The Welcoming Boise Initiative hosted a free screening and panel discussion of the documentary Welcome to Shelbyville on Monday, May 23rd at the BSU Special Events Center. Currently, Boise is experiencing rapid growth of new comers with unique cultural identities.
Welcoming Boise is a newly formed coalition of faith, civic, business and community leaders who have come together to counter the negative rhetoric circulating about immigrants with the ultimate goal of creating a more hospitable environment for all to flourish. We had more than ninety community members participating in our event. Attendees asked questions related to immigrant and refugee integration in the city of Boise. Rev. Ed Keener, Dr. Ahmed-Zaid, BPD Officer Sonnenberg and high school student Marisol Cervantes were part of the panel discussion. To watch videos and more pictures of this event, please visit www.welcomingboise.org.