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Ahmed Zewail: Arab American Heritage Month and Recognizing Immigrants and Refugees

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In honor of Arab American Heritage Month, we continue to recognize the economic, cultural, political, and social contributions of notable immigrants and refugees who've helped shape America's vibrant tapestry. Today, we spotlight Nobel Laureate Egyptian-American chemist, Ahmed Zewail. Ahmed Zewail, nicknamed the "Father of Femtochemistry," was the first Egyptian scientist to receive a Nobel Prize in Chemistry. His work proved…
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Mohammed Amer: Arab American Heritage Month and Recognizing Immigrants and Refugees

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In honor of Arab American Heritage Month, we continue to recognize the economic, cultural, political, and social contributions of notable immigrants and refugees who’ve helped shape America’s vibrant tapestry. Today, we spotlight Palestinian-American stand-up comedian Mohammed Amer. Amer's unique perspective, shaped by his cultural background, has earned him widespread recognition, including mainstream media appearances and a Netflix comedy special. In…
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Rony Seikaly: Arab American Heritage Month and Recognizing Immigrants and Refugees

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In honor of Arab American Heritage Month, we are taking time to recognize the economic, cultural, political, and social contributions of notable immigrants and refugees who've helped shape America's vibrant tapestry. Today, we spotlight Lebanese American basketball player Rony Seikaly. One of the first internationally-born players to significantly impact the NBA, Rony Seikaly averaged close to a double-double throughout his…
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In honor of Women’s History Month, we continue to recognize the economic, cultural, political, and social contributions of notable immigrant and refugee women who’ve helped shape the vibrant tapestry of America. Today, we spotlight British-American astronomer, educator, and trailblazer Cecelia Payne-Gaposchkin.

Cecelia Payne-Gaposchkin: Women’s History Month and Recognizing Women Immigrants and Refugees

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In honor of Women’s History Month, we continue to recognize the economic, cultural, political, and social contributions of notable immigrant and refugee women who’ve helped shape the vibrant tapestry of America. Today, we spotlight British-American astronomer, educator, and trailblazer Cecelia Payne-Gaposchkin. Cecelia Payne-Gaposchkin was born in Wendover, England, in 1900. When she was four years old, her father, a lawyer,…
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A record 832 high school students from 40 WNY high schools took part in our 2024 Model United Nations General Assembly. The 20th year IIB has presented the competition.

Record Number of WNY Students Participate in 2024 Model UN General Assembly

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Another successful Model United Nations Conference is in the books! In our 20th year of presenting this marquee event, a record 832 students from 40 Western New York high schools signed up to brainstorm, cooperate, and debate their ideas at the annual competition at the University at Buffalo. Model UN challenges future leaders to address pressing and complex issues at…
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In honor of Women’s History Month, we recognize Dutch-American Hinke Boot, whose esteemed, 20-year career as Executive Director of the International Institute of Buffalo supported countless New American Families and further established Western New York’s welcoming infrastructure.

Hinke Boot: Women’s History Month and Recognizing Women Immigrants and Refugees

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In honor of Women’s History Month, we continue to recognize the economic, cultural, political, and social contributions of notable immigrant and refugee women who’ve helped shape the vibrant tapestry of America. Today, we recognize Dutch-American Hinke Boot, whose esteemed, 20-year career as Executive Director of the International Institute of Buffalo supported countless New American Families and further established Western New…
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Elisabeth Kübler-Ross: Women’s History Month and Recognizing Women Immigrants and Refugees

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In honor of Women’s History Month, we continue to recognize the economic, cultural, political, and social contributions of notable immigrant and refugee women who’ve helped shape the vibrant tapestry of America. Today, we spotlight Swiss-American psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, the driving force toward the acceptance of palliative care for the terminally ill in the U.S. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross was born in July…
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Mother Cabrini: Women’s History Month and Recognizing Women Immigrants and Refugees

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Mother Cabrini In honor of Women's History Month, we recognize the economic, cultural, political, and social contributions of influential immigrant and refugee women who've helped shaped the vibrant tapestry of America. Today, we spotlight the tireless work of Mother Cabrini, the canonized Catholic sister and the patron saint of immigrants. Maria Francesca Cabrina was born in Lombardy, Italy, on July…
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Jennifer Rizzo Choi

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

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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

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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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