Education and International Visitors


The Institute’s education programming is designed to enlighten learners of all ages about global events, how the world is represented in Western New York, how culture affects behavior, and how to work with diverse cultures. Whether the participants are from the US or abroad, they will find engaging resources to help them explore and connect. The programs also promote appreciation for diversity, as well as understanding, sensitivity, and tolerance for one another.

International Institute international visitors’ programs build bridges between Western New York and the world. We bring international leaders to Western New York to connect with local professionals and exchange best practices on different topics. Past topics include combating trafficking in persons, international crime and water resource management. The result of this work are new professional relationships locally and globally.

For more information contact:  mshogan@iibuff.org

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Cultural Competency

We provide a broad range of training opportunities to equip medical professionals, educators, students, law enforcement personnel, caseworkers, realtors, social services providers, and employers among many others to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds through, activities, videos, and open discussions. Trainings are available for companies doing business in other countries or sending their staff to other countries. One–on-one consultation is also offered to address specific cultural and linguistic challenges.

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International Visitors

International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP)
This program is funded by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (Community Partnership Program). Visitors are selected by the U.S. embassies abroad. Two to three city stops are selected by the U.S. State Department in DC. When visitors come to WNY, we plan their itinerary of professional meetings, hotel reservations, cultural activities and dinner hospitality with a number of host volunteers.

Open World

This program is funded by the U.S. Library of Congress through the Open World Leadership Center. The program’s goal is to enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and Post-Soviet Bloc countries and Eurasia. The visitors stay 8-9 days, and they come directly from D.C. to Buffalo or the selected city. The Institute plans professional meetings, transportation, and home stays for the group.

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Health Literacy

This project is funded by the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Upstate New York. The International Institute partners with Roswell Park Cancer Institute to increase knowledge and raise awareness in the immigrant communities about breast cancer and the importance of screening and early detection. We conduct educational sessions using translated materials and trained interpreters. We also present cultural trainings for healthcare providers, medical professionals and trainees to help them work effectively with the refugees and immigrants. Health literacy sessions are also conducted for refugees and immigrants to increase understanding of preventative medicine and how to navigate the U.S. health system.

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Academic WorldQuest

This program brings students together from across the Niagara Frontier to participate in an international trivia competition. Each year, the winning team earns the right to represent their school, the International Institute of Buffalo and all of Western New York at the National Academic WorldQuest competition in Washington, D.C.

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Globalkids

GlobalKids (grades K through 8)

Children learn about cultures and countries around the world through dance, crafts, music, stories, and more activities. The program also teaches them about the immigrant and refugee experience through a simulation of a refugee camp. GlobalKids is offered to schools, libraries, community centers, and other organizations. By participating, children increase their ability to interact with friends, classmates, and neighbors of different cultures.

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Model United Nations

More than 550 high school students from 40 local high schools participate in the annual Model United Nations General Assembly. Students address pressing issues in international relations by writing, debating, amending, and voting on resolutions in committees that simulate those of the UN General Assembly. Students act as diplomats for the day, learning about national interests and foreign policies of other countries. Participants gain a better understanding of global security, as well as economic, humanitarian, and environmental concerns that are critical to the future of our world.

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Great Decisions

Great Decisions is a nine-week lecture series held in collaboration with the Foreign Policy Association (FPA). The International Institute recruits experts to speak on critical foreign policy topics selected by the FPA. Included is a briefing guide to facilitate discussion among program participants. Past topics in the series include Saudi Arabia in Transition, the European Union and conflict in the South China Sea.

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Community WorldQuest

Community WorldQuest (fundraising event)

Community WorldQuest is an evening of fun, friendly and fierce competition. Businesses, schools, service providers, and trivia buffs form teams that compete to be the region’s most globally intelligent. Community WorldQuest is also a fundraiser support the Institute’s education programs.

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Cultural Competency

We provide a broad range of training opportunities to equip medical professionals, educators, students, law enforcement personnel, caseworkers, realtors, social services providers, and employers among many others to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds through, activities, videos, and open discussions. Trainings are available for companies doing business in other countries or sending their staff to other countries. One–on-one consultation is also offered to address specific cultural and linguistic challenges.

×

International Visitors

International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP)
This program is funded by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (Community Partnership Program). Visitors are selected by the U.S. embassies abroad. Two to three city stops are selected by the U.S. State Department in DC. When visitors come to WNY, we plan their itinerary of professional meetings, hotel reservations, cultural activities and dinner hospitality with a number of host volunteers.

Open World

This program is funded by the U.S. Library of Congress through the Open World Leadership Center. The program’s goal is to enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and Post-Soviet Bloc countries and Eurasia. The visitors stay 8-9 days, and they come directly from D.C. to Buffalo or the selected city. The Institute plans professional meetings, transportation, and home stays for the group.

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Health Literacy

This project is funded by the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Upstate New York. The International Institute partners with Roswell Park Cancer Institute to increase knowledge and raise awareness in the immigrant communities about breast cancer and the importance of screening and early detection. We conduct educational sessions using translated materials and trained interpreters. We also present cultural trainings for healthcare providers, medical professionals and trainees to help them work effectively with the refugees and immigrants. Health literacy sessions are also conducted for refugees and immigrants to increase understanding of preventative medicine and how to navigate the U.S. health system.

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Academic WorldQuest

This program brings students together from across the Niagara Frontier to participate in an international trivia competition. Each year, the winning team earns the right to represent their school, the International Institute of Buffalo and all of Western New York at the National Academic WorldQuest competition in Washington, D.C.

×

Globalkids

GlobalKids (grades K through 8)

Children learn about cultures and countries around the world through dance, crafts, music, stories, and more activities. The program also teaches them about the immigrant and refugee experience through a simulation of a refugee camp. GlobalKids is offered to schools, libraries, community centers, and other organizations. By participating, children increase their ability to interact with friends, classmates, and neighbors of different cultures.

×

Model United Nations

More than 550 high school students from 40 local high schools participate in the annual Model United Nations General Assembly. Students address pressing issues in international relations by writing, debating, amending, and voting on resolutions in committees that simulate those of the UN General Assembly. Students act as diplomats for the day, learning about national interests and foreign policies of other countries. Participants gain a better understanding of global security, as well as economic, humanitarian, and environmental concerns that are critical to the future of our world.

×

Great Decisions

Great Decisions is a nine-week lecture series held in collaboration with the Foreign Policy Association (FPA). The International Institute recruits experts to speak on critical foreign policy topics selected by the FPA. Included is a briefing guide to facilitate discussion among program participants. Past topics in the series include Saudi Arabia in Transition, the European Union and conflict in the South China Sea.

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Community WorldQuest

Community WorldQuest (fundraising event)

Community WorldQuest is an evening of fun, friendly and fierce competition. Businesses, schools, service providers, and trivia buffs form teams that compete to be the region’s most globally intelligent. Community WorldQuest is also a fundraiser support the Institute’s education programs.

×

Cultural Competency

We provide a broad range of training opportunities to equip medical professionals, educators, students, law enforcement personnel, caseworkers, realtors, social services providers, and employers among many others to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds through, activities, videos, and open discussions. Trainings are available for companies doing business in other countries or sending their staff to other countries. One–on-one consultation is also offered to address specific cultural and linguistic challenges.

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International Visitors

International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP)
This program is funded by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (Community Partnership Program). Visitors are selected by the U.S. embassies abroad. Two to three city stops are selected by the U.S. State Department in DC. When visitors come to WNY, we plan their itinerary of professional meetings, hotel reservations, cultural activities and dinner hospitality with a number of host volunteers.

Open World

This program is funded by the U.S. Library of Congress through the Open World Leadership Center. The program’s goal is to enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and Post-Soviet Bloc countries and Eurasia. The visitors stay 8-9 days, and they come directly from D.C. to Buffalo or the selected city. The Institute plans professional meetings, transportation, and home stays for the group.

×

Health Literacy

This project is funded by the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Upstate New York. The International Institute partners with Roswell Park Cancer Institute to increase knowledge and raise awareness in the immigrant communities about breast cancer and the importance of screening and early detection. We conduct educational sessions using translated materials and trained interpreters. We also present cultural trainings for healthcare providers, medical professionals and trainees to help them work effectively with the refugees and immigrants. Health literacy sessions are also conducted for refugees and immigrants to increase understanding of preventative medicine and how to navigate the U.S. health system.

×

Academic WorldQuest

This program brings students together from across the Niagara Frontier to participate in an international trivia competition. Each year, the winning team earns the right to represent their school, the International Institute of Buffalo and all of Western New York at the National Academic WorldQuest competition in Washington, D.C.

×

Globalkids

GlobalKids (grades K through 8)

Children learn about cultures and countries around the world through dance, crafts, music, stories, and more activities. The program also teaches them about the immigrant and refugee experience through a simulation of a refugee camp. GlobalKids is offered to schools, libraries, community centers, and other organizations. By participating, children increase their ability to interact with friends, classmates, and neighbors of different cultures.

×

Model United Nations

More than 550 high school students from 40 local high schools participate in the annual Model United Nations General Assembly. Students address pressing issues in international relations by writing, debating, amending, and voting on resolutions in committees that simulate those of the UN General Assembly. Students act as diplomats for the day, learning about national interests and foreign policies of other countries. Participants gain a better understanding of global security, as well as economic, humanitarian, and environmental concerns that are critical to the future of our world.

×

Great Decisions

Great Decisions is a nine-week lecture series held in collaboration with the Foreign Policy Association (FPA). The International Institute recruits experts to speak on critical foreign policy topics selected by the FPA. Included is a briefing guide to facilitate discussion among program participants. Past topics in the series include Saudi Arabia in Transition, the European Union and conflict in the South China Sea.

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Community WorldQuest

Community WorldQuest (fundraising event)

Community WorldQuest is an evening of fun, friendly and fierce competition. Businesses, schools, service providers, and trivia buffs form teams that compete to be the region’s most globally intelligent. Community WorldQuest is also a fundraiser support the Institute’s education programs.

×

Cultural Competency

We provide a broad range of training opportunities to equip medical professionals, educators, students, law enforcement personnel, caseworkers, realtors, social services providers, and employers among many others to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds through, activities, videos, and open discussions. Trainings are available for companies doing business in other countries or sending their staff to other countries. One–on-one consultation is also offered to address specific cultural and linguistic challenges.

×

International Visitors

International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP)
This program is funded by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (Community Partnership Program). Visitors are selected by the U.S. embassies abroad. Two to three city stops are selected by the U.S. State Department in DC. When visitors come to WNY, we plan their itinerary of professional meetings, hotel reservations, cultural activities and dinner hospitality with a number of host volunteers.

Open World

This program is funded by the U.S. Library of Congress through the Open World Leadership Center. The program’s goal is to enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and Post-Soviet Bloc countries and Eurasia. The visitors stay 8-9 days, and they come directly from D.C. to Buffalo or the selected city. The Institute plans professional meetings, transportation, and home stays for the group.

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Health Literacy

This project is funded by the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Upstate New York. The International Institute partners with Roswell Park Cancer Institute to increase knowledge and raise awareness in the immigrant communities about breast cancer and the importance of screening and early detection. We conduct educational sessions using translated materials and trained interpreters. We also present cultural trainings for healthcare providers, medical professionals and trainees to help them work effectively with the refugees and immigrants. Health literacy sessions are also conducted for refugees and immigrants to increase understanding of preventative medicine and how to navigate the U.S. health system.

×

Academic WorldQuest

This program brings students together from across the Niagara Frontier to participate in an international trivia competition. Each year, the winning team earns the right to represent their school, the International Institute of Buffalo and all of Western New York at the National Academic WorldQuest competition in Washington, D.C.

×

Globalkids

GlobalKids (grades K through 8)

Children learn about cultures and countries around the world through dance, crafts, music, stories, and more activities. The program also teaches them about the immigrant and refugee experience through a simulation of a refugee camp. GlobalKids is offered to schools, libraries, community centers, and other organizations. By participating, children increase their ability to interact with friends, classmates, and neighbors of different cultures.

×

Model United Nations

More than 550 high school students from 40 local high schools participate in the annual Model United Nations General Assembly. Students address pressing issues in international relations by writing, debating, amending, and voting on resolutions in committees that simulate those of the UN General Assembly. Students act as diplomats for the day, learning about national interests and foreign policies of other countries. Participants gain a better understanding of global security, as well as economic, humanitarian, and environmental concerns that are critical to the future of our world.

×

Great Decisions

Great Decisions is a nine-week lecture series held in collaboration with the Foreign Policy Association (FPA). The International Institute recruits experts to speak on critical foreign policy topics selected by the FPA. Included is a briefing guide to facilitate discussion among program participants. Past topics in the series include Saudi Arabia in Transition, the European Union and conflict in the South China Sea.

×

Community WorldQuest

Community WorldQuest (fundraising event)

Community WorldQuest is an evening of fun, friendly and fierce competition. Businesses, schools, service providers, and trivia buffs form teams that compete to be the region’s most globally intelligent. Community WorldQuest is also a fundraiser support the Institute’s education programs.

×

Cultural Competency

We provide a broad range of training opportunities to equip medical professionals, educators, students, law enforcement personnel, caseworkers, realtors, social services providers, and employers among many others to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds through, activities, videos, and open discussions. Trainings are available for companies doing business in other countries or sending their staff to other countries. One–on-one consultation is also offered to address specific cultural and linguistic challenges.

×

International Visitors

International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP)
This program is funded by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (Community Partnership Program). Visitors are selected by the U.S. embassies abroad. Two to three city stops are selected by the U.S. State Department in DC. When visitors come to WNY, we plan their itinerary of professional meetings, hotel reservations, cultural activities and dinner hospitality with a number of host volunteers.

Open World

This program is funded by the U.S. Library of Congress through the Open World Leadership Center. The program’s goal is to enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and Post-Soviet Bloc countries and Eurasia. The visitors stay 8-9 days, and they come directly from D.C. to Buffalo or the selected city. The Institute plans professional meetings, transportation, and home stays for the group.

×

Health Literacy

This project is funded by the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Upstate New York. The International Institute partners with Roswell Park Cancer Institute to increase knowledge and raise awareness in the immigrant communities about breast cancer and the importance of screening and early detection. We conduct educational sessions using translated materials and trained interpreters. We also present cultural trainings for healthcare providers, medical professionals and trainees to help them work effectively with the refugees and immigrants. Health literacy sessions are also conducted for refugees and immigrants to increase understanding of preventative medicine and how to navigate the U.S. health system.

×

Academic WorldQuest

This program brings students together from across the Niagara Frontier to participate in an international trivia competition. Each year, the winning team earns the right to represent their school, the International Institute of Buffalo and all of Western New York at the National Academic WorldQuest competition in Washington, D.C.

×

Globalkids

GlobalKids (grades K through 8)

Children learn about cultures and countries around the world through dance, crafts, music, stories, and more activities. The program also teaches them about the immigrant and refugee experience through a simulation of a refugee camp. GlobalKids is offered to schools, libraries, community centers, and other organizations. By participating, children increase their ability to interact with friends, classmates, and neighbors of different cultures.

×

Model United Nations

More than 550 high school students from 40 local high schools participate in the annual Model United Nations General Assembly. Students address pressing issues in international relations by writing, debating, amending, and voting on resolutions in committees that simulate those of the UN General Assembly. Students act as diplomats for the day, learning about national interests and foreign policies of other countries. Participants gain a better understanding of global security, as well as economic, humanitarian, and environmental concerns that are critical to the future of our world.

×

Great Decisions

Great Decisions is a nine-week lecture series held in collaboration with the Foreign Policy Association (FPA). The International Institute recruits experts to speak on critical foreign policy topics selected by the FPA. Included is a briefing guide to facilitate discussion among program participants. Past topics in the series include Saudi Arabia in Transition, the European Union and conflict in the South China Sea.

×

Community WorldQuest

Community WorldQuest (fundraising event)

Community WorldQuest is an evening of fun, friendly and fierce competition. Businesses, schools, service providers, and trivia buffs form teams that compete to be the region’s most globally intelligent. Community WorldQuest is also a fundraiser support the Institute’s education programs.

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