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WELCOME TO UA COMMUNITY RELATIONS

The City of Upper Arlington’s Community Relations Committee (CRC) was created by City Council in 2020 to support Upper Arlington as a welcoming community and to promote understanding, mutual respect and a sense of belonging among all residents.

2024 Juneteenth Ceremony
2024 Juneteenth Ceremony
UA Juneteenth Ceremony

The City hosted its Third Annual Juneteenth Recognition Program and raising of the Juneteenth flag on Monday, June 17. Our sincere thanks to our keynote speaker - Stephanie Hightower, President and CEO of the Columbus Urban League - for her rousing speech, and to the founder of Urban Strings Columbus, Catherine Willis, and her impressive musicians - Asa Simpson Cole, Joelius Porter, Tia…

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Special Olympics Ohio Track & Field Events

Special Olympics Ohio will be hosting their track and field events for their State Summer games at the Upper Arlington High School track, Friday, June 28-Sunday, June 30. Admission is free and all are welcome. This is a great opportunity for the UA community to promote inclusion and show support for the Special Olympics athletes. Many volunteer opportunities are available…

2024 UA Pride
Rainbow UA’s UA Pride Event

Members of the Community Relations Committee hosted a UA Welcome Series booth at the 2024 UA Pride event on Sunday, June 9, at Sunny 95 Park. CLICK HERE to view more pictures from this year's event.

2024 Pride Flag Raising
Pride Month Flag Raising Ceremony

More than 100 community members joined with members of Upper Arlington City Council, the Community Relations Committee, and the City Administration for Upper Arlington’s third annual Pride Month Flag Raising Ceremony. Upper Arlington Board of Education Member, Lori Trent, served as keynote speaker, Bonnie Erwin from Rainbow UA shared a beautiful poem, and Council President Ukeme Awakessien Jeter presented a…

2024 Culture & Artisan Fair
St. Mark’s Culture & Artisans Fair

The Second Annual St. Mark's Culture & Artisans Fair, held on Saturday, May 4, was a huge success. Click here to enjoy some photos from this year's event.

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Cherry Blossom Festival Celebrates Japanese Culture

Upper Arlington Cherry Blossom Celebration The Upper Arlington Community Relations Committee celebrated its Second Annual Cherry Blossom Celebration on April 10, at Mallway Park on Arlington Avenue. Our thanks to the following entities for helping to organize this year's event and activities: Friendship Bracelet Making & Origami Activities – coordinated by Asian American Community Services and UAHS AAPI Association, with…

WE ARE UA

The CRC has focused its work around three core areas of focus

INTERNAL OPERATIONS

The CRC advises the City on how it can better incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion into all elements of city operations. The CRC has already helped guide the City in modifications that we have made to our hiring and purchasing processes. Additionally, the CRC has helped UA Police work on new ways to communicate with the community about policing in our community.

IMPROVING FROM THE INSIDE

The CRC is working to find ways to bring together community organizations and individuals together to support the diverse communities already in Upper Arlington and raise their profile in the community. The CRC helped guide the City’s participation in Black History Month and our work with Upper Arlington Public Library and UA Schools on commemorations of other cultural events.

IMPROVING FROM THE OUTSIDE

The CRC works with the City to explore ways to encourage more people and businesses from underrepresented groups to become part of the Upper Arlington community. The CRC and the City are exploring ways to better understand how to welcome new communities to UA and tell our story.

CONSIDERING UA?

If you are curious about Upper Arlington – maybe you’re even considering moving here – we’d love to know what questions you have, what attributes you are looking for in a community and what resources you’d like us to connect you to. Please complete the email form below using the subject line “Considering UA.”

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