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Iowa International Center(IIC) connects Iowans with people from around the world to create a welcoming and prosperous community. We do this by removing language barriers, reducing biases, and offering international exchanges through a variety of services.  

2022 Events

Join Iowa International Center(IIC) for events throughout the year that celebrate our global community.

Spice Fest

Iowa International Center is excited to announce its new event SpiceFest presented by Lola’s Fine Hot Sauce.  Exile Brewing will participate as the Venue Sponsor, Local 5 – We are Iowa participating as Media Sponsor, and the Sehgal Foundation as Community Partner. This new event for the Des Moines area is focused on international flavors and local cuisine, while celebrating the delicious melding of culture and taste here in Iowa. 

Passport to Prosperity

This awards celebration recognizes immigrants and refugees who make Iowa a better place through their contributions to our communities. We welcome friends, donors and community leaders to join us the week of October 3rd, 2022 for a variety of events such as trivia, scavenger hunts, and a formal dinner.

Travel Belfast with us

Join us on a trip to Belfast June 4-10, 2022 surrounding the Harkin International Disability Employment Summit. Experience professional development from Belfast’s leaders in disability employment, as well as time to explore before and after the Summit.


Help create a welcoming and prosperous community

Our children have grown up getting perspectives of other countries and cultures around politics, religion, etc. that has helped make them strong, open minded, diverse adults.

Our Stories

 Stories help us understand and connect with each other. Below are some of the amazing stories from our international community.

Being an Emerging Leader

Being an Emerging Leader By: Colbee Cunningham, Former IIC Intern & current Simpson College student Grateful, humbled, and empowered: The emotions I’ve experienced since being

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