As Interculturalists and inclusiveness practitioners, we are called to action in this time 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?
The SIETAR USA national conference provides the space to:
• Boldly engage in the difficult dialogues about what disconnects us
• Bringing us closer to a shared understanding and empathy that such conversations and meaningful
connections may bring, and
• Together explore concepts, tools, best practices – and perhaps even solutions;
• To bridge the gaps and move the field forward.