Citizenship ceremony
New citizens take the Oath of Allegiance at a naturalization ceremony. Courtesy U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

San Diego County accepts more refugees than any county in California, and the City of San Diego is organizing five community forums for public input on how best to welcome the newcomers.

The events are part of Welcoming San Diego, a partnership of the city, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, and San Diego Economic Development Corp. to advance the civic, social and economic integration of immigrants and refugees.

“San Diego benefits from having a vibrant, inclusive and safe bi-national region that attracts families and businesses,” said Joel Day, executive director of the city’s Human Relations Commission and International Affairs Board. “Through the Welcoming San Diego program, we can help immigrants and refugees succeed in their new home, and allow San Diego to continue to flourish.”

Topics of discussion will include civic engagement, economic and educational opportunity, access to services and safe and connected communities.

The five community forums, all hosted by the San Diego Unified School District, are scheduled over the next two weeks:

  • Monday, May 7, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Mira Mesa High School, 10510 Marauder Way
  • Wednesday, May 9, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Kearny Mesa High School, 1954 Komet Way
  • Friday, May 11, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Madison High School, 4833 Doliva Drive
  • Saturday, May 12, from 9 to 11 a.m., at Crawford High School, 4191 Colts Way
  • Thursday, May 17, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Morse High School, 6905 Skyline Drive

Language interpretation and refreshments will be available at all five forums.

Additional forums will be announced in other areas of the City throughout May and June. A final report is due to the Mayor and City Council in the fall.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.