/22/2017
- "Beaverton Community Spotlight: Alton Harvey Sr." The Oregonian 9/15/2017
- "Everyone is Welcome in Beaverton" Beaverton Valley Times 9/6/2017
- "Welcoming Beaverton: City Officials Now Accepting Mini-Grant Applications for September Event" Beaverton Patch 3/30/2017
- "Hundreds of new U.S. citizens sworn in, told to 'seek knowledge, spread peace" The Oregonian 2/20/2017
- "Oregon officials defy Trump's vow to 'crack down' on sanctuary cities" The Oregonian 1/25/2017
- "Beaverton Becomes Sanctuary City" Beaverton Valley Times 1/11/2017
- "Beaverton Restates Commitment to Diversity" Beaverton Patch 11/16/2016
- "Beaverton Celebrating Welcoming Week" Beaverton Valley Times 9/22/2016
- "Beaverton Library Advisory Board Member Nancy Nkiwane, interviewed by librarian Christina Hanson" The Oregonian 9/13/2016
- "Beaverton Community Invited to Apply for Grants” Beaverton Patch 4/19/2016
- "Beaverton council OKs resolution supporting Muslims, tolerance for all" The Oregonian 3/2/2016
- "City Council supports Muslim community on Super Tuesday" Beaverton Valley Times 3/2/2016
- "The Night Comes Alive in Beaverton (Photos)" Beaverton Valley Times 9/16/2015
- "Beaverton Naturalization Ceremony Swears in 49 new citizens" The Oregonian 9/15/2015
- "Beaverton International Night Market Wildly Successful, Very Crowded" The Oregonian 9/13/2015
- "World Cultures in Spotlight at Beaverton Night Market" Beaverton Valley Times 9/9/2015
- "Beaverton Celebrates Welcoming Week Sept. 12-20" - The Skanner News - 9/9/2015