Our Vision

Women account for more than half of the world's population, yet the economic mobility of women around the world is drastically lower than that of men. This disparity impacts everyone, and the effect of remedying this disparity has the opportunity to raise the economic tide for all. The Immigrant and Refugee Center of Northern Colorado is invested into this mission. In providing women students with further job opportunities, training in entrepreneurialism, and opportunities for further social integration, we seek to put women at the center of the discussion on refugee resettlement, immigration, and the broader conversation around integration in America.

 Photo credit: UNMIT/Martine Perret

Photo credit: UNMIT/Martine Perret

When more women work, economies grow. An increase in female labor force participation—or a reduction in the gap between women’s and men’s labor force participation—results in faster economic growth
— UN Women, the UN group dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women.
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Our methods are humble, but our ambitions are great.

Our organization hopes to begin our women's empowerment process through simple conversation. In gathering a group of diverse women several times at the beginning of our Fall 2018 semester, we will build intergroup rapport and dialogue about issues facing women here in Greeley, the ways those issues impact economic mobility, and the opportunities in front of us for remedying those issues through individual actions or collective actions.
To that end, IRCNOCO will leverage the working relationships we have with various nonprofits and industry leaders to build a network of female apprenticeship programs, internships, and job placements. Even further, our hope is to build a sustainable training in entrepreneurialism and receive community grants to act as the financing counterpart to student business proposals. 

In investing in our women students, we are investing in Northern Colorado and into our shared prosperity. According to the newest study released on Refugees' Economic Impact, investments made into this groups' wellbeing yield a significant return over time: for every $1 invested, $1.23 is raised in tax revenue and $1.68 is raised in industry revenue. We can stimulate this return on investment and do it prudently. We would love your input!

If you have financial support opportunities for this program or knowledge of specific job opportunities for our clients, email our Women's Empowerment Coordinator, Roseline.