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Your ideas will culminate in a strategic plan that include recommendations on public policies, institutional practices, social innovations and resources to create a more welcoming environment for newcomers and improve the quality of life for all in San Diego.

Join us for gatherings or contribute any time by submitting your ideas below. The following five key areas serve as the framework for Welcoming San Diego Strategic Plan:

  • Civic Engagement

    • Naturalization
    • Voter registration and turnout
    • Leadership development
    • Orientation to local government
  • Safe & Connected Communities

    • Community policing
    • Reception of host communities
    • Ethnic media & multicultural arts
    • Combating hate and discrimination
  • Economic Opportunity

    • Workforce development
    • Professional integration/Re-certification
    • Entrepreneurship and access to credit
    • Worker rights & workplace conditions
  • Education (PreK-14)

    • Family engagement
    • STEM pipeline
    • Dual-language acquisition & cultural competency
    • Students with interrupted formal education
  • Inclusive Access

    • Health care & mental health
    • Legal defense and services
    • Housing & transportation
    • Survivors of trafficking, torture and asylum-seekers


We invite you to join the conversation!


Spring 2017

Partnership Formed

The City of San Diego, along with civic organizations such as Alliance San Diego, San Diego Refugee Forum, and RISE San Diego, and business groups such as Business for Good, the Chamber of Commerce and EDC to apply for the Gateways for Growth Grant (Round II) from New American Economy & Welcoming America.

First forum on San Diego’s immigrant integration landscape held in June 2016 by RISE San Diego.

September 2017

November 2017

Symposium at UC San Diego

Symposium hosted by UCSD Center for Comparative Immigration Studies on best practices across American and global cities on immigrant integration and economic development strategies

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February 2, 2018

Research Brief Release

Immigrants contributed over $54 billion—25 percent—to the San Diego metro area GDP in 2016, according to a new research brief released by New American Economy in partnership with the City of San Diego, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation

Winter - Spring 2018

Community Forums

Through six forums from San Yisdro to Mira Mesa, hundreds of residents contributed ideas on how to better advance immigrant integration systems: education, business, public safety, services, and civil society.

Event summaries:

Summer - Fall 2018

Strategic Plan Development

Input and ideas from gatherings and online forums will culminate in a multi-year strategic plan, written by steering committee members based on community input, stakeholder consultations, review of national best practices and assessment of existing capacity in relevant systems.

Winter 2018-19

Public Release of Strategic Plan

Scheduled for early Feb 2019, the 2019-2023 strategic plan will become San Diego’s blueprint for advancing immigrant integration.

Future Milestones

Institutionalized advisory board, office, funding and certification of San Diego as a Welcoming City/County (via Welcoming America), membership of national networks such as Cities for Citizenship, and co-host National Immigrant Integration Conference.


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