Saturday Seminars

"Education is the most power weapon which you can use to change the world." 
Nelson Mandela

For most people, time – or specifically, a lack thereof – seems to be the biggest hindrance to focusing on their continued education. Enter the SIETAR USA Saturday Seminar! SIETAR USA’s Professional Development team is committed to offering a series of ½-day programs for anyone in search new knowledge in the areas of intercultural communications and issues surrounding diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. With Saturday Seminars, you will:

  • Refine and enhance your existing knowledge and perceptions
  • Gain new insights into your own work
  • Meet &  network with other attendees whose interests align with & complement yours

If you’re looking for more in-depth learning than a webinar, and less time commitment (and cost) than attending a conference, a Saturday Seminar is for you!

'Intercultural vs. Inclusion:
One Looks Out, the Other Looks In!'

Saturday, September 9, 2023
12:oo pm-4:00 pm (Eastern)

In this Saturday Seminar, self-professed Social Justice Warrior Jay Cafferata (scroll down for speaker bio) will focus on how we unknowingly and unfortunately perpetuate racist ideology, colonialism, oppression, and discrimination in the words we use.  We'll be discussing the breakdown in communication between intercultural and inclusion dialogues. When we think about intercultural, we think international, global or worldwide – but when we think about inclusion, we think local, internal and the workplace. Why are we having these different conversations to the same discourse? What is the breakdown between these two seemingly different sets of vocabulary?

This interactive 4-hour session will include videos, polling, and breakout sessions. Participants are encouraged to join using a device that has a camera and a microphone as well as a secondary device like a phone or computer that allows for multiple windows to be open at the same time for the polling.

Participants will discuss and reflect on:

  1. The words we use to describe others
  2. Historical perspectives on these two lexicons
  3. Global vs Local
  4. The direction of impact: who is studying who?

At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will have:

  1. A greater recognition of how inclusion and intercultural fit together.
  2. The basic awareness of how we present ourselves in an environment or culture that is not necessarily our own.
  3. Strategies to be more aware of where we are as professionals.

    To register, just click the appropriate button below!
Student = $20
Member = $45
Non-Member = $65

Your Seminar Leader

Jay Cafferata, MS, CDE

Mr. Cafferata is a well-known speaker and advocate for issues involving Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging. He considers himself a Social Justice Warrior and has spent decades as an advocate for the Sexual and Gender Minority Community. He has over 20 years of experience working with families of children with special needs. He has a master’s degree in communication studies from University of Nevada-Reno. He holds an associate degree in Deaf Studies from Western Nevada College. Mr. Cafferata is also a Certified Diversity Executive. He can be reached at [email protected].