Diversity in the Boise Valley


Boise, ID — Refugee Community Allies from Episcopal Migration Ministries on Vimeo.

Video Description: The community of Boise, Idaho has made a commitment to welcoming refugees through it's impressive Refugee Resource Strategic Community Plan. EMM's affiliate partners at the Agency for New Americans have partnered with city agencies, transportation officials, health care providers and many other stakeholders to adopt a model of communication and creative problem solving that is benefiting the entire community. A program that teaches refugees how to drive is just one of many positive offshoots to emerge from this collaboration.

To those outside of the Boise Valley, diversity may not be the first thing that comes to mind when describing the area. But consider this:

  • More than 90 different languages are spoken in the Boise School District
  • The Boise Valley is home to one of the oldest synagogues in the western United States
  • 800 new citizens are welcomed to the Boise Valley each year from over 20 foreign countries who are seeking refuge from the circumstances in their homeland
  • Idaho is home to the second largest Basque population in North America

The Boise Valley maintains a wealth of cultural, spiritual and ethnic diversity throughout the area, and is proud to actively promote and foster a spirit of inclusion that embraces that diversity found in the valley.  From cultural events such as the Soul Food Extravaganza to the San Inazio Festival or Deli Days, to ongoing activities and programs at the Black History Museum and the Hispanic Cultural Center, the Boise Valley celebrates our residents' diversity year-round.

Full Circle Exchange: Job Readiness Program

In 2014, Full Circle Exchange launched a new "Job Readiness" program in Boise. It assists local refugees and women in transition by providing immediate income and developing daily hands-on skills, such as; team building, problem solving, language acquisition, and vital enrichment opportunities needed to overcome barriers to employment; creating a new future – for themselves, their families, our community and our economy. (Pictured Above)

Full Circle Exchange in Boise, Idaho is one of over 200 resettlement communities across the U.S. providing safe haven to refugees from war torn countries across the world. Nearly 6,000 individuals from 35 countries call Boise their home."

Patrick Hunter, PR & Strategic Engagement Manager
"Our commitment to diversity through hiring is seen through key partnerships with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and Universities around the country. These partnerships provide opportunities to attract top talent from around the world representing diversity of geography, gender, age, sexual orientation and ethnicity to Boise. Combined with employee resource groups such as our vibrant Young Employee Network, we are able to retain the talent that we attract."

Clark Krause
Executive Director
Mobile: 208-863-9675
Phone: 208-472-5230
Charity Nelson
Director of Economic Development
Mobile: 208-863-8521
Phone: 208-472-5240
Ethan Mansfield
Project & Research Manager
Mobile: 208-921-4686
Phone: 208-472-5246
250 S. 5th St.
Suite 300
Boise, Idaho 83702
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