Join us for the SIETAR USA Conference in Tulsa OK

"Intercultural Stories of Disconnection: Insights into the Polarization of 

People and Places" 
November 9 - 12, 2016

Welcome from your Conference Co-Chairs, Nancy Tom and Kelli McLoud-Schingen!

We invite you to join us in Tulsa, OK on November 9-12 where we will explore the theme: Intercultural Stories of Disconnection: Insights into the Polarization of People and Places

Whether it’s Baltimore or Beirut, Paris or presidential elections, the people and places around the world are polarized – distanced by varying perspectives that fuel society’s tendency to “other” each other from afar – or even right next door.  Our differing cultural, racial, political, and religious identities and ideology prevent us from connecting with the oneness of our shared humanity. 

Nancy (left) and Kelli (right) enjoying the 2015 Conference in Orlando, FL

Now more than ever, Interculturalists and diversity practitioners are called on to offer insights and solutions.  With SIETAR USA being the premier professional intercultural organization, we have the opportunity and, indeed, the responsibility to be at the forefront of these conversations.  This conference provides the space to boldly engage in the difficult dialogues about what disconnects us, with the aim of bringing us closer to a shared understanding and empathy that such conversations and meaningful connections may bring. Together we will explore concepts, tools, best practices – and perhaps even solutions – to offer each other as colleagues, as well as our clients, organizations, and loved ones, to bridge the gaps and move the field forward.  

The 2016 Presidential Election comes to its conclusion the day before we commence. With Tulsa, OK as the backdrop of the conference we have a unique opportunity to discover not only the People and Places of Tulsa, but also to learn the history of the cultural intersections and disconnections of US Americans and how they converged in Middle America. This location will serve as a perfect “middle ground” to unite us, to share our stories and explore the polarization, pitfalls and promises that cross-cultural contact can bring.

Who Should Attend

The SIETAR USA conference brings together professionals from many countries, ethnicities and industries for collaborative learning and stimulating exchange of ideas. The result is an increase to our own intercultural competency, along with support for our clients, trainees, and students as we all move forward in intercultural skills, awareness and knowledge.

The conference is not only an event that allows people to learn about cutting-edge topics, but also a meeting place of people who care about how culture plays a role in daily life, and the importance of finding avenues to effective relations across cultures.

Whether you are a long-time SIETAR USA member, or if this is your first experience with the organization, please plan to join us in Tulsa, Oklahoma this November! 

Conference attendees come from:

  • Global Business and Multinational Corporations
  • Education
  • Health Services
  • Training and Coaching
  • Research
  • Simulations and Games
  • Refugee and Immigrant Services
  • Domestic Diversity
  • Global Diversity
  • Cultural Transitions
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • Communication and Dialogue Professionals
  • Community Development  

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