Building Relationships in Germany

(Commentary from St. Louis Mosaic Project Executive Director Betsy Cohen)

Four St. Louis community leaders were recently part of an international exchange in Germany.  The focus was how to resettle refugees for maximum inclusion and work/cultural participation in our community.  The participants were International Institute of St. Louis ‎President & CEO Anna Crosslin, Missouri History Museum President Dr. Frances Levin, FOCUS St. Louis President & CEO Dr. Yemi Akande-Bartsch and St. Louis Mosaic Project Executive Director Betsy Cohen.

mosaic-germany-photo-2-web-100716The group was joined by representatives from Atlanta, Columbus/Dayton and Boise to visit Stuttgart, Manheim, Dresden and Berlin.  The trip was sponsored and funded by German foundations and the U.S. Embassy in Germany.  While in Berlin, the group participated in learning sessions led by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Anne Richard and U.S. Ambassador to Germany John Emerson.

There has been follow-up between the St. Louis delegation and these U.S. leaders.  It also turns out the Ambassador’s twin daughters are freshmen at Washington University in St. Louis, so the team invited him to meet additional St. Louis leaders in one of his upcoming visits to town.  There will be a free town hall meeting on Oct. 30 for the community to hear more.  Click here for more information.