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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
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 email@example.com.
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.
Holly Emert, Ph.D.
SIETAR USA President