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January 2024 Newsletter

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The latest and the greatest information from the International Institute of Buffalo in the form of our January 2024 Newsletter Get more information about: Thoughts on the year ahead and Language Access in Erie County from Executive Director Jennifer Rizzo-Choi The final tally from our Gifts for Good Neighbors program A survey to help plan events during the year ahead…
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Shaza Saja, who arrived from Sudan

In Case you Missed it! Spectrum News Features IIB Clients Thriving With Local Restaurants

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In case you missed it. Spectrum News 1 put the spotlight on International Institute of Buffalo clients thriving with local employers. The feature highlighted local restaurants' success with the help of eager and hardworking immigrant employees. But the relationships are a two-way street. Nick Pitillo, owner of Osteria 166 in downtown Buffalo, says his outreach to IIB yielded valued, driven…
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Jennifer Rizzo Choi

In the Community: Jennifer Rizzo-Choi at Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site

By Education, Events, In the Community
IB Executive Director Jennifer Rizzo-Choi discussed the issue of immigration during Theodore Roosevelt's lifetime, dispelled persisting myths about immigrants, and underscored the positive impacts that New Americans have in Western New York during her presentation, "Immigration Will Always be an American Story."  She also discussed the important work of assisting newly arrived Americans in our community. The presentation was part…
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Djimon Hounsou: Black History Month and Recognizing Notable Black Immigrants and Refugees

By Education, History
Djimon Hounsou In honor of Black History Month, we're recognizing the economic, cultural, political, and social contributions of notable Black immigrants and refugees who've helped shape the vibrant tapestry of America. Today, we focus on award-winning French-American model and actor, Djimon Hounsou. Djimon Hounsou was born on April 24, 1964, in the Republic of Benin, formerly the Republic of Dahomey.…
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IIB Welcomes 31 New Americans from 19 Countries!

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We were honored to have welcomed 31 New Americans from 19 countries while they took their citizenship oaths at the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services Naturalization Ceremony in Buffalo this week. The Ceremony took place at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site downtown. The countries from which these new American citizens traveled are: Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Bangladesh, Burma, Canada,…
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New Refugee Families Need Immediate Help!

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Update: We are no longer holding open donation hours on site. To coordinate your drop offs please contact our Donations Coordinator Cara at: donations@iibuff.org or call (716)883-1900 extension 329. Next week we’re resettling a new refugee family of six. Arriving from Malaysia, the family includes a grandparent and three young children, ranging from three to eight years old. We are…
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In honor of Black History Month, we recognize Jamaican-American poet and social justice advocate, Claude McKay.

Claude McKay: Black History Month and Recognizing Notable Black Immigrants and Refugees

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Claude McKay In honor of Black History Month, we continue to recognize the economic, cultural, political, and social contributions of notable Black immigrants and refugees who’ve helped shape the vibrant tapestry of America. Today, we recognize Jamaican-American poet and Civil Rights advocate Claude McKay. Festus Claudius “Claude” McKay was born in 1889 in Clarendon Parish, Jamaica. Born to farm-worker parents,…
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IIB’s Professional Pathways Team Launches Inaugural Career Club

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Our Professional Pathways program recently launched its new “Career Club,” an offshoot of our Job Club. The four-session career development series assists eligible professionally-focused refugee, immigrant, and asylee clients in returning to their former careers, continuing higher education, or transitioning into jobs that utilize their established skill sets. The workshops offer focused professional coaching and include: Sessions centered around searching…
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Nigerian-American, two-time NBA Champion, and Hall-of-Famer Hakeem Olajuwon.

Hakeem Olajuwon: Black History Month and Recognizing Notable Black Immigrants and Refugees

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Hakeem Olajuwon Photo Credit: NBA.Com In honor of Black History Month, we’re recognizing the economic, cultural, political, and social contributions of notable black immigrants and refugees who’ve helped shape the vibrant tapestry of America. Today we focus on Nigerian-American NBA Hall of Famer, Hakeem Olajuwon. Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon was born in Lagos, Nigeria, on January 21, 1963. His parents owned…
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