Webster Attends St. Louis Mosaic Project Workshop

| June 25, 2014

The St. Louis Mosaic Project, a regional effort to increase the number of immigrants in St. Louis, hosted the International Student Employment Workshop at Washington University on June 24.¬†Mosaic steering committee member Provost Julian Schuster invited Webster University staff to attend. Representing Webster at the workshop were Trezette Dixon, Tamara Gegg-LaPlume, Bethany Keller, Rebecca Nelson, Wenceslaus P’Oryem, Calvin Smith and Rebecca Spear.

Workshop sessions focused on employer and student insights on an international workforce, with the keynote address discussing the importance of an international workforce in the St. Louis area. Employees from Mastercard also discussed international student employment issues from an employer’s perspective.

“The St. Louis Mosaic Project provides opportunities for international students and employers alike to learn the value of diversity in the workplace,” said Smith, International Recruitment & Services director. “By collaborating on these issues, valuable insights can be gained with regard to the wealth of skills, education, and cultural knowledge our international students provide to local employers. The Office of International Recruitment and Services will be able to use such linkages to further enhance our international recruitment and retention efforts.”

The St. Louis Mosaic Project is a seven-year regional effort between government, universities and private enterprise to increase the number of immigrants living in St. Louis, in an effort to spur economic growth in the region. The St. Louis Mosaic Project was launched during the Immigration and Innovation conference held at the Danforth Plant Science Center in June 2013. It was sponsored by the St. Louis Immigration and Innovation Steering Committee and the World Trade Center St. Louis.

Last year, Webster University joined other institutions of higher education in the St. Louis area, including University of Missouri-St. Louis, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, Saint Louis University and Washington University, to explore ways to improve services for international students and how to connect those students to local employers.

For more information about the St. Louis Mosaic Project, or to read the studies behind the project, visit www.stlmosaicproject.org/.

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