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  About   Us

IIC offers English (ESL) classes in a friendly, creative, and dynamic environment, and provides referrals to support services.

The Institute works closely with a number of community organizations operating in New York City, including the Church of the Holy Apostles, the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, the Isaac Center, the Consortium for Worker Education (CWE).

Our   Mission  

The mission of the Institute for Immigrant Concerns is to equip adult immigrants of all nationalities with life and English language skills at a new setting for life; and immigrant support, empowering them to succeed in the quest for social and economic independence.


Our  History 

Since 1997

Our students learn English to better embrace their new start in the United States. Our students gain vital cross-cultural skills and social awareness to effect positive change in their workplaces, homes, and communities.

8000 adult immigrants

Originally under the auspices of Marymount Manhattan College, and later, from 2005 to 2013, the College of Mount Saint Vincent, the Institute is now an independent non-profit corporation under the tax exempt 501(c)(3) status.

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All are welcome and participants hail from a myriad of backgrounds and experiences. We welcome visitors to New York City, as well as those who have been here for years — from complete beginners to advanced students who wish to enhance their competence.

We are IIC

The Institute is especially proud of its work with pre-literate individuals, refugees and political asylees, victims of domestic abuse and violence, and those fleeing torture and persecution in their homelands.

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Meet the  Team 

Donna Kelsh

Executive Director

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Mateo Goldman

Board Member

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Sylvia Mao


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Mark Brik

Education Director

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Hudjy Dolce

Board Member

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Freddy Jacobs

Board Member and IIC Instructor

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Gina Martin

Chair of the Board of Directors

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Barbara Harris

Board of Directors

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Rupa Dharia

Board Member

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Get In Touch

If you have any questions regarding the Institute’s programs, use the contact form below. IIC staff will get back to you as soon as possible.

You can also contact us by email: instituteforimmigrantconcerns@gmail.com or telephone: 646-320-0061

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