A Message from SIETAR USA Regarding the Events of January 6, 2021

Friends and Colleagues of SIETAR in the USA and around the World:

Terrorism is defined in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives” (28 C.F.R. Section 0.85).

Drawing on this clear and concise definition, we call the mob action against the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 exactly what it was: domestic terrorism against U.S. government officials performing their duties in the center of U.S. government. The fact that it was instigated and encouraged by elected public servants at the highest levels within the government is a serious and profound source of concern, especially in light of those who actively took part.

On behalf of SIETAR USA, its Officers, Board of Directors, and Advisory Council, we condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the violent, criminal, and seditious acts perpetrated by these anti-democratic, anti-republican, xenophobic, racist, and un-American individuals and groups.

The FBI is seeking to identify individuals who took part in this insurrection in Washington D.C. They are accepting tips and digital media depicting rioting and violence in and around the U.S. Capitol on January 6. If you have any information, you are strongly encouraged to visit fbi.gov/USCapitol.

To our continued efforts to combat hatred and facilitate communication and respect—our work is more important now than ever. Together, we will grow stronger. Join us.

Brett D. Parry, President

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

Dear Members & Colleagues:

The Nominations Committee is pleased to announce that the SIETAR USA Leadership election process has been completed for 2020! We welcome the individuals listed below to renewed and new terms on the Board of Directors for the period January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2023:

Communications Director: Rashmi Kapse, Ph.D.
Board Leadership Development Director: Michele Hanna, Ph.D., MSW

Please join us in congratulating these individuals and thanking them for their service to SIETAR USA!

2020 Virtual Conference - News and Happenings

NEW: SIETAR USA and Aperian Global Partnership

We are pleased to announce a partnership between SIETAR USA and Aperian Global where all online learning available on Aperian Global's GlobeSmart website is now available to SIETAR USA Members at a 20% discount! 

To learn more, check the Membership Discounts page under 'Get Involved' here on the SIETAR USA website. 

The 2020 Margaret D. Pusch Founders Award

The Margaret D. Pusch Founders Award is conferred not for a single achievement, but for a lifetime of making a significant impact on the intercultural and diversity fields. SIETAR USA is proud to proclaim Andy Reynolds and Donna Stringer the recipients of the 2020 Margaret D. Pusch Founders Award!

Andy and Donna, thank you for your lifetime of contributions, and for making the world a better place.

To view the citation presented to Andy and Donna, click here: 2020 Award Citation


Recognizing that this could be a very long list, we would like to bring into the room, the name of George Floyd. In the strongest possible terms, SIETAR USA:

  • Believes Black Lives Matter
  • Condemns police violence
  • Supports peaceful protest
  • Values authentic and honest dialog
Racial injustice is embedded into U.S. culture and there is no single solution that will take care of everything that needs to be changed and improved. We need to begin by eliminating racism in our own SIETAR USA house. We need to listen to each other—in a learning mode—and be willing to explore ways we can make effective changes. READ MORE

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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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Please welcome the following individuals and/or organizations who have made a committment to SIETAR USA in the past month:

 Rose Begalla Myriam Despujoulets Frankel
 Holly Emert Alan Richter
 Donnie Stepp Dawn Stinchcomb
 Katsuko Sugiyama Susan Svensson
 Kefei Wang 
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SIETAR USA appreciates the support of its 2020 Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors!

Sandra M. Fowler

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