May 2019
Your monthly news & updates
Introducing The Culture Challenge
Building multicultural bridges with a new experiential project
Refugee families must make hard choices when selecting essential items with which to flee. Cell phone? Degrees and certificates? What can you carry?  (Photo by Wayne Crosslin/International Institute)
Part escape room, part immersive learning exercise, Challenge -- IISTL’s newest offering is a unique team-building opportunity for businesses, schools and other groups. By experiencing sudden relocation and cultural isolation, participating cohorts will enhance their individual strengths and learn to leverage the value of their team members.

“This engaging experience opened the eyes of St. Charles Community College students to the challenges faced by people who must quickly relocate and navigate new and different cultures," said Martha Kampen of the community college. “And it improved our understanding of what our international students and immigrants must feel when they arrive and are introduced to American culture.”

Are you up for the challenge? For further information or a fee quote, contact Kelly Moore at 314-773-9090 ext. 163 or
Wednesday International Lunches a Big Hit
Enjoying international cuisine at IISTL 
Each Wednesday, a different immigrant caterer provides mouth-watering food choices from around the world. (Here) Syrian food is featured. (Photo by Wayne Crosslin/International Institute)
Join us on Wednesdays to sample international food from Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia, South America, and more. Lunch is available from 11:30 am to 1 pm (or until it runs out) in the Institute’s cafeteria. Most caterers have received loans and/or business consulting from the International Institute’s economic development program.

Dine-in or carry-out. Menus vary and are posted on IISTL’s Facebook. Follow us today! 
IISTL Trivia Night is a Big Success!
Launching our 100th Anniversary Celebration
The final round featured questions about the Institute’s past 100 years. (Photo by Wayne Crosslin/International Institute)
On April 12, Trivia fans enjoyed a fun-filled, competitive evening of unique trivia questions, large cash jackpots, and free beer and wine. It was a sellout crowd!

Players' and sponsors’ generosity helped the Institute nearly double its 2018 income, netting $29,600 from the event, which is hosted by the Young Friends Board.

Thanks so much to the following Trivia Night sponsors: Mastermind Sponsor Laurel and David Walters; Rocket Science Sponsors Edward Jones and Pfizer; Brainiac Sponsor Peabody Energy; Know-it-All Sponsors Todd Ackerman, Dot Foods, Carter Law Firm, KWS Gateway Research Center, and Alice Tharenos; Trivia Partner Sponsors Jeanne and Cullen Andrews, Blake Hamilton, and Urban Chestnut; Trivia Contributor Sponsors Law Office of Sarah Swatosh and St. Louis Community College; and Egghead Sponsors Carol MacDonald, Jenny Morton, Commerce Bank, Sisters of the Most Precious Blood, and the Walker School of Business & Technology at Webster University. 
400 Race4Refugees
Running to benefit the Institute & immigrants
Male and female 5k winners were Matt Mixdorf at 15:42 (5:04/mile) and Angela Reckelhoff-Mueller at 20:13 (6:31/mile). Great job! (Photo by Wayne Crosslin/International Institute)
Light rain failed to dampen the spirits of 389 runners and walkers, who gathered in Tower Grove Park on April 27 for the third annual Race4Refugees to benefit the International Institute. Volunteer Heather Huewe and her friends organized R4R3, which will result in a donation of more than $9,000 to the Institute. A special thanks to sponsors and underwriters the St. Louis Mosaic Project, Sha'are Emeth, Smith Law Offices, Tao & Lee, Willert Home Products, Wells Fargo Advisors, Urban Chestnut, Hot Box Cookies, Companion, United Provisions, Starbucks, Sadie Hawkins Day String Band, and Anji Mountain. We love you all!
GiveSTL Grows in Value & Impact
Donating to help the community & the Institute
In its sixth year, the St. Louis Community Foundation organized and executed a successful Give STL Day on May 1. IISTL raised $5,457 with your support. More than $3 million was contributed to 843 organizations in our region in a single day. Kudos to our donors and the community-at-large!
Upcoming Events
IISTL's Festival of Nations
August 24 - 25, Tower Grove Park, St. Louis
The festival is relocating within Tower Grove Park, moving closer to its center. Shady trees and ease of access will further improve the festival for new and long-time visitors. For more information, click here.
Tours of IISTL
Last Wednesday of each month at 10 am
Click here for reservation form. Group tours for more than five visitors can be arranged at other times with advance notice, also by using the form .