St. Louis Celebrates Immigrants During National Welcoming Week

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    The St. Louis Mosaic Project joins Welcoming America to celebrate National Welcoming Week Sept. 12-20 by highlighting twenty events to recognize immigrant contributions to St. Louis. Events in St. Louis range from an International Soccer Tournament to Brazilian, Hispanic, Polish and Scottish Festivals.


    “These celebrations are part of a powerful and growing movement in our country,” said David Lubell, Executive Director of Welcoming America. “Communities recognize that they are more vibrant and prosperous when everyone feels welcomed. Across the United States this week, new and long-time residents are building bridges and making their communities stronger, together.”

    The Mosaic Project sees National Welcoming Week as an opportunity to show that St. Louis is a composed of people from many different cultures and communities that each add value and flair to the region. The list of events ranges from a Naturalization Ceremony at the International Institute, lectures, concerts, festivals and a even a street soccer tournament.

    “We are proud to join this national effort to show that in our local community, New St. Louisans are valued and are part of what makes St. Louis a great place to call home,” said Ko.

    The naturalization ceremony of 50 new Americans comes on the heels of news that the International Institute has resettled 29 Syrian refugees with plans to receive 20 more. “We are stronger together, and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate National Welcoming Week. These events show that in St. Louis, we are working to make our community the kind of place where diverse people from around the world feel valued and want to call St. Louis home.”

    Some highlights include:

    Tues., Sept. 15

    • The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce ‘Business to Business Roundtable”  Business owners and entrepreneurs can come and make connections and find new outlets for their services. (4-5pm, 3611 South Grand Blvd. Suite 105)

    Wed., Sept. 16

    • Bagels and Coffee at the International Institute of St. Louis Topic: “How New Zealand Welcomes Immigrants.” (7:45-9am, The International Institute of St. Louis, 3401 Arsenal St.)
    • Panel Discussion at Saint Louis University Topic: “Future of U.S.-Korea Relations and Status of the Free-Trade Agreement.” Panel discussion will include Keynote speakers such as, the Minister for Economic Affairs, Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Mr. Hohyun Jang. (5pm with reception to follow, Anheuser-Busch Auditorium in the John Cook School of Business, Saint Louis University, 3674 Lindell Blvd., Midtown)

    Thurs., Sept. 17

    • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Meet the Hispanic Chamber membership and network. 6-8pm. (Nestle Purina, 801 Chouteau Ave., Midtown)

    Fri., Sept. 18

    • International Naturalization Ceremony at the International Institute of St. Louis. Join the Mayor of St. Louis, Francis Slay in welcoming of 35+ immigrants                                         who are receiving their US Citizenship. (11am-12pm, The International Institute of St. Louis, 3401 Arsenal St.)

    Sat., Sept. 19

    • Samba Bom – Picnic, Wines, Friends, Live Music and Dance (5-8pm, Blumenhof Winery, 13699 S. Highway 94 – Village of Dutzo)
    • HCC Night at St. Louis Football Club (Saint Louis FC vs Louisville City) St.Louis Football Club welcomes the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to the World Wide Technology Soccer Park in our inaugural season. STL FC is the brand new men’s professional outdoor soccer team that is the USL affiliate of the Chicago Fire. All home game are played at World Wide Technology Soccer Park. (Game starts at 7:30am, 1 Soccer Park Rd, Fenton) 

    A complete list of events in St. Louis can be found on the Mosaic Project’s website.