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  • June 2019 Issue: Articles include Crosslin Receives Asian Pacific Heritage Award, Festival of Nations Volunteers Needed, 2019-21 IISTL Strategic Plan Approved, and Board of Directors Transistions
  • May 2019 Issue: Articles include Introducing The Culture Challenge, Wednesday International Lunches a Big Hit, IISTL Trivia Night is a Big Success, and 400 Race4Refugees
  • March 2019 Issue: Articles include IISTL Trivia Night April 12, Green Card Backlog … What’s That?, and Race for Refugees 2019 on April 27
  • December 2018 Issue: Articles include IISTL Holiday Bazaar is Great Success, Immigrants Celebrate Thanksgiving, and St. Louis Leaders Present at Berlin Conference
  • November 2018 Issue: Articles include IISTL Holiday Bazaar is Dec. 1 & 2, GlobalHack VII Focuses on Immigration, and “Decoding the Potential” Convening Draws Widely
  • October 2018 Issue: Articles include October 19 Conference on Immigrant Brain Waste, 2018 Festival of Nations Draws 130,000, Nine IISTL Clients Achieve US Citizenship, and Ann Manry Rynearson Passes Away
  • August/September 2018 Issue: Articles include Festival of Nations, Summer Camp is Rousing Success, Refugee Families are Still Coming, Join Refugees’ Liberty Quest – Contribute Today
  • July 2018 Issue: Articles include Big Crowds for World Refugee Day, CAIP Class Students Graduate, 350 More Festival Volunteers Needed & Join the Liberty Quest – Contribute Today
  • May 2018 Issue: Articles include 52 from 35 Countries Gain US Citizenship, Race for Refugees is Resounding Success, Report: Many STL Immigrants are Underemployed, IISTL Annual Golf Tournament & Dinner, and IISTL Board Members Elected
  • April 2018 Issue: Articles include Race for Refugees on April 14, 2018 International Health Fair on April 25, Community Potlucks Welcome New Refugees, and SLMPD Helps Orient Newcomers
  • January 2018 Issue: Articles include 659 Refugees Welcomed to St. Louis in 2017, LPFM Radio Station – Goal One Met, Refugee Women Learn Financial Literacy Skills, Jewish Muslim Day of Service at Institute, Cortango Orquesta Performs at Institute
  • December 2017 Issue: Articles include 2017 Holiday Bazaar Huge Sucess, Seven ESOL Students Attend STL Blues Game, Crosslin Receives 2017 Better Family Life Award, New Americans Celebrate First Thanksgiving, and Edgar Aguilar Joins Institute Board
  • November 2017 Issue: Articles include 2017 Adopt-a-Family Program Opens, Abente, Hamilton, and Hand are Promoted, Young Frieds of IISTL Seeks Board Members, 2018 Community Potlucks Welcome Newcomers, GlobalHack 2018 on Immigration and Innovation
  • October 2017 Issue: Articles include Crossllin Receives International Business Award, DACA Presentation is Timely and Relevant, New US Citizens Sworn In at International Institute, Suzanne LeLaurin Retires from Institute, Festival of Nations is Outstanding Success, and Liberty Flight Lands on September 3

IISTL Presentations

Other Resources

  • Foreign Festival Customs & Dishes – by Marian Schibsby & Hanny Cohrsen (1974)
    Christmas in America – A history of Old World Christmas and some New Years customs, foreign Easter customs, Thanksgiving in many lands, foreign Christmas dishes, and other foreign holiday dishes. (76 pages)
  • Asian Business Owners from South Grand Boulevard’s International District St. Louis, MO – by Pamela A. De Voe, Ph.D. (1997)
    This report is the result of a needs assessment survey carried out with the Asian business people in the Greater South Grand area. The study was sponsored by the International Institute of Metropolitan St. Louis with funding from the St. Louis Community Foundation. It centers on the Asian business owners’ perceptions, concerns and suggestions involving crime and safety issues affecting them and their businesses. Twenty-one Asian businesses participated in this study, as well as nineteen Asian community leaders and representatives of the larger non-Asian American community. (37 pages)
  • The International Institute Movement and Ethnic Pluralism – by Raymond A. Mohl (Reprinted from Social Science, 56:1 (Winter, 1981))
    “The traditional American response to immigrants has emphasized Americanization or assimilation. The doctrine of cultural pluralism made few converts unitl quite recently. The International Institutes, a unique group of 55 immigrant social service agencies in American industrial cities, were among the early advocates of cultural pluralism. Unlike most agencies working with immigrants, the International Institutes accepted ethnic diversity and encouraged maintenance of immigrant languages, traditions, and folk cultures.” (9 pages)
  • The International Institutes: A National Movement of Resettlement and Inclusion – Excerpted from “Out of Many, One – A History of the Immigration and Refugee Services of America Network,” 1998, IRSA, by Margi Dunlap and Nicholas Montalto. (Note that IRSA changed its name to US Committee for Refugees & Immigrants-USCRI in 2004.) Post-1998 information is adapted from USCRI publications and other materials. (16 pages)
  • International Institute of St. Louis: Our Story – A brief history of the International Institute of St. Louis (9 pages)
  • Immigration Definitions and Categories of Foreign-Born in US
  • HIRE – St. Louis – (April 2011) Human resources toolkit for workplaces with immigrants.  Includes: responsibilities of employers, rights of employees, and non-profit resources for employers and employees. (16 pages)
  • The Economic Impact of Immigration on St. Louis– by Jack Strauss, Simon Chair of Economics, Director of the Simon Center for Regional Forecasting, Saint Louis University (June 2012) (59 pages)
  • Operational Guidance to Resettlement Agencies – The US Department of State issued guidelines regarding housing in April of 2001. This “Operational Guidance to Resettlement Agencies” describes the minimum standards for Reception and Placement services which is expected to be provided by voluntary agencies under their Cooperative Agreement with the Department of State. However, the guidance recognizes that “compliance with some aspects of this guidance may not always be possible.” Agencies are expected to use their “best efforts” to meet the standards, and to document occasions when full compliance is not possible.

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