IIA's mission of serving refugees and immigrants in Akron would not be possible without the support of our community. As such, promoting public awareness of the value of ethnic diversity and facilitating international communication is essential.
Over the past six months, 48 interviews were conducted with residents of North Hill. They discussed with researchers the things they love about living in a culturally diverse neighborhood. Among other things, the final report of research findings concluded that residents "wanted a way to start breaking down barriers … the importance of community and the vision of neighbors-helping-neighbors carried through.”