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Home > Leadership > Mayor > News Room > Mayor Brown Celebrates National Welcoming Week With Recognition For Buffalo

Mayor Brown Celebrates National Welcoming Week With Recognition For Buffalo Public Schools


Buffalo Public School Superintendent Dr. Cash & Mayor Brown celebrate the welcoming work and contributions of BPS Staff & Cultural Resource Specialists in serving Buffalo’s growing diverse communities

This week, Mayor Brown will kick-off national Welcoming Week by recognizing the important work facilitated by Buffalo Public School Cultural Resource Specialists who serve as a welcoming first contact for students and parents that are new to Buffalo schools, new to Buffalo and new to the U.S.

Welcoming Week (September 16 to September 25, 2016) is an annual celebration of local events across the nation recognizing contributions of immigrants and refugees and the role communities play to foster a welcoming environment. Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash will join Mayor Brown at Buffalo Public Schools Central Registration, 33 Ash Street, Buffalo, to present 6 Buffalo Public School Cultural Resource Specialists with certificates of recognition, and to also congratulate Nadia Nashir, Assistant Superintendent of Multilingual Education, and Finune Shaibi, Supervisor of Multilingual Student Placement for their work in identifying and meeting the needs of English language learners in the Buffalo Public Schools.

“In the last two years, 700 English language learners exited from English as a New Language programs and the number of students demonstrating English proficiency continues to grow. With 86 languages now spoken in the Buffalo Public School District, I’m pleased to see such positive progress in the registration for newcomer students and I know that the resource specialists we’re recognizing today are able to genuinely welcome new families to Buffalo because our specialists are a part of our City’s diverse communities,” said Mayor Brown.

All incoming City of Buffalo refugee and immigrant students, with their parents, initially meet for school registration with a Cultural Resource Specialist. These Specialists are all multilingual; between them they speak Arabic, Burmese, French, Karen, Malai, Nepali, Somali, Spanish and Swahili. A number of Buffalo Public Schools’ valedictorians and salutatorians start their academic career in English as a New Language classes.

“I’m pleased to be a part of the nation’s Welcoming Week in Buffalo and introduce the City and Mayor Brown to the phenomenal staff and resource specialists in the District’s Multilingual Education Department,” said Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash. “These individuals are the first page in the academic success stories of our student population and they themselves are all an important part of the rich cultural diversity within our schools. I congratulate them today and I thank them for their work in welcoming newcomers to our City and to our City schools.”

Last year, there were 245 Welcoming Week events across the nation in over 80 communities.
For more information about Welcoming Week, visit or contact the City of Buffalo Office of New Americans at 851-4315.