The SIETAR USA 2021 National Conference: Mind, Culture, Society
Join us for a can’t-miss conference addressing today’s hottest topics and interactive sessions with experts from across intercultural and diversity, equity, and inclusion fields.
Your Conference Connection
Very soon you will be able to reserve your space for our in-person conference in Omaha! You won’t want to miss this great opportunity to attend an amazing and diverse range of workshops, panel discussions, keynote addresses, training sessions, and more—and to meet and greet your colleagues and friends. Access to register will be on the conference website.
Speaking of more - in addition to the conference sessions there will be a number of social interaction opportunities to engage with other conference attendees. Here are a few examples.
Pre-Conference Master Workshops - there are seven Master Workshops being offered on the Friday preceding the conference. Details are available on the website now. These are skill building sessions designed to allow for a deeper dive (4-hours sessions) into the topic and to provide opportunities for interactive learning and development.
Morning Wellness Activities - there will be at least one option for a wellness session each morning. These may include yoga, meditation, or neighborhood walks. Our wellness committee is looking out for your best interests.
Luncheons - there will be lunch each day of the conference (Sat-Mon) and a Dine-Around on Saturday where you can gather with new friends and past acquaintances to continue rich conversations or start new ones.
Theater Performance - there will be a theater performance of "I Have Before Me A Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda" by World Stage Theatre Company on Saturday afternoon prior to the Dine-Around. More details will be available soon.
Open Mic Night - A group of interculturalists and DEI professionals are always full of stories to entertain and inspire. Look for updates and invitations to share your stories in upcoming newsletters.
Gala Dinner and Awards Banquet - This event is always a hit and features good food, recognitions, and awards for lifetime achievement as well as dancing til dawn (okay, well not dawn - the hotel staff does have to get some rest too).
Omaha Hilton Hotel Reservation: We also strongly urge you to reserve your hotel room early as our conference room rate is considerably lower than the standard rate and once the room block is gone we cannot guarantee that you will be able to get our low rate. For your convenience, we started the SIETAR USA block on Thursday 7 October so that you could arrive the night before if you choose to attend a morning Master Workshop on Friday 8 October.
Covid-19 Update: At this time CDC guidelines state that it is permissible for people who are exhibiting no signs of illness and are fully vaccinated (both doses plus two-week waiting period) to meet indoors without masks. For those who are not vaccinated we request that you wear a mask when around others indoors. Also, there may be people who feel more comfortable wearing a mask despite being vaccinated. We urge all to be respectful of everyone’s personal choice.
Do take note of the Covid-19 questionnaire on the registration page and the Conference website. We ask that you review the questionnaire prior to registration and again just prior to the conference and engage respectfully according to the current guidelines. Should you need to cancel due to Covid-19 restrictions you will be able to get a full refund (less a small processing fee). These guidelines will be updated periodically per CDC advice.
Karen Lokkesmoe, Conference Oversight Director
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