November 2019
Your Monthly News & Updates
International Institute Celebrates Centennial 
Serving the St. Louis community for 100 years 
On November 14, 200 guests gathered at the International Institute to celebrate the International Institute’s 100 th Anniversary and recognize partner organizations and individuals who have been welcoming immigrant newcomers and promoting a multicultural community.

Photos by Sid Hastings/International Institute.
Kuumba of Better Family Life Inc. delighted the audience with their dance and music.

The inaugural Anna Crosslin Distinguished Leadership Award was bestowed on the St. Louis Mosaic Project. (From left): Anh Pham-Nguyen, Chair of IISTL; Betsy Cohen, Executive Director of Mosaic; Bob Fox, Mosaic Co-Founder; Crosslin; Rodney Crim, President of the STL Economic Development Partnership; and Tim Nowak, Executive Director of the STL World Trade Center. 

The inaugural International Community Impact Award was given to the William T. Kemper Foundation and David W. Kemper. Jenny Hoelzer of the foundation and Commerce Bank is pictured here with Pham-Nguyen and Crosslin.

The International Institute Award, presented periodically since 1989 for exceptional volunteerism, was given to the Jewish Community Relations Council, Jewish Community for New Americans, and Congregation Shaare Emeth for their support of refugee children through their provision of summer camp for the past three years. Pictured here are Stan Shanker and Maharat Rori Picker Neiss with Pham-Nguyen and Crosslin.

Thirteen partners of IISTL and new Americans were also recognized for their outstanding efforts. (Seated from left) Thong Tharm of OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates; Jorge Riopedre; Rebekah Miller of the Lutheran Foundation St. Louis; Veta Jeffrey of Midwest BankCentre; Garie Perry; Aruna Gopinath of Wells Fargo Advisors. (Standing from left) Nicole Conaway of Nahed Chapman New American Academy; Heather Huewe of Race4Refugees; Rev. James Poinsett of Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis; Geoffrey Soyiantet of Vitendo4Africa; Carmen Dence of Grupo Atlantico; Akif Cogo for the St. Louis Bosnian Community; and Kelly Moore of NCNAA @ Roosevelt. 


Charles Allen
Jeanne & Cullen Andrews
Derek Bartlem
William Brencick
Betsy & Bruce Cohen
Anna & Wayne Crosslin
Joel Glassman
Martha & Mike Hogan
Shanna & Arindam Kar
Jennifer Schwesig & Kevin Mellick
Frances Pestello
Anh Pham-Nguyen
Powers Insurance
Rosalie & Bob Stein
Sisters of the Most Precious Blood
Mosaic Logo
Upcoming Events
International Institute Holiday Bazaar
December 7-8, 10 am - 5 pm, International Institute - Gym
Kick off your holiday shopping with unique treasures from local artisans and crafters at our 5th Annual Holiday Bazaar. Featuring an array of globally-inspired arts and crafts. Festivities will also include St. Louis food trucks. For more information, click here.
Wednesday Lunch
Each Wednesday, 11:30 am - 1 pm, IISTL Cafeteria (lower level)
Buy lunch from an immigrant caterer. Dine-in or carry-out; credit cards accepted. Menus posted weekly on  IISTL's Facebook page .

Upcoming Lunches:
  • December 4 - Albanian
  • December 11 - Egyptian
  • December 18 - Syrian
  • December 25 - NO LUNCH
  • January 1 - NO LUNCH
  • January 8 - Syrian
IISTL Holiday Hours
November 28-29 - Office Closed
December 13 - Office closes at 12:30
December 24 - Office closes at 1 pm
December 25 - Office Closed
December 31 - Office closes at 1 pm
January 1 - Office Closed
Tours of IISTL
Last Wednesday of each month at 11 am
No monthly tour in December.

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 .
For more upcoming events, visit our events calendar .