CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Starting this week, several organizations in Charlottesville are hosting events focused on inclusion and diversity as a part of Welcoming Week.

Welcoming Week is a series of events inviting all of Charlottesville’s neighbors to the table. On Monday, organizers met to discuss the activities, but also to express the bigger message behind them.

Organizers with International Rescue Committee, C-Ville Sabroso, Charlottesville High School, and International Neighbors met on Monday at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library to discuss details for the upcoming Welcoming Week. The week’s hosts events aimed at teaching people about the diversity in Charlottesville in a fun and interesting way.

Kari Miller with International Neighbors is hosting a panel and film about undocumented workers and immigrant in Charlottesville. Miller said this week is important for many reasons.

“Welcoming Week is a nation-wide week that really focuses on bringing together all of our neighbors; the immigrants, refugees, and native-born residents to really celebrate all our differences and how being cohesive really adds to the quality of a place,” Miller said.

Other events include Cville Pride, a multicultural health festival with UVA health physicians, and grabbing local vegetables grown by New Roots farmers.

“Many Charlottesville locals are shocked to hear about the diversity that does exist in Charlottesville,” Miller said. 

Welcoming Week begins on Friday, September 14 and goes until the following Sunday. More details on all the week's events can be found here.