2021 SIETAR USA Webinar Series

***All 2021 webinars will take place 11:00 am-12:30 pm (Eastern US time) unless otherwise noted.***

March 17, 2021 11:00 am-12:30 pm (Eastern US time)

Virtual Sparks! Interactive Intercultural Activities and Strategies for Online Teaching and Training
Presenter: Basma Ibrahim DeVries, Professor of Communication Studies, Concordia University

This past year has motivated many interculturalists and DEI professionals to “up” their virtual game, with much time and energy devoted to learning and practicing new tools and strategies for engaging online amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. While many in the field have been facilitating uncertainty management and adaptation skill development for years, the current pandemic presents new challenges and opportunities. The ‘forced relocation’ of much of our face-to-face work to online platforms prompts us to...read more


FEBRUARY

Evolution of Change: From Revolutionary to DEI Interculturalist

Presenter: Elmer Dixon, Community Activist and President, Executive Diversity Services

Longtime community activist Elmer Dixon traces his activist beginning to Stokely Carmichael, a leader in the Black Power movement: “Stokely’s message of racial pride and unity made us realize that Black is beautiful.” The goals of the Black Power movement went beyond civil rights to human rights—by any means available. From Black Panthers to Black Lives Matter, Dixon says knowing who you are and choosing your own labels is of utmost importance.  

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JANUARY

Creating Inclusive Multicultural Teams Remotely

Presenter: Gigi de Groot, Leadership Specialist (FAB), and Virtual Classroom Facilitator

Our working life changed dramatically with the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead of the occasional Skype meeting or possibly weekly update via Teams, we now spend several hours daily on a variety of online platforms—collaborating on projects, planning strategy, checking in and getting updates, etc.  Whether you are managing a team or work as an independent consultant, the need for effective and inclusive virtual working environments is clear.

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2020 SIETAR USA Webinar Series

All recordings of webinars from the 2020 series shown below are available to SIETAR USA members at no charge; non-members may purchase a recording by following the link at the end of each webinar description. Note: No webinars were held in August or October 2020.

DECEMBER

The Power of Art to Promote Intercultural Understanding

Presenter: Fanchon Silberstein, Writer, Teacher, and Trainer

Art is powerful—it offers the potential to delight, inspire, and educate and also to confuse and even repulse. It can open us up orclose us down. In other words, art is a perfect platform for cultural exploration and for developing self-awareness and skill-building in intercultural communication. In her recently published book, Art inSight: Understanding Art and Why It Matters, Fanchon Silberstein explains where art's power comes from and how interculturalists can use it creatively to build observation skills that are critical for success in multicultural environments.  To purchase a recording of this webinar, click here.

NOVEMBER

Using Cultural Assets to Shift Paradigms: A Case Study in Ensley
Presenter: Bettina Byrd-Giles, Interculturalist, Health Equity Expert, and Community Change Agent

Bettina Byrd-Giles brings us her real-world application of interculturalism and DEI concepts and principles to an innovative project she initiated to transform the culture of Ensley, a local community in the Birmingham (Alabama) area.  As CEO of the local health care center and co-founder of “Ensley Alive”, Bettina partnered with artists and businesspeople to re-brand and rejuvenate the community using intercultural techniques and storytelling, especially highlighting the local jazz heritage. Additionally, as a fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation “Culture of Health Leaders” program, she launched “Branding Ensley” to further bring about paradigm shifts.

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SEPTEMBER

Critical Lessons on Developing Global Leaders

Presenter: Dr. Joyce Osland, Co-Founder of GLLab & Senior Partner, The Kozai Group

This session focuses on research findings and practical lessons learned from the Global Leadership Lab (GLLab), which was established in 2008 to identify and test best practices in global leadership development--“crucible” experiences that produce transformational development. The GLLab, which has trained over 1300 participants, combines an assessment center approach with experiential learning designed to accelerate the development of global leadership expertise. Attendees will learn how to design effective training programs and avoid pitfalls. 

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SEPTEMBER


Critical Lessons on Developing Global Leaders

Presenter: Dr. Joyce Osland, Co-Founder of GLLab & Senior Partner, The Kozai Group

This session focuses on research findings and practical lessons learned from the Global Leadership Lab (GLLab), which was established in 2008 to identify and test best practices in global leadership development--“crucible” experiences that produce transformational development. The GLLab, which has trained over 1300 participants, combines an assessment center approach with experiential learning designed to accelerate the development of global leadership expertise. Attendees will learn how to design effective training programs and avoid pitfalls. 

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JULY

InterSEXtions: Working at the Intersection of Culture, Relationships, and Sexuality

Presenter: Dr. Justin Sitron, Associate Dean in the College of Health and Human Services, Widener University

Interculturalists work at the intersection of relationships and societies.  We help folks to prepare to work with others who are different and similar, navigate challenges they have with one another, and to teach people how to leverage generalizations, avoid stereotypes, and manage our biases.  Sexuality around the globe is one of the most taboo aspects of culture, and one of the most important aspects of people’s lives.  Dr. Sitron will explore these intersections, recommend strategies, and discuss some of the nuances of language that can be challenging when we are trying to affirm people’s lived experiences.

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JUNE

Tight versus Loose: A Key to Unlocking Our Cultural Divides

Presenter: Michele Gelfand, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of Maryland

Over the past century, we have explored the solar system, split the atom, and wired the earth, but somehow, despite all of our technical prowess, we have struggled to understand something far more important: our own cultural differences. Observing the wide variety of cultural permutations, people assumed for centuries that there were as many explanations for these permutations and rifts as there were examples of them.

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MAY

Becoming American: How Prominent Immigrant Women Cracked the US-American Culture Code 

Presenter: Dr. Fiona Citkin, award-winning author of “How They Made It in America” and “Transformational Diversity”

It took 4 years to research and write her new book about the immigrant women becoming American success stories—and in 60 minutes she will clarify how to use this book to the best advantage, for yourself and your students/clients. This webinar is about cultural awareness, women’s courage, inspiration, and application.   

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APRIL

Change Management with Insight from Brain Science

Presenter: Dr. Mai Nguyen-Phuong-MaiAssociate Professor at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

In the modern era of international business, the ability of individuals and corporations to adjust and change is critical. But we can’t turn away from the fact that change has a low rate of success. Only 25% of corporate change initiatives are successful over the long term. Old habits die hard. 

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MARCH

Understanding Misunderstandings in the Era of Globalization

Presenter: Joe Lurie, Executive Director Emeritus, UC-Berkley International House

In this webinar, presenter Joe Lurie uses the implications of the West African proverb, "The Stranger Sees Only What He Knows,” to examine the impact of new media and polarization on our efforts to recognize and respond to misunderstandings. The nature and sources of bias, misunderstanding and cultural disconnects in our hyper-connecting, often polarized world.

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FEBRUARY

Intercultural Frameworks for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Work

Presenter: Dr. Amer F. Ahmed, Founder/CEO, AFA Diversity Consulting, LLC


In this webinar, Dr. Ahmed talks about this dichotomy between the intercultural approaches used in international and global efforts and the DE & I approach used in U.S. contexts, the fact that many opportunities are missed due to the lack of synthesis of the two approaches. and how it often prevents us from understanding the relationship between local and global factors that impact our ability to engage constituencies holistically. This webinar was held February 4, 2020.

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JANUARY

Style Switching for Success with Multicultural Groups

Presenter: Julia Gaspar-Bates, President, Intercultural Alliances, LLC

This interactive webinar features anecdotal stories as well as practical tips and skills learned from over three decades of working and training across cultures to remind intercultural practitioners of the need to walk the talk in their work to overcome a “one size fits all” approach to training and teaching widely diverse audiences. This webinar was held January 14, 2020.


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