Office of International Communities

A Division of the Department of Neighborhoods

OIC LogoServing people from all over the world who call Houston home

The Office of International Communities brings together Houston’s international community of expatriates, immigrants, and refugees by promoting their well-being and connectedness and facilitating their successful civic and cultural integration in Houston.

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A continuación encontrará recursos sobre la Acción Ejecutiva y cómo los beneficiados se pueden preparar. NOTA: Hasta que el Presidente haga el anuncio final y el Departamento de Servicios de Ciudadania e Inmigración emita los requisitos no se podrá hacer nada, favor de visitar este sitio web para obtener más información

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Mayor Signs Language Access Executive Order

July 31, 2013 -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker signed a Language Access Executive
Order establishing a policy to improve the delivery of essential information and
services to Houston’s diverse population. View the Press Release.

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Advisory Council of International Communities
The Advisory Council of International Communities, known formerly as the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (MACIRA), advises the City on strategies for effective community outreach and services to Houston’s diverse and flourishing international community ...  More ... 

Why Is Diversity Important? Many Worlds Mirror Our Identity
"His most important discovery? That there are many worlds. And that each is different. Each is important. And that one must learn about them, because these other worlds, these other cultures, are mirrors in which we can see ourselves, thanks to which we understand ourselves better – for we cannot define our own identity until having confronted that of others, as comparison.

And that is why Herodotus, having made this discovery – the cultures of others are a mirror in which we can examine ourselves in order to understand ourselves better – every morning, tirelessly, again and again, sets out on his journey.”

-- from Travels with Herodotus by Ryszard Kapuściński