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President's Address

Dear SIETAR members, friends, and colleagues,

It's August already?! Say it isn't so! The academic school year will be starting here in the United States in just a few weeks and no doubt you, or someone you know, are spending as much time as possible enjoying the warmth and freedom of the season before the busyness of the fall begins.

Professional development (PD) for our members and broader intercultural/diversity and inclusion community is always on our minds. Providing different forms of PD for you--multiday, one day, virtual, etc. is important to us as we know not everyone has the time or means to take part in our annual conference. SIETAR USA and local group SIETAR Minnesota is proud to announce our first Saturday Seminar, a one day professional development workshop which will take place on Saturday, November 17th. The theme is Walking the Talk: Achieving Civility and Respect in Times of Polarization. Recently we also offered the webinar "Konnichi wa to Karaoke". More webinars are being planned for fall. Any one can participate in these events so please do consider taking part. More information on both is available below. 

We are also proud to share other opportunities and accomplishments with you. In this newsletter you can read about SIETAR USA member David Sanford's new book, about fellowships for students, and about other events coming up for our sister SIETAR groups around the world. If you take part in any of these opportunities, please let us know at!

Last but not least, SIETAR USA continues to be troubled by actions taken at the national level and elsewhere that do not honor and/or that actively undermine those representing or belonging to diverse types of cultural groups, such as immigrants. Recently we released a statement to express our organization's strong opposition to any efforts that work against cultural diversity in all its forms. We know you support such efforts and would love to hear from you about other ways you would like SIETAR USA to engage in these issues. As always, write us at

On behalf of the SIETAR USA Board of Directors, I wish you and your own friends, family, and colleagues a wonderful August and wrap-up of summer. 

Best regards,

Holly Emert, Ph.D.
SIETAR USA President

Holly Emert

SIETAR USA Saturday Seminar Series
November 17 - St. Paul, MN

Concordia UniversityWalking the Talk: Achieving Civility and Respect in Times of Polarization is the theme for the day when SIETAR USA and the SIETAR Minnesota group present an all-day seminar this Fall. Why should you attend the Saturday Seminar? This will be a deep dive into the topic of polarization. The morning will be spent exploring the concept of polarization—different theories and approaches to understanding its impact. The afternoon addresses what to do about it—intercultural factors that contribute to polarization, skills needed to combat it, strategies for bridging ideas and people.

The design for the day is dynamic: presentations, small-group discussions, facilitated large group discussions. The day begins with a continental breakfast, a keynote address followed by two plenaries, and the group comes back together for small-group review and discussion followed by a facilitated wrap-up of the morning. Lunch is included in the day. The afternoon kicks off with two more plenaries, more small-group discussion, and a facilitated large-group discussion ending with a synthesis and wrap of the day. Please join us for this day of learning and reflection!

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Location: Concordia University, St. Paul, MN
Time: 8:30AM to 5:00PM

Registration will be open soon. We are working to find ways to keep the fee for the day as reasonable as we can. The selected speakers have been contacted but not yet confirmed so watch for more details coming soon!

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SIETAR USA Issues Statement Regarding Separation of Immigrant Families at the U.S. Border

On June 19, 2018, the SIETAR USA Board of Directors issued a statement expressing deep concern and strong opposition to the U.S. Administration's policy of separating immigrant parents and children who are detained while crossing the border into the United States. Click here to read the entire statement.

Graduate Student Fellowship Established

The Department of Psychology of the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana announces the establishment of the Harry and Pola Triandis Fellowship in Cross-Cultural Psychology. The fellowship will be awarded for the first time in 2019. Graduate students accepted by the social psychology program of the department may receive this fellowship. Those who wish to support this fellowship can contact the University of Illinois Foundation at 1305 W. Green St., Urbana, IL 61801.
News from SIETAR USA Local Groups

SIETAR Minnesota will kick off their 2018-19 academic year series on Tuesday evening, September 18 at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in Minneapolis. Click here to learn more.

For more information on starting or joining a local group, please contact

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Getting From Konnichi wa to Karaoke Webinar Now Available On-Demand 

Did you miss SIETAR USA's July 18 webinar on Japanese culture? Do you want to replay it again? The webinar is now available online, or click on the thumbnail below. Click here to view the webinar slides. Thank you to webinar panelists Wayne Henry, Sue Shinomiya and Yuko Deneuville, and to SIETAR Florida.

SIETAR USA looks forward to presenting additional webinars in Fall 2018. Please stay tuned.

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Member Publication: Spilling the Beans: A Guide for Indians to Understand and Communicate Successfully with US. Americans 
Spilling the BeansConfused or misunderstood by the U.S. Americans you have found yourself interacting with? Wondered how to communicate successfully with them? Through stories, shared experiences and insights David C Sanford, a SIETAR USA member, identifies the values of both cultures (Indian and U.S. American) and explains how to understand and dance with our differences. Offering key tips for how to be successful, this book is a must-read for anyone who interacts with US Americans. If you are a university student, business consultant, H-1B or H-4 Visa holder, employee of an American company stationed in India or the USA, an Indian tour guide, a virtual IT consultant, or in the hospitality business, this book will be of great interest to you.

This book is available at Amazon and other retailers. As a new author, David is eager for reviews on Amazon.
Thought You Should Know

August 8-11 - SIETAR Japan World Congress
August 2 - Eid al-Adha
August 25 - Raksha Bandhan
September 2 - Janmashtami
September 3 - Labor Day
September 10 - Rosh Hashana
September 12 - Ganesh Chaturthi
September 12 - Muharram
September 13-14 - SIETAR BRASIL Conference 2018 Keynote speaker is SIETAR USA's Janet Bennett
September 18 - SIETAR Minnesota 2018-19 Kickoff Meeting
September 19 - Yom Kippur
October 12-13 - SIETAR Polska Congress
November 17 - SIETAR USA Saturday Seminar Series
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