In late August, 33 participants from diverse backgrounds and geographic locations joined Welcoming America for its second annual Welcoming Institute: Leaders Building Community Support for Refugees in Atlanta, Georgia.  During this intensive, one-day training, participants attended interactive seminars around creating welcoming communities through contact building, engaging leadership, and communications strategies. Participants will continue to connect with each other through quarterly learning circle calls throughout the next year. Application materials for the 2015 Welcoming Institute will be available in the summer of 2015.