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Great Decisions 2019

Great Decisions 9 engaging foreign policy discussions introduced & facilitated by leading experts in Western New York Hosted by the International Institute of Buffalo on Mondays from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Feb. 4th-April 15th (no session 2/18 or 3/18) To register: Print & Mail the Registration Form: https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3A8a57da80-f13b-42c9-b673-3cad0adf5c04 Call the Global Education Dept: (716) 883-1900. Email SKittinger@iibuff.org …
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Holiday Wish List

Visit our Amazon Holiday Wish List Drop off items listed below at the Institute Monday thru Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Winter items –  Hats, Gloves, Children’s Boots (all sizes) Diapers (all sizes) Price Rite Gift Cards ($20 increments) K-Mart Gift Cards ($20 increments) Gifts of cash to the Institute may be made in …
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Statement In Response to Reduction of Refugee Admissions for FY2019

Our America was founded as a refuge for pilgrims fleeing religious persecution. For centuries, other waves of refugees and immigrants followed: Irish, Germans, Russian Jews, Italians. All came seeking a better, safer life for themselves and their families. America gave them a home, and in return they have helped enrich and grow our nation with …
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Welcoming Week 2018

The International Institute of Buffalo will celebrate Welcoming Week (September 14 – 23, 2018) with a series of events and activities recognizing the contributions of immigrants and refugees to the Western New York community.  Members of the community are invited to join in the celebrations. Our participation in Welcoming Week shows that in Buffalo, Americans …
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Meet Klara Chomicka & Ryan Peters

Klara Chomicka & Ryan Peters, Development & Communications University of Chicago and SUNY Oswego graduates respectively, Ms. Chomicka and Mr. Peters support the Development & Communications office’s overarching fundraising, outreach and media initiatives. What do you feel is your your role in the Development and Communications Office here at the Institute? [KC]: A couple different things. …
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Meet Madi McEwen

Madi McEwen, Education & International Visitors Coordinator A University of Buffalo ’18 graduate and ardent advocate for diversity & inclusion, Ms. McEwen is the Education & International Visitors Coordinator supporting her department in increasing global awareness and engagement of all Western New York residents. What did you study and what experiences do you have that …
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Meet Audrey Herrera

Audrey Herrera, Volunteer Coordinator A native of Albuquerque and lover of philosophical conversations, Ms. Herrera works in New American Integration coordinating volunteers and interns for both the HELLO program and the Institute’s departments. Where are you from and how long have you been at the Institute? [AH]: I am from Albuquerque, New Mexico and have been at …
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Meet Beth Mercer

Elizabeth “Beth” Mercer, Self Sufficiency Coordinator A native of Orchard Park and all things health and wellness, Ms. Mercer works in New American Integration coordinating financial literacy programs for the Institute’s clients to become self-sufficient in their new lives in Western New York. Where are you from and what do you do here? [BM]: I have …
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Meet Lila Rollo

Lila Rollo, Refugee Case Coordinator A Buffalo native and something of a polyglot, Ms. Rollo works in New American Integration helping the Institute’s clients adjust to their new lives in Western New York. Where are you from, how long have you been at the Institute, and what do you do here? [LR]: I was born and …
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Meet our Summer Interns (Part Two)

Kelly McCormick, from Buffalo, NY — New American Integration Master’s Student @ University of Buffalo — Master’s in Social Work (MSW) Places you’ve traveled to: Los Angeles, Portland, Chicago, New York City, Tampa, DC, London and Dublin. Why intern at the Institute?  The refugee population is a population I am interested in working with as a …
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