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Belonging Begins With Us, Johnson County

Whether it’s starting a new job, changing schools or neighborhoods, we’ve all had moments where we felt like we didn’t belong.

For people who moved to this country, this experience can last more than a moment. From language barriers to cultural differences, feeling excluded can take years to overcome.


Yet, because we all know how it feels to be excluded, we also know how to make others feel they belong. When that happens, communities can fully harness the strengths, talents, and contributions of each person to build shared prosperity.


This Welcoming Week, let’s declare that #BelongingBeginsWithUS – that each and every one of us has the power to help others, regardless of their background, to feel like they are seen, embraced, welcomed, and included in our communities.

Welcoming Week 2021

2021 Events

The Banner Project

September 2


Johnson County Welcoming Week Proclamation: 9am, online



September 10


Coralville Global Community Dinner: 5:30-7:30pm, Coralville Public Library


WorldCanvass – Wellspring: The Power of Partnerships: 5:30pm, Outside of Hancher Auditorium



September 15-17


North Liberty Community On-Demand Cooking Classes: September 15-17 online. More details to come.


OPEN HOUSE – ENGLERT & FILMSCENE ON THE PEDMALL: 3:00-7:00pm, The Englert Theatre (221 E Washington St.) & FilmScene on the Pedmall (118 E College St.)


FIRST ROUND – Iowa City’s Community Happy Hour: 5:00-6:30PM, SpareMe



September 19


Johnson County Photo Scavenger Hunt: Launching September 19 @ 2PM at the West High School driveway, registration required. Register here.


Free Sunday Matinee – CODA: 4PM, FilmScene, mention “Welcome Week” when arriving at the box office for your complimentary ticket at the 4pm show. American Sign Language-English interpretation will be provided.



September 28


North Liberty Meet Your Neighbors Day: Neighborhood gatherings around town. More details to come.



More Details to Come


Johnson County Community Conversations: More details to come.


City of Iowa City Welcoming Week Proclamation: More details to come.


North Liberty Welcoming Week Proclamation: Tuesday, September 14, 2021, Zoom North Liberty City Council Meeting


Johnson County Welcoming Week Proclamation: More details to come.

Welcome, Johnson County! Banner Project

Since 2015, Johnson County has maintained its Welcoming Johnson County Banner Project which showcases the diversity of our community with banners hung throughout Iowa City, Coralville, and Kirkwood Community College. As a part of this project, the banners for 2021 will include black & white photographs of everyday Johnson County residents, from students and University professors, to city council members and business owners. The purpose of this project is to foster greater cultural diversity within our communities and amplify the work of our citizens.