Welcome to the SIETAR USA Local Groups

Are you interested in organizing a local group in your community?

Starting a SIETAR USA Local Group provides a forum to bring together an ever-growing network of leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, consultants, educators, trainers, students, and professionals committed to intercultural education, training, and research. These are the current local groups in the United States:

What are SIETAR USA Local Groups?

Local SIETAR USA groups are cultivated by a core group of organizers who connect people with a deep interest and commitment to intercultural education, training, and research. Comprised of a network of interculturalists, local group members meet for professional development opportunities, social events, presentations, trainings, and discussions fostering personal and professional growth and meaningful connections. Local groups provide additional benefits and learning opportunities outside of national level SIETAR USA offerings.

What Do Local Groups Do?

Each Local Group sets its own goals, topics, and schedule. Though local groups can vary in organizational style, most meet monthly and break for the summer. Some are structured less formally, and use steering committees and planning boards, while others elect their officials; all benefit from group collaboration. Typical meetings might include:

  • Experiential activities and exercises
  • Culture specific spotlights
  • Speakers and authors
  • Intercultural research
  • Training and assessment tools
  • Community service
  • Social outings
  • Networking opportunities

How to Organize And Maintain a Local Group

  1. Contact the Director of Local Groups at localgroups@sietarusa.org to see if a local group already exists in your area.
  2. Organize a strong core of committed members. Reach out to others interested in intercultural relations. Invite people to take a leadership or steering role.
  3. Connect with colleagues, professional acquaintances, and local universities who can contribute to and benefit from an association with a SIETAR local group.
  4. Invite everyone to participate in the success of the local group by suggesting ideas, planning meetings and organizing future events.
  5. Survey your members regularly to explore interests and needs and to get referrals for speakers and new members.
  6. Grow your local group by building a welcoming community, offering professional development opportunities, and by supporting the intercultural practitioners in our field.

Frequently Asked Questions

1) Do local groups charge dues?

Some have membership fees, others charge a fee per event. Each group determines their own system.

2) Are local groups like chapters of the national organization?

No, they are more like affiliates to SIETAR-USA. Each party signs an agreement that acknowledges the local group as an independent organization, and neither has responsibility for the administration or financial affairs of the other. Membership in one organization does not imply membership in the other, although there are benefits of Local Group membership, such as receiving discounts for membership to the national organization.

3) Is it necessary to create a 501c3 status?

No. However groups that do are able to benefit from rental discounts, limits on liability, and can apply for grants.

4) Can SIETAR-USA mentor us or give us ideas for planning our events?

Yes! There is a director on the national board who is dedicated to local group support and development. For more information, contact the SIETAR USA Local Groups Director at localgroups@sietarusa.org.

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