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Grupo Atlantico

Carmen Dence is the founder and director of Grupo Atlantico, Akif Cogo is the founder of St. Louis Bosnians Inc., and Anna Crosslin is the president and CEO of the International Institute of St. Louis.
EVIE HEMPHILL | ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO

The International Institute of St. Louis has been a welcoming community for immigrants and refugees to the area for 100 years. Its mission is to foster a more connected community to benefit not only immigrants and their families, but the wider community as well. 

According to IISTL President and CEO Anna Crosslin, most of the organization’s events are “geared toward trying to demystify ‘the other,’ so that people are less fearful.”

“They can find out that there are, in fact, shared values and behaviors among people that go beyond the visible differences,” she said.