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Dear Welcoming Anchorage friend,
Home is a place that we should all feel safe and secure. Anchorage is our home. Whether we are from a village upstream from where our city now sits, or a war torn community half-way around the world – whether we came here for work or were born here of generations and ancestors from long ago. Anchorage is our home.
When Anchorage became part of “Welcoming America” in 2014, we became part of a movement to acknowledge and activate the diversity we have come to know so well. We know that being “welcoming” is a character and value that defines our city and all who call Anchorage home. We are welcoming because we understand that being far away, tucked up here in the northern corner of the U.S., we need each other. Especially when times are tough and we face an uncertain future. As Alaskans, what matters is our willingness to extend a hand, not what color or political persuasion or sexual orientation may be on the other end of that hand. What counts is our promise to our state and to each other.
And so we recommit to being a welcoming community. We stand together in kindness and grace. We are grateful for being welcomed into this incredible land by those who came before us, and we are eager to welcome all who are committed to ensuring a safe and happy home for generations to come.
With warmest regards,
First Lady of Anchorage
Anchorage, Alaska is the gateway to America’s Arctic and has some of the most ethnically diverse communities in the United States. Not only are we home to some of the most diverse neighborhoods and schools in the country, but we also have more than 100 languages actively spoken on our streets and in our city. Those languages represent cultures from around the globe and from across the North – and our city is especially honored to sit on the traditional homelands of the Dena’ina Athabaskans, where people have lived and welcomed newcomers for thousands of years.
This tradition and spirit of welcoming is a value that defines us. Without it, we would not exist. Anchorage is a welcoming city because we understand that being far away, in the remote northern corner of the U.S., we rely on each other not just for our success, but for our survival. As Alaskans, we know that when a snowstorm or cold weather threatens our safety, what matters most is our willingness to extend a hand - not what color, political persuasion, or sexual orientation may be on the other end of that hand.
In this Alaskan spirit, we hope this website can be a valuable tool for the people of Anchorage as we work to make this city a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive place.