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The Conference Connection: News Regarding the 2019 National Conference in Atlanta

14 May 2019 4:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it.
-Nelson Mandela

Thinking about coming to the conference? It is a good time to refresh. Presenting is a good way to feel part of the action but not essential. Many people like to come to learn and not feel any pressure. Consider which route you’d like to take to Atlanta—you have time.

CFP: We are keeping the call for proposals open for a little longer so, check out https://www.sietarusa.org/2019CFP. That puts you where you need to be to submit a proposal for the 2019 SIETAR USA Conference in Atlanta: From Adversity to Diversity, the Role of the Interculturalist. As a reminder: we have 3 tracks. These provide an opportunity for a deep dive into a topic and may be just what you need.


  1. The Role of the Interculturalist: Diversity: Inclusion, and Social Justice
  2. The Role of the Interculturalist: Working with Specific Cultures
  3. The Role of the Interculturalist: Building Skills and Taking them to the Market Place


Meet Conference Program Co-Chair:
Leah Spinosa de Vega

Leah has over 20 years of experience working in higher education in international education, academic advising, executive education, alumni relations and Spanish-language instruction. Leah has a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and Linguistics, and a Master’s in Hispanic Linguistics, both from the University of Minnesota. In addition to these degrees, she is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory and holds a diplomado in Client Centered Therapy from the Instituto de Gestalt in Cuernavaca, Mexico where she lived, worked and studied in the 1990s. She currently works at Augsburg University in the Center for Global Education and Experience where she serves as the Director of Global Initiatives, and sits on both the Assessment, and Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Committees. Leah, a new member to SIETAR USA, is excited to serve as Program Co-Chair of the 2019 SIETAR USA Conference Committee in order to contribute to the broader work interculturalists are playing to make our world a better place to live, work and learn.

Meet the other Conference Program Co-Chair:
Dr. Kwesi Ewoodzie

Dr. Kwesi Ewoodzie, the founder of Culture Beyond Borders (CBB), is aGhanaian-American with a PhD in Sociology, focusing on intercultural exchange. Using his cultural knowledge garnered through his studies, life experiences, and intercultural competency training, he promotes intercultural exchange and learning through CBB by conducting presentations and coordinating impactful travel experiences. SIETAR USA and its conferences perfectly embody his values of cross-cultural collaborations and exploration. He finds it very rewarding to be able to help welcome and host fellow interculturalists in his (new) home-city of Atlanta, as Co-Chair of the 2019 Program Committee.

Note from the Conference Chair:

Master Workshops have been set, Proposals have been rolling in and although the submission deadline has not yet passed, I am already excited about all the great offerings we will have for the 2019 National Conference.

The next few weeks will bring many more details about Atlanta, Pre and Post Tours, Master Workshops, Scholarships and Volunteer as well as advertising and exhibiting opportunities. Here’s a sneak peak. Stay tuned!

Karen J Lokkesmoe
SIETAR Conference Chair

ATLANTA: Did you know that Atlanta is home to the most diverse square mile in the United States. It is also home to fortune 500 companies, historic civil rights leaders, and is a major national and international airline hub. All this makes Atlanta the perfect place to host SIETAR, and it’s easy to get there too. Watch for details on our Pre/Post Atlanta Tours in the June Newsletter.

SIGN UP TO REVIEW PROPOSALS: Would you like a preview of the conference program? Why not sign up to review proposals—a small time commitment and a large reward. You get a first look at some of the proposals that have been submitted for the conference and provide a needed service to SIETAR USA. Sign up to be a reviewer! Go to. http://openconf.org/sietarusaconf2019/openconf.php

Under Review and Program Committees enter key code: SUSA_Reviewer

COMMITTEES: There are still a few committee positions open so if you would like to help organize the conference in big or small ways, want to meet and interact with SIETAR leadership, this is a great way to expand your skills and networks with other intercultural and diversity & inclusion professionals. Send a no obligation inquiry to conferencechair@sietarusa.org to learn more.

LOGISTICS: The Marriott Airport Gateway Hotel couldn’t be more convenient. A free ride on the Skytrain from the terminal gets you to the hotel in a matter of minutes. The hotel has good SIETAR USA “chemistry.” Consider: a nice lobby for mixing and mingling, all the meeting rooms in one place with adjoining space for registration and exhibitors, an attractive ballroom for keynotes, meals, and the Silent Auction. The hotel is in easy walking distance to the Air Museum if you are into planes. And if you are into discounts, SIETAR USA has arranged for a discount with Delta Airlines. Watch for the details coming soon.

PR: Spread the Word! Would you like a conference bookmark to use in a book? Put on a bulletin board? Give to a friend? Contact Karen Fouts (info@sietarusa.org) to request bookmarks with our famous hands banner. This is an easy and generous way to let your colleagues and SIETAR USA friends know that you support the conference and look forward to seeing them in Atlanta!

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