President's Address

Dear SIETAR members, friends, and colleagues,

As I write to you from Washington, DC, the signs of spring are everywhere. New leaves (and cherry blossoms!) are emerging on the trees, there is more sunlight, and temperatures are slowly rising, all of which provide renewed energy and optimism. Spring is a time of rebirth in many ways and while our work of cultural bridge building, diversity and inclusion is being challenged in many ways in the United States and around the world at present, I invite all of us to use this time to engage with one another for in-depth discussion, support, and to honor and share with others the value and importance of the work we do every day.

Enhancing ways that SIETAR USA can meet your professional development needs was a key topic at the SIETAR USA Board of Directors winter retreat that took place March 16-19 in Washington, DC. Board members used this time together for revisiting and renewing our vision for the organization and for short- and long-term strategic planning.You will see the results of our efforts in the coming weeks and months as we roll out our plans for providing more professional development offerings for you, ensuring the fiscal health of the organization, and building upon our past success so that the important work of this organization is continuously strengthened and meets your needs.

Are you interested in sharing your ideas for the organization and in participating more actively in the intercultural field? As a 100% volunteer run organization, it takes a lot of dedicated individuals to put on our annual conference, provide other offerings, and also to run the organization. We are always seeking interested professionals, students and others to lend their passion, skills, and time to the organization. Please express your ideas and interest by writing to us at

Please enjoy this newsletter in which we feature our annual conference. It will take place October 18-21, 2017 in beautiful San Diego, California. Our theme is Building Bridges with Intercultural Competence: Changing World, Changing People, Changing Times. Read more about the conference below and start thinking now about your conference proposal!

Happy spring and warm regards,

Holly Emert, Ph.D.
SIETAR USA President

Holly Emert


  • 2017 SIETAR USA Conference
  • Call for Proposals
  • In Memory of Intercultural Pioneers
  • Calendar
  • Thought You Should Know

Our Changing World! Join us in San Diego for the SIETAR USA Annual Conference

Annual Conference

The 17th Annual Conference of SIETAR USA is designed to be a refreshing blend of familiar and new, traditional and innovative. The theme, Building Bridges with Intercultural Competence: Changing World, Changing People, Changing Times, was selected to provide a platform for exploring a wide range of issues relevant to the world today and our role as interculturalists. The theme challenges us to be realistic about the difficulties and idealistic about the opportunities of social, community, and individual change.

Crowne Plaza San DiegoBoth domestically and globally, is it possible to effect change? Can we do so responsibly? Where should we start? Our answers come from our students, our clients, our research, our personal lives, and our workplace. Our conference will explore pragmatic and purposeful approaches to transformation, in the belief that with humility, we can make a difference.

In addition to sessions of general interest, three tracks are planned for the conference:

  • Healing the Divides: Race, Ethnic and National Origin, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Immigrants and Refugees Face Challenges in our Changing Times
  • Cultural Identity: Fresh Perspectives on Multicultural and Global Identity
  • Assessing Intercultural Competence: Measuring Transformative Culture Learning.

We hope you will join us in the pleasure of intellectual dialogue and of once again being together in our intercultural community.

Janet Bennett and Sandy Fowler, Conference Co-Chairs

Janet Bennett         Sandy Fowler
     Janet Bennett                          Sandy Fowler


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In Memory of Intercultural Pioneers


The intercultural field lost two of its biggest champions this past February and March with the passing of Dr. Edward Stewart and Dr. Gary Weaver. Dr. Stewart was a founding member of the intercultural field in the 1970s. He is perhaps best known as the founder of the Culture Contrast Method as well as for the publication, American Cultural Patterns, co-authored by Dr. Milton Bennett. Dr. Gary Weaver taught in the School of International Studies at American University in Washington, DC for over 50 years, where he founded the Intercultural Management Institute, a training center. He is author of Intercultural Relations: Communication, Identity, and Conflict, a textbook, used by numerous students of intercultural relations. We will honor their contributions to the field at our annual conference this October in San Diego, California.

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April 9 - Palm Sunday
April 11-18 - Passover
April 14 - Good Friday
April 16 - Easter
Apri 24 - Yom HaShoah
April 24 - Isra and Mi'raj
April 27 - Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
May 2 - Yom Ha'atzmaut

May 5 - Cinco de Mayo
May 14 - Lag BaOmer
May 14 - Mother's Day
May 27 - Ramadan starts
May 29 - Memorial Day
May 31 - Shavuot

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Thought You Should Know...

April 20-23: Third Asia-Pacific International Global Citizenship Education Forum 
April 27-30: The White Privilege Conference
May 5-6: SIETAR Italia Congress
May 9-11: Qatar Institute for Intercultural Communication
May 25-27: SIETAR Europa Congress 
June 25-29: International Academy for Intercultural Research 2017 Conference
July 12-28: Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication
October 18-21: SIETAR USA 2017 Annual Conference

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