Karen Lokkesmoe, Conference Oversight Director
As noted in the article from SUSA President Sandy Fowler, the SIETAR 2020 Conference will be a virtual conference and our planned conference Mind, Culture, Society will take place in Omaha in 2021. Although we will deeply miss seeing and personally interacting with all of you in October this year, we do look forward to welcoming you to join us in this exciting new opportunity. Here’s what we know about how that is taking shape as well as a few things we are still working out.
Date: The v-Conference will still take place during the first full week of October, 2020. The exact dates and length of the conference is still being determined.
Theme: As we all strive to adjust and accommodate a new and changing world in our current state of crisis we felt it important to address both the reality of the pandemic as well as highlight what we as intercultural and DEI professionals bring to the table. We have therefore selected the theme of this year’s conference to be: Moving Forward: Learning from the Global Crisis.
Session Formats: The formats for sessions will be similar to past conferences and will be detailed in the revised CFP, which should be open for accepting submissions by next week. The sessions will likely be a combination of pre-recorded and live virtual sessions. As we strive to accommodate the broadest range of colleagues throughout the US and the world, we are exploring the best possible options for doing that effectively.
Number of Sessions: There will most likely be fewer sessions offered in this new v-Conference format than we typically offer. Our commitment is to keep the quality, relevance, and access high.
Technology: The conference will be held using a virtual meeting format that allows for multiple ways of connecting, presenting, interacting. Guidance and tutorials for how to present virtually as well how to use the specific conferencing format will be made available as soon as possible.
Cost: We have not yet finalized the cost for the v-Conference, though we do know that it will be lower than the cost of our typical conferences as we wish to make this accessible to as many people as possible. We will advise you as soon as registration is open.
Networking and Connecting with Colleagues: We are still exploring ways to include networking options as we know this is a vital aspect of SIETAR USA and our conferences and is as important to us as it is to you. Suggestions for v-networking options can be sent to email@example.com.
Questions regarding the proposal process can be directed to program chairs Kwesi Ewoodzie and Wandi Steward at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We invite you all to reflect on what you are experiencing during this global pandemic and how you can share strategies and examples that we as interculturalists and DEI professionals can offer. How can we utilize this time of crisis to learn and to influence others to not only survive, but to make our world better.
Watch for the new CFP on the website and please submit your proposals as soon as possible.