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Join or Host a Community Conversation about Immigrants

Conversing about our country and State’s immigrant history is important to the future of New York. To help facilitate this dialogue, the New York State Office for New Americans is sponsoring Community Conversations on Immigration. These conversations allow New Yorkers to reflect on our shared immigrant history and discuss the ways that immigration continues to shape the experience of being an American in this day and age.

Each Community Conversation event is hosted by a community partner using a toolkit containing a short text for discussion and sample questions. A trained facilitator leads each dialogue. Toolkits and events have been developed for three distinct audiences: Students in upper elementary and middle school (Preview toolkit here) ; young adults in middle school, high school or college students (Preview toolkit here); and, adults (Preview toolkit here)  Eligible tax-exempt organizations in New York State receive a $200 stipend for hosting a Community Conversation, which may be put towards food, transportation, space and other event hosting costs.

A list of scheduled Community Conversations throughout the State is available at

Groups interested in hosting a Community Conversation in their community can apply at:

These Community Conversations on Immigration are presented in partnership with the New York Council for the Humanities, Interfaith Center of New York and Welcoming America. In New York City, they are also presented in partnership with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.