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News from SIETAR USA Local Groups

10 Apr 2021 7:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

We are pleased to welcome our newest SIETAR Local Group. SIETAR Atlanta has officially joined our SIETAR family and will be hosting their first event “Ode to Intercultural Poetry” in honor of National Poetry Month with a virtual celebration of Atlanta, Social Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion on April 24, 5pm-6:30pm EST. If any SIETAR members are interested in showcasing their performance and poetry skills during this event or joining SIETAR Atlanta, please contact SietarAtl@gmail.com to submit your proposal.

The SIETAR - SF Bay Area group has been inactive for a long time, and coordinator, Susan Svensson, welcomes anyone who might be willing to work with her and revive it again! Although this group used to hold meetings at the International House (I-House) at U.C. Berkeley, they anticipate holding virtual-only meetings via Zoom. Like meetings in the past, meetings would be centered around discussion topics and/or include presenters. If you are in the SF Bay Area, or beyond, and want to help revive the SIETAR Bay Area group, please contact Susan at sietarsfbayarea@gmail.com or connect with her via LinkedIn.

SIETAR DC is thrilled to welcome Anne-Claire Frank Seisay to the leadership team. They started the 2021 by co-hosting a presentation on “Advancing Education in Muslim Societies: Mapping Developmental Values and Competencies among Students and Teachers in Fourteen Muslim Communities” with American University’s School of Education and The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) in February and look forward to hosting Julia Gaspar-Bates April 22 who will do an interactive presentation on “The Use of Film in Intercultural Training”. For details or to become a member, contact sietardc@gmail.com.

SIETAR-MN is starting 2021 off with lots of hopeful energy! In January, Professor Emeritus Kris Bransford, along with her colleague Basma Ibrahim DeVries, facilitated a session on Exploring Positive Psychology from Cultural Perspectives: Exercises and Applications to Promote Interculturalists' Deeper Understanding. In February, the group hosted Rashmi Kapse from the SIETAR-USA Board who spoke about Coaching for Intercultural Development. In March, SIETAR-MN encouraged members to register for the SIETAR-USA Webinar, 'Virtual Sparks! Interactive Intercultural Activities and Strategies for Online Teaching and Training,' featuring Basma Ibrahim DeVries, in addition to its Quarterly Book Club on Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler. SIETAR-MN is excited to explore the topic, What Makes for a Successful DEI Program as we participate in the Launch of the updated Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Benchmarks with Joel A. Brown from the Centre for Global Inclusion. Consider joining them on April 20 at 6:30pm CST on Zoom. The momentum continues on May 18 at 6:30pm CST when they welcome their favorite grandfather of the intercultural field, Jack Condon, for a Zoom Fireside Chat: Moments, Memories, and Momentum. Check out the SIETAR-Minnesota Facebook page for details or email them at sietar.mn@gmail.com

In 2021 SIETAR Tri-State (NY, NJ, CT) organized three events on diversity, equity and inclusion: two webinars, by Nitin Deckha and Cecilia Lui, and a workshop by Rosemary Okoiti. The group welcomes new members regardless of where they are located. Find them on Facebook and LinkedIn or email sietartristate@gmail.com.

SIETAR Florida welcome Neal Goodman, President of Global Dynamics, Inc. in January with a presentation on “Maintaining an Intercultural Business.” In honor of Black History Month in February, they hosted a panel discussion moderated by Yuko Deneuville, featuring Patricia Malidor-Coleman, Christopher Robinson, and Rachael Lynn Assignon. For details or to become a member contact sietarflorida@gmail.com.


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