Since 1978, Anna Crosslin has led the International Institute of St. Louis, our region’s immigrant services and community engagement hub. The Institute offers integrative services to more than 6,000 immigrants from 60 countries annually. IISTL is widely respected for its English and citizenship preparation, workforce development and career path services, small business development and microlending, and cultural competency training. Annually, staff collaborate with more than 250 area institutions, including higher education, government, and business.
Crosslin is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. Since 2000, she has routinely been identified as one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s “Most Influential St. Louisans” including awards for Diversity and Women’s Leadership. She is a gubernatorial appointee to the MO Commission on Human Rights. Crosslin is frequently quoted by the media and has been featured in stories in publications around the world.
In June 2015, she was recognized as a White House Champion of Change for World Refugee Day. Crosslin has been awarded two honorary doctorates – one from Webster University and another from Washington University, her alma mater. She is transitioning from her leadership role at IISTL in Spring 2021 after 42 years.
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