September 21, 2023 | Immigrants and refugees bring with them a wealth of culture, potential, talent and ambition when they arrive in Minnesota. But digital barriers can prevent them from accessing education or employment opportunities, denying them prominence in today’s digital climate.
The International Institute of Minnesota’s (IIMN) partnership with Comcast’s Project UP aims to change that by offering resources that help clients move their lives forward.
As a new Comcast Lift Zone, IIMN now offers one more tool to provide critically needed digital resources to our clients.
Among the offerings announced this week:
- free broadband access onsite for Institute students and clients
- 250 new laptops for newly arrived refugees and to support student access
- two Lift Zone privacy pods
The privacy pods allow students a space to conduct job interviews, participate in digital tutoring sessions or access other services that require a high-speed connection and privacy not available in other public locations.
“The tasks of starting a new life in a new country can be overwhelming for refugees and immigrants when they arrive. Digital literacy and lack of reliable internet access can get in the way of applying for work, participating in classes or accessing community services,” said Jane Graupman, Executive Director at the International Institute of Minnesota.