Solas 2021

Solas 2021 Virtual Event
March 3, 2021
4:30 to 6 p.m.

Register for Solas 2021

The Solas Awards has always been about coming together and shining a light on the contributions immigrants have been making in our city and region. This year, it is especially important we continue this tradition. Solas 2021 will be an evening of inclusion, learning, and connecting virtually.

Please join us on Wednesday, March 3rd as we mark The Welcoming Center’s 18th anniversary of promoting inclusive economic growth through immigrant integration.

Dennis Clark Solas Award Honoree: Dr. José Ramón Fernández-Peña

Each year, The Welcoming Center presents the Dennis Clark Solas Award to an individual or individuals whose vision, voice, and life illuminate the positive impact immigrants have on our region.
We are proud to present this year’s Solas Award to Dr. José Ramón Fernández-Peña, an extraordinary person who built his career around making sure immigrants are protected, valued, respected, and included in meaningful ways to improve the quality and accessibility of healthcare for everyone.
Dr. Fernández-Peña is a visionary leader who has been at the forefront of immigrant inclusion in the United States for decades. As the current president of the American Public Health Association, the founder of the Welcome Back Initiative, a founding member of IMPRINT, and a friend and advisor to The Welcoming Center who helped us design and launch our International Professionals Program, Dr. Fernández-Peña is a highly esteemed, yet humble advocate for equitable policies and programs that respect and value the contributions of all people, regardless of where they were born.

Sponsor Solas 2021

Want to sponsor Solas 2021? Learn more in our sponsorship brochure

Do you have questions about sponsoring Solas 2021? Email rebecca@welcomingcenter.org to learn more.



John Chou and Teresa Wallace


Bob and Pat Aglira

Bill and Mary Stock / Klasko Immigration Law

Supporter PLUS

Solas 2021: WELCOME

Have you seen the original artwork created through collaboration between The Welcoming Center’s participants and staff?  

The I Belong volunteer group invited the community to write WELCOME in different languages, as we celebrate coming together in one TWC community. 


  • Arabic and French: Amel Kherbachene
  • Chinese: Li Zhang
  • Creole: Pierre Led’s Colas (DJ PLC)
  • English: Peter Gonzales
  • Khmer: Rith Sorn
  • Korean: Angela Choi
  • Portuguese: Cristina Zanoni
  • Russian: Ekaterina and Sophie Nevzorova
  • Spanish: Natalia Ximena Moreno Bautista
  • Swahili: Maureen Smith
  • Tagalog: Dannah Ruth Hattaway

I Belong is a group of graduates of The Welcoming Center’s Immigrant Leadership Institute (ILI). Learn more about ILI.