SIETAR USA 2020 CONFERENCE is going virtual 

Conference Theme
Moving Ahead: Learning from the Global Crisis

As interculturalists and inclusiveness practitioners, we are called to action in this moment of disruption, ambiguity, and transformation. Helping others navigate the unknown is what we do, it is what we are built for. In 2020, we will be bringing our growing SIETAR community together in our first-ever virtual gathering.

A crisis can galvanize creativity and commitment. It is up to us as intercultural and inclusion practitioners to explore and apply our knowledge and skills that can make a difference in places of work, service, and learning, in social and interpersonal spaces, on a global scale and in our local communities. Facing the hard truths that our work is far from being done; what emergent strategies will help us move forward? How can our understanding of intercultural and diversity dynamics help shape the new reality of the world of work, education, the public sector, and every sphere of the societies in which we live? 

The crisis has put a spotlight on the inequities, racism, and ethnocentrism already prevalent here in the United States and around the world.  How have the nations and cultures of the world responded to the pandemic, reflecting their cultural norms, and has culture made a difference in the outcomes? What response from DEI and Intercultural practitioners can influence the future? How has the pandemic altered our own reality, perspectives, and focus?

As a community, let’s join our creative forces in learning and growing together while staying apart!  

Start preparing your proposal today! You can view the CFP and Submissions Guidelines by clicking the buttons below, then submit your proposal using the online system. 


Information for you to consider as you think about and submit your proposal:

  1. Decide if you wish to make your presentation live, pre-recorded or a combination of both. Please describe your level of experience and comfort presenting in a virtual platform.
  2. It’s very easy to be distracted while attending virtual sessions.  Therefore, it is more important than ever that your proposal include time for interaction with the audience. This can be via chats, breakout rooms, polls, Q&A, silent reflection time, etc. 
  3. Read each of the formats below. For most of them, you have the option of choosing a 45 minute or 60 minute session.
  4. Collaboration, especially with colleagues from across the country or world, is highly encouraged.
  5. We are currently exploring the platform for the v-Conference, but whatever platform we choose, there will be the ability to break into smaller discussion groups in the presentation sessions. (More information on the platform and tutorials is forthcoming.)
  6. SIETAR-USA will provide a short training video with basic tips and ideas for presentations at a virtual conference. 
  7. Please let us know if you will need assistance during the October presentation itself.
  8. There will be no tracks for this v-Conference. Your proposal may address any issue of importance to our field as we face and learn from this global crisis.  


Proposals are accepted for concurrent sessions in the following formats:

  1. Workshop: A workshop typically features a combination of presentation and interaction with a well-defined structure, handouts, and visual aids. Within this format a simulation or set of exercises may be conducted to teach participants how these methods can be used in training and education. The length of the workshop can be 45 or 60 minutes depending on the nature of the learning experience. Please note: SIETAR USA conference workshop participants expect both a deep level of learning and a high degree of experiential engagement.

  2. Panel DiscussionA panel brings together the perspectives of three or more presenters in a discussion of best practices and applications of concepts and theories. These sessions are intended to engage audience members by thinking about the multiple perspectives presented and the impact on current and future intercultural professional practice. The length of the panel can be 45 or 60 minutes depending on a topic and number of presenters. 
  3. Presentation: A presentation is usually by one or two presenters who are reporting on a project, new development in their work, a new conceptualization of existing theory or practice, a revision of a method or something that is of general interest to most conference participants. Presentations are limited to 45 minutes. Please note: this is an open category for the kind of reporting and discussion that has long been the backbone of SIETAR USA conferences.
  4. Reflective Forum: A forum is a facilitated discussion with participants on a topic of importance. We encourage experienced facilitators to submit their proposals of a topic describing the reflection model or format with which they would lead the process. The length of the forum can be 45 or 60 minutes depending on the topic and format. Please note: This forum is meant to be a time in which participants can contribute to processing a controversial issue or urgent topic for the intercultural or diversity, equity and inclusion fields.
  5. ResearchThis format consists of lecture and discussion of the results of a research project or academic study. Researchers are encouraged to share copies of their paper with the audience. The length of the research presentation is 30 minutes. Please note: SIETAR audiences appreciate a question and answer (Q&A) time.
  6. NED Talks: TED-style talks should be on a topic of importance to you, the field, be relevant to the overall conference theme.  All NED Talks will be presented as pre-recorded sessions that can be up to 15 min in length.  Your NED Talk should be concise, well-presented, and engaging for the audience. Each Talk will be strictly limited to ten (10) minutes. If you have a video of your talk or a similar talk you have presented, please feel free to attach the link to the video file as part of your submission (not required). Actual NED Talks will need to be submitted by August 30, 2020.*NED Talks, similar to TED Talks, are named in honor of one of the founding fathers of the intercultural; field, Edward T. Hall, commonly called Ned by his friends and family.
  7. Artistic ExpressionNon-traditional presentations that place a primary emphasis on performance and may rely on music, visual arts, theater, film, or physical movement to deliver the intended messages. The performance aims to increase participants’ knowledge of a dimension of the intercultural experience. The length of the presentation can be 45 or 60 minutes. A virtual environment can be particularly effective for artistic expression. Please let us know in your proposal if you have technical or particular platform needs.


The Priority Deadline for submitting proposals is June 6, 2020. Final submissions of any pre-recorded sessions will be required by August 30, 2020.

Notification of Acceptance

Presenters will be notified by July 6th.


We will be providing a short, basic video to assist you in creating an excellent product. Live presentations should plan to have a producer (facilitator) to assist with chat rooms, chat boxes, questions, etc. Please indicate whether or not you will have a producer or if you will need one supplied by SIETAR.

All proposals are peer reviewed and notifications will be made by July 6, 2020. lease note that you may be asked to submit a brief video of your proposed session before your acceptance is finalized.

Conference Registration

Once selected, presenters are asked to confirm their intention to present by July 15th and are expected to register for the conference by July 31st. Regretfully, as a non-profit organization, we do not have the budget to compensate for presentations or cover presenters’ registration fees. All presenters will be advised when registration is open.


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