Mayor Sylvester Turner joined dozens of elected leaders in recognizing June as Immigrant Heritage Month. Immigrant Heritage Month, now in its fifth year, is an opportunity to reflect on our shared immigrant heritage, and to celebrate the meaningful and positive ways immigrants impact communities across the country.
The Mayor’s Office of New Americans and Immigrant Communities celebrated Immigrant Heritage Month on June 16, at an outdoor celebration and interactive art installation at the Discovery Green. Participants were encouraged to affix a flag that represents their ancestry to the art piece to honor their heritage.
In a separate event, the Department of Neighborhoods Office of New Americans and Immigrant Communities joined community partners for the city's observance of World Refugee Day on June 20 at the Museum of Fine Arts.
Mayor Turner presented a proclamation commemorating the special day. The gathering featured presentations by State Rep. Gene Wu and Rice University sociologist Dr. Stephen Klineberg and a panel discussion on the global refugee crisis and local efforts in support of refugee resettlement.
Houston is committed to fostering a welcoming place for individuals from all backgrounds and all walks of life, and building an inclusive community for all.