VISION A thriving community with an ethnically diverse and engaged citizenry which thinks and acts globally. MISSION To help immigrants and their families be productive Americans and to champion ethnic diversity as a cultural and economic strength. CORE VALUES AND PRINCIPLES Collaboration • Excellence • Innovation • Multicultural Perspective • Integrity • Data-Driven Approach • Leadership
For almost 100 years, the International Institue ofSt. Louis (IISTL) has operated St. Louis’ Welcoming Center for New Americans. IISTL’s founding goal was to integrate refugees of war into the American mainstream by promoting ethnic identity and leadership, being inclusive, and teaching democracy and self-reliance.
Today, we still address the important challenges of integrating newcomers and fostering cross-cultural awareness and appreciation. We offer nationally acclaimed services to more than 7,500 immigrants and refugees annually. Our Festival of Nations is the largest annual multicultural celebration in St. Louis, drawing more than 125,000 visitors each year. We have a deep knowledge of St. Louis’ immigrant communities and serve as key consultants on immigrant issues.
Our unique vision and mission are our fundamental strengths and much of our competitive edge. We strive to serve all immigrants without regard to county of origin, race, age or religion. Our leaders are authorities in the field of refugees and immigration policy. They, along with our proven track record in providing excellent, sought-after services, have positioned us as one of our region’s most respected institutions.
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