Emerson College today announced its support of the second-annual Immigrant Heritage Month, an initiative from the non-profit organization Welcome.us to partner with community organizations, elected officials, corporations, artists, and thought leaders to gather and share inspirational stories of American immigrants. Immigrant Heritage Month (IHM) 2015 lasts throughout the month of June.
“Emerson is an enthusiastic partner in Immigrant Heritage Month, and welcomes this opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives of immigrants in Boston and across the nation,” said Emerson College President Lee Pelton. “Stories of our individual immigrant heritage have the ability to open our hearts and minds, and bring us together as Americans through our unique viewpoints.”
During the month-long celebration, Welcome.us will highlight video PSAs produced by and featuring artists and entertainers from across the country, including Pitbull, Dania Ramirez, Zendaya Coleman, Harry Shum Jr., and Cassey Ho, honoring their immigrant heritage throughout IHM 2015.
Emerson is encouraging campus community members to share their heritage stories and will post these shared experiences on the Emerson website at emerson.edu and via social media channels using #ImmigrantHeritageMonth and #IHM2015.
Welcome.us, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to celebrating a United States that is fueled by immigrants from around the world. Immigrant Heritage Month honors the ways in which America and the immigrants who have built our country are linked in a shared, productive history. Welcome.us is supported by FWD.us, which was founded by Mark Zuckerberg, Marissa Mayer, Reid Hoffman, Bill Gates, Padmasree Warrior, and other tech leaders. Learn more about the campaign and Immigrant Heritage Month by visiting Welcome.us.