GOALS  of 

  • To enhance awareness of intercultural issues in all interactions
  • To facilitate communication and respect between and among people of different cultures
  • To improve intercultural relations, both domestic and global
  • To encourage the highest standards of ethics and conduct among intercultural specialists according to the SIETAR-USA Living Code of Ethical Behavior (learn more)
  • To promote the exchange of information, knowledge, and expertise in the intercultural field


The results are in! SIETAR USA President Sandra Fowler and the Nominations Committee are pleased to welcome the individuals listed below to renewed and new terms as Officers and Portfolio Directors on the SIETAR USA Board for the period January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2022. Congratulations and thanks to these individuals for their service to SIETAR USA! 

Secretary (Officer): Justin Sitron, PhD (2nd term)

Treasurer (Officer): Hamilton Cruz (2nd term)

Conference Oversight (Portfolio Director): Karen Lokkesmore, PhD (New term)

Local Groups (Portfolio Director): Julia Gaspar-Bates (2nd term)

It is worth noting that SIETAR USA is still seeking candidates for the following roles:

  • President Elect (Officer)
  • Professional Development (Portfolio Director)
  • Sponsorship Partnership Development (Portfolio Director)

Please reach out if any of these roles are of interest to you or your colleagues! Contact


Join Us for the

2020 National Conference!

Omaha Hilton  •  Omaha, NE

October 7-11, 2020

"Mind, Culture and Society"

From artificial intelligence to cybersecurity to virtual reality, people are compelled to adapt to rapidly changing technologies, which presents challenges to the individual, communities, and society as a whole. Please join us in the 'Heartland of America' for the 2020 SIETAR USA National Conference, where we'll explore the impact of new technologies on the work of interculturalists throughout the world. Read more...




December 23, 2019

The intercultural world has lost one of its giants. Margaret (Peggy) Pusch passed away last night. Peggy contributed so much to the establishment of the intercultural field as co-founder and editor of the Intercultural Press and as President of NAFSA. She supported SIETAR International in many ways and was instrumental in creating SIETAR USA; she was our first President and subsequently the Executive Director. If SIETAR USA has a Mother/Grandmother, it was Peggy.

Her strength and wisdom led SIETAR USA to establish the Margaret D. Pusch Founders Award to honor her as her professionalism exemplified the gold standard for a lifetime of service to SIETAR and the community, individuals, and the intercultural field. We will miss her wise counsel, as well as her encyclopedic knowledge of the intercultural field, and those who are and have been in it.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and Board Advisors, SIETAR USA would like to offer our most sincere condolences to Peggy’s family—her husband Lew and their daughter and two sons, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.


Get involved: Volunteer to help at the 2020 conference!

SIETAR USA Conference Volunteers enjoy being part of the action as well as helping the conference run smoothly while assisting their colleagues and the conference organizers.

Interested in volunteering? Email to have your name added to the volunteer roster!

More details available soon!

Spotlight on Ethics

The SIETAR USA Ethics Committee and Chair are responsible for the coordination of educational activities designed to support the understanding of and participation in the LIVING CODE. As part of these efforts, the committee presents Critical Incidents to encourage discussion of ethical issues. To participate in these discussions, please visit the Ethics Critical Incidents posted on the Critical Incidents page.

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