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Heat Advisory: City of Buffalo Opens Cooling Centers, Extends Splash Pad Hours

Buffalo officials have opened 12 cooling centers and extended hours at ten splash pads across the city. The announcement comes as temperatures are expected to soar into the high 80's and 90's throughout the week. Additionally, Buffalo Emergency Responders remind folks to limit outdoor activities during this hot spell, drink plenty of fluids, and utilize shade when possible. Those working…
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IIB Virtual Training: Trauma and Self-Care for Interpreters

Please join us for a 2-hour virtual training/discussion on the topics of trauma, vicarious trauma, and self-care for interpreters. Click here to register Date: Thursday, June 27, 2024 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. If you are able, please offer a donation of any amount you'd like to help cover the operating costs of our diverse departmental offerings, or even perhaps for…

IIB Hosts Volunteer Appreciation Night

Recently, we honored our dedicated team of volunteers with an evening of lively conversation, dinner, and games. The Volunteer Appreciation Night recognized the considerable time, energy, and physical contributions provided by volunteers from across Western New York year-round. Volunteer Appreciation Night welcomed approximately 50 volunteers to our downtown location. They were joined by staff to enjoy ethnic foods provided by…

A Statement from the International Institute of Buffalo’s Equity & Inclusion Committee:

At the International Institute of Buffalo, we welcome, connect and empower the foreign-born, provide trauma-informed care to refugee and immigrant survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence and encourage the region’s support for different cultures. This means we continually celebrate the diverse community created by our staff, board, clients, vendors and supporters. We work towards a future where all Western New Yorkers are free to lead full and productive lives.

We are an agency committed to human rights that works to improve the individual circumstances of our clients. We recognize that structural inequities disproportionately affect our clients.

As an equal opportunity employer, we stay true to our mission by ensuring that the Institute is a diverse and inclusive workplace where we welcome the unique contributions that our staff and board bring in terms of their education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, creed, race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, familial status, marital status, military status, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, color, religion, genetic characteristics, disability, domestic violence victim status, conviction status and beliefs. This includes fostering an inclusive and respectful work culture and proactively addressing bias and hostility within our organization through intentional dialogues, trainings, and community connection.

  • review hiring practices to aspire to achieve the diversity of our clients among our staff.
  • engage an internal committee to bring staff voices and expertise to conversations around Equity and Inclusion.
  • review vendors and purchasing to ensure that we attempt to support businesses operated by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).
  • seek out and create partnerships with organizations led by BIPOC when feasible.
  • use our voice to advocate for the rights of our clients.
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