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News from Local Groups

14 Sep 2020 8:08 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

SIETAR Local Groups have remained active these past months, many of which have shifted to offering virtual webinars and discussions on a variety of topics related to the current environment. This virtual platform has allowed for much more interconnectivity, not only among other local group members, but also from global SIETAR members. Most webinars are free and open to all.

SIETAR Tri-State (NY-NJ-CT) has been very active offering monthly webinars such as “The Future of Intercultural Training”, delivered by Nicole Barile, which explored the trends shaping the next generation of intercultural training and where the field is headed. On September 22, Sophie Lechner and Deborah Smith Cook will discuss "Communicating on Multicultural Remote Teams: Is it really so hard?". For details or to join the mailing list please contact sietartristate@gmail.com.

SIETAR Minnesota has organized virtual events related to the multiple concurrent pandemics. In May, Dr. Deborah Pembleton facilitated a discussion on Robin DiAngelo's book, White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to talk About Racism. In August, the local group carried on its tradition of a potluck social event -- but instead of meeting at one of Minnesota's lovely lakes for a concert and group culinary experience, they met on Zoom and shared individual culinary experiences virtually. In September, members will explore the topic How do interculturalists play a role or respond during today's critical times?, facilitated by Cardina Esparza and Amy Rausch. SIETAR Minnesota is also excited about the September launch of a quarterly book club, beginning with A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, a book of locally-authored essays edited by Sun Yung Shin. For details, contact sietar.mn@gmail.com.

Despite the pandemic, SIETAR DC continues to meet regularly through online events. Using Zoom, they held a virtual gathering aimed at keeping members connected, a social justice panel on the impacts of Covid-19 locally and a discussion of the film "Just Mercy." For the fall, they will continue to offer free virtual events. They are grateful that even in these trying times, the community remains intact and our membership is growing. For details, contact sietardc@gmail.com.

SIETAR Florida starts off the new season with new leadership as Yuko Deneuville completes her tenure as President of the local group. A special welcome to Curtis Curry who will take over as President and Rachael Assignon who will be the Professional Development Ambassador. Floridian interculturalists have also benefitted from a variety of virtual webinars, such as “The Future of Work Amidst a World of Automation”, “Managing Remotely Starts with Mitigating BIas” and “Avoiding Derailment as a Global Leader” and “Working from Home is No Vacation.” The 2020/21 season will launch with topics such as “Starting an Intercultural Business” and “Greetings Around the World”. For details, contact sietarflorida@gmail.com.

Interested in starting a local group in your area? Please contact Julia Gaspar-Bates, Local Groups Director at localgroups@sietarusa.org.


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