About Us

About Us

The International Institute of Akron (IIA) is a leader in the ever-expanding international community in Summit County, Ohio. A nonprofit agency founded in 1916, IIA welcomes new Americans to Akron to make our community their home.

Our Mission

Our mission is to contribute to the well-being of our community by creating and implementing programs and services that assist those born outside the United States to integrate into American society. We work to promote public awareness of the value of ethnic diversity and to encourage international communication.

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Our Impact in 2014

5,360 interpreting services were provided

33,119 hours of instruction were provided

771 individuals were assisted with employment services

542 individuals attended ESOL class and 98 students attended citizenship class

We provided resettlement services to 585 refugees

Our Partners

Our partner organizations have demonstrated a community-centered approach, excellent support, and a deep knowledge of meeting the needs of our community.