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Your Conference Connections - April 2021

10 Apr 2021 8:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


It takes many hands and hearts to make a conference a success. Please consider being a sponsor for the 2021 SIETAR USA Conference - Mind, Culture, Society. Our society is deeply polarized and the need for our work to bridge ideologies, cultures, races, and politics is desperately needed. The SIETAR USA conference is a time when those of us who seek to bring people together, to foster the understanding and collaboration that makes our society function and thrive, and to learn and share best practices can gather to learn and support each other. But we need your support to make that happen. Please consider becoming a sponsor for this year’s conference. In return, your company will be recognized as a leader in the field to promote global inclusion. Full details on sponsor levels and benefits can be found at https://www.sietarusa.org/sponsors-exhibitors. There is room for big and small companies—and sponsorship packages include your registration fee!

You can also become an advertiser in the conference program, or an exhibitor at the conference. It’s a great way to demonstrate your company's expertise and reach top level educators, trainers, and consultants in the intercultural and DEI arenas who may benefit from your products or services.

Please consider supporting SIETAR USA as we continue to build the field and strengthen our members’ capacity to make a difference in our worlds.


Being a proposal reviewer for the conference doesn’t just help us out, it’s a good benefit for you as well. You get to help shape the conference and It’s a great opportunity to get a sneak peek at some of the fabulous workshops, panels, NEDTalks, and discussions that will be taking place at the conference in October. It’s always inspiring to me to see what others are doing and to start thinking about which sessions I want to be sure to attend. It’s like having your pulse on the current trends and lifeblood of the field. Send a note to conferenceproposals@sietarusa.org today to let the program chairs know you are interested and they will help you get signed up to review as many proposals as you wish. There is a review rubric to help you evaluate each proposal in an objective way. You can focus on a specific track, or general IC and DEI proposals--it’s up to you. It really is YOUR conference. Help make it the best it can be.


Proposals are streaming in, don’t miss the opportunity to contribute to this year’s exciting conference focusing on Mind, Culture, Society. How do you see these three key arenas shaping and being shaped by Intercultural and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion work? What new frameworks, research, tools, and strategies have you developed or discovered? Submit your proposal today to meet the April 30th deadline for priority consideration. Remember - You are the conference. Your voice and experience are important. We want to hear you.


Conference registration is due to open in May. At this time, our goal is to maintain our registration fees at levels very close to those from 2019 with minimal or no increases. Stay tuned, you'll be the first to know. As always, we strive to make the conference as affordable as possible for as many as possible.


Well, that saying sure has a new meaning in our current world.

We at SIETAR USA want you to know that we are doing everything in our power to make sure that we can safely gather in numbers in October in Omaha. We are monitoring the CDC guidelines diligently, staying in communication with the hotel and their planning and protocols, and listening to advice from the experts. We are absolutely committed to the safety and wellbeing of all or members and conference attendees. Here’s what we can tell you at this stage.

Vaccine rollouts appear to be happening ahead of schedule and the target is that all adults in the US can get vaccinated by the end of May or early June. The CDC and Biden administration are staying current on the effectiveness of the vaccines on both Covid-19 and the mutations. This means that currently we have every reason to believe that by October it will be safe to gather for public conferences. We will continue to monitor any restrictions that may occur for numbers allowed for such gatherings and keep you all updated.

The Hilton Hotel has worked hard to create safe environments for large and small group gatherings, food service, as well as public area and room sanitation. They have implemented new policies for food service, room preparation, and seating arrangements in all meeting rooms and public areas. Their livelihood depends on the safety and wellbeing of their guests, and it is forefront in their planning.

Travel arrangements. Current statistics and guidelines indicate that travel within the USA is beginning to open up. Airlines, airports, and all travel facilities are also watching carefully and shaping their policies accordingly.

We are, of course, eager to have as many people as possible attend the 2021 Conference in Omaha. We are all longing to connect with friends and colleagues after such a long time. However, we also assure you that we are following all guidelines and will continue to monitor and adjust as necessary to make our gathering as safe as possible for all who attend, serve, and support us.

Karen Lokkesmoe
SIETAR USA Board of Directors
Conference Oversight

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