SIETAR-DC kicked off 2020 with a members’ social at the home of one of its members, which welcomed new and returning folks. The hostess, who has lived around the world, had an engaging ice-breaker activity where guests had to guess the origin country of different cultural artifacts. Even those who were well traveled or have lived overseas were stumped with a few! The local group is planning more events this spring. SIETAR DC is currently looking to increase membership and has a call out for new volunteers as well as for a communications intern. If interested, please send an email to SIETARDC@gmail.com.
SIETAR Florida had a virtual call with members on February 10th 2020 to discuss about different exciting projects for 2020. We are planning webinars and discussions on different themes such as Global Leadership, the future of our work due to automatization, the challenges of multicultural families and the accompanying spouse, cultural intelligence. Stay tuned for more information on our dates and facilitators!
SIETAR-MN is off to a great start for the 2019-20 year, beginning with an eye-opening panel of international leaders who spoke about the concept of interculturalism and the role of the interculturalist in their countries. Other meetings have included a session on icebreakers and energizer activities, a highlight by an interculturalist in the field of global mobility and HR contexts, and how to broach different perspectives within the family during the holidays in an era of polarization. Local group members also participated in its annual service experience in January by packing meals at the Feed My Starving Children organization. They also learned about the role of the interculturalist within the diversity, equity and inclusion space. The March meeting will feature a talk by an economist and immigrant entrepreneur who will present on immigrant contributions to the local economy.
The Tri-state SIETAR NY - NJ - CT had its first face-to-face meeting of 2020 on Jan. 23rd, in NYC. Over food from different cultures that each participant brought to the meeting, we had a conversation on the intersection of intercultural skills and inclusion. Sean Dubberke from RW3 was the speaker and talked about their newly released global inclusion course. The conversation was informal and in addition to networking, we discussed some ideas and expectations regarding the group’s next steps.