NEW ORLEANS, LA— Today, The Welcome Table New Orleans announced open registration for residents to apply for a seat in one of the Welcome Table New Orleans Groups. During the last two months, nearly 500 New Orleans residents have participated in briefing sessions on The Welcome Table New Orleans.
The Welcome Table New Orleans, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation,will bring citizens of different racial groups and backgrounds together to build relationships that lead to improvements in key areas throughout the city.
The Welcome Table New Orleans is seeking residents who are looking to build new relationships, have open, honest, civil, and respectful discussions about race, and commit to using the Welcome Table New Orleans facilitated process. The Welcome Table New Orleans groups will meet in the Central City, St. Roch, Little Woods and Algiers neighborhoods, but any resident of New Orleans can sign up to be part of a facilitated group.
The Welcome Table New Orleans will be offered in partnership with the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation. Housed at the University of Mississippi and founded by former Mississippi Governor William Winter, the Institute works with communities to facilitate meaningful and honest discussions about race in respectful, safe and structured spaces. The discussions begin with relationship building and can lead to citizen-led efforts that positively impact communities. The Urban League of Greater New Orleans is also a partner in this effort.
Click here to sign up for a Welcome Table New Orleans Group.
“We are proud to open registration for The Welcome Table New Orleans. We look forward to further introducing this important initiative to the New Orleans community,” said Deputy Mayor Judy Reese Morse. “The goal of The Welcome Table New Orleans is to bring diverse citizens from across the city together to meet, share experiences and work together to improve neighborhoods and communities.”
Registration will be open until May 21, 2014, and seats in the Welcome Table New Orleans Groups will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Online registration is highly encouraged, but residents without internet access can contact Project Coordinator Westley Bayas at (504) 388-7379 to register by phone.
For non-media inquiries about The Welcome Table New Orleans, contact Deputy Mayor Judy Reese Morse at firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com, or Project Coordinator Westley Bayas at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (504) 388-7379.