Navigating Career Opportunities as an Immigrant in Philadelphia

My name is Olena Hart. I am an interpreter/translator, proofreader and writer from Ukraine. I got my Master’s Degree in Language Studies and Translation from Kyiv National Linguistic University in 2008. I have immigrated to the United States of America in late summer 2015 and has been living in Philadelphia since. Destiny is inevitable, you [...]

Hassene and Olga Are Using Their Skills To Save Lives and Limit the Spread of COVID-19

After graduating from our International Professionals Program (IPP) in April, Hassene (from Algeria) and Olga (from Ukraine) found meaningful employment as Contact Tracers for the City of Philadelphia. Every day, they use their cultural and linguistic skills to help other immigrants access critical information and support while protecting the public’s health. Hassene made a difficult [...]

An Immigrant’s Essence: Diversity in A Post-Pandemic Economy

As I reflect to the time when I was an orphan at a small village in Siberia, Russia, and then experiencing my migration journey into USA; there were very little resources for me to combat the roadblocks ahead. When I was adopted over two decades ago, roadblocks would continuously cling onto me and prevent me from entering the workforce.   The roadblocks began to stack on top of one another from my beginning struggle in learning how to [...]

Let’s Talk Philly: A Virtual Space for Immigrants

Karen and Yu-Shan are graduates of the sixth cohort of the Welcoming Center’s Immigrant Leadership Institute (ILI). They turned a challenging moment into a great opportunity for immigrants through their action project, Let’s Talk Philly. In a moment when the whole country was dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic that changed in-person gathering, they developed a [...]

Engaging Immigrant Talent: Learning From a Shared Dialogue

Our world is collectively experiencing a pandemic as well as social and political upheavals, both globally and locally. This directly impacts our workplaces and requires us to reimagine how to operate, particularly as we become more digitally connected. Including immigrant talent adds a diverse perspective to our workforce, provided they have the tools to succeed [...]