Over the past few months, a whole team of dedicated people have been working feverishly in the background on planning this year’s SIETAR USA National conference. Many times in the past we’ve all felt the eager anticipation of seeing our dear esteemed colleagues and friends face to face. This time of course, those feelings have even more meaning.
I attended my first SIETAR USA conference in 2014, so compared to so many others I am kind of a newbie. I have not missed one since. I added to this the experience of traveling twice to the SIETAR Europa Congress events that took place in Dublin, Ireland and Leuven, Belgium. I have enjoyed so many wonderful conversations and learning moments, without which I would not have the joy of doing the intercultural work I do today.
This year’s conference in Omaha Nebraska will feature the same rich variety of workshops, presentations, and other events we’ve all come to expect, along with a few delightful surprises as always. If you have not had the chance to experience attending a SIETAR conference in the past, please consider doing so this year. The community of Intercultural and DEI professionals would be honored to welcome you and learn from the inclusion of your perspectives.
We are seeing the world open up gradually to a new future. While that comes with much positive anticipation, it is also tinged with the realization that deep inequities still exist in our societies. Our work has never been more important, our own learning never more needed. Much of that learning can be found when we come together as an inclusive, brave, and intentional community of passionate souls. Any gaps in representation can be as damaging as a weak link in a chain.
President, SIETAR USA