The International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit (IIMD) was founded in Detroit in 1919 by a group of YWCA volunteers, who sought to help legal immigrants learn English, appreciate freedom and democracy, become U.S. citizens, be assimilated into their new communities, and learn to understand each other's cultures.
Dear International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit Supporters:
On Monday, March 8, 2021, National Women’s International Day, the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit (IIMD) will host its Virtual Zoom Centennial Celebration from 12:00pm – 1:00pm. This year’s theme is “If You Can See Her You Can Be Her” where IIMD will recognize five influential progressive women of immigrant descent who will bring about change in 2021. The 2021 awardees are:
- Stephanie Chang - MI State Senator for District #1
- Sophia Chue - Caribbean Community Service Center
- Raquel Castaneda Lopez – Detroit City Council District #6
- Rashida Tlaib - US Representative for MI 13th Congressional District
- Mohana Walambe – South Asian American Voices for Impact/SAAVI
The International Institute is dedicated to working with foreign-born and with all Americans in the constant task of solving social problems, acculturation, education and acceptance. IIMD provides and utilize human and physical resources to advance the welfare and the integration of the foreign-born and their relatives; fostering community awareness that varied cultures contribute to the richness of American life. This is offered through evidence-based integrated and contextualized instruction. IIMD’s current programming are as follows: Immigration Legal Services, Workforce and Career Development, Language Classes and Access to Basic Needs (Support Services).
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2 Million People
200 World Languages
What We Offer
Global Education Programs
The purpose of the Global Education program is to expand the knowledge of children and adults about global cultures and widen their views of the world. Take a look at the programs that the Global Education Department conducts.
We are proud to own collections, artifacts exhibits and historical rooms that illustrate various nationalities and cultures around the world and tells parts of the history that makes IIMD the way it is today.