GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- For the first time, Grand Island will be joining a nationwide celebration.

‘Welcoming Week’ will run through Sunday.

‘Welcoming Week’ is an initiative that focuses on the importance of embracing cultural diversity.

Local organizations are teaming up to offer a variety of activities for the public. 

Heartland United Way Community Impact Director and Initiative group member Elizabeth Troyer-Miller said she hopes these activities can make a difference. 

“I’m hoping that people are willing to step out of their comfort zone a little bit and try something new," Troyer-Miller said. "Whatever that might be and that we can bring a little more awareness to opportunities for us to connect beyond our traditional ways learn something about somebody else, whatever that might be.”

Activities kicked off on Friday with Dr. Laura Munoz’s talk ‘Reimagining Immigrant Futures by Reconsidering Grand Island’s Past’ at the Stuhr Museum and will go through this week.  

Other activities include a tour of businesses on Fourth St., a training session, murals and music.

For a complete schedule of activities check out their Facebook page ‘Grand Island Area Welcoming Initiative.’