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A Century of Service

In its one hundredth year of service, the International Institute of St. Louis (IISTL) continues to promote our nation’s motto, E pluribus unum: Out of many, one. As it has for the past century, the International Institute helps build a more connected and productive society for immigrants, their families, and the St. Louis community. From its headquarters in Tower Grove East, IISTL provides essential immigrant integration services to more than six thousand foreign-born people from eighty countries. Nearly one thousand volunteers and ninety staff members offer English and citizenship classes, career path assistance, job placement, and counseling, as well as small-business development and microloans. More than one hundred thousand visitors attend the International Institute’s annual Festival of Nations and other events it hosts throughout the year.

Read more about the Institute in the Missouri Historical Society Fall 2019 Gateway magazine.

International Institute’s


On November 14, several hundred guests gathered at the International Institute to
celebrate the International Institute’s centennial and recognize the achievements of
individuals and organizations which have been working with the
International Institute to build a more welcoming community for immigrants & refugees.

We salute our honorees:

St. Louis Mosaic Project
William T. Kemper Foundation
Jewish Community Relations Council, JCNA, & Congregation Shaare Emeth
Carmen Dence
Heather Huewe (Race4Refugees)
Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis
Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis
Midwest BankCentre
OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates
Garie Perry
Jorge Riopedre
SLPS Principal Nicole Conaway of NCNAA and Director Kelly Moore of NCNAA-Roosevelt
Geoffrey Soyiantet
St. Louis Bosnian Community
Wells Fargo Advisors

Our special thanks to our evening’s sponsors…



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
TAO & LEE Associates