GOALS  of 

  • To enhance awareness of intercultural issues in all interactions
  • To facilitate communication and respect between and among people of different cultures
  • To improve intercultural relations, both domestic and global
  • To encourage the highest standards of ethics and conduct among intercultural specialists according to the SIETAR-USA Living Code of Ethical Behavior (learn more)
  • To promote the exchange of information, knowledge, and expertise in the intercultural field

Calling ALL SIETAR USA Friends and Colleagues!

An Invitation to Celebrations of Janet Bennett’s Life

Janet always told us that she wanted any remembrance of her to be a joyful gathering of colleagues and friends. In that spirit, we offer two opportunities to come together to celebrate her life, one in-person and one online via Zoom.

Sunday, June 26, 2022 We invite you to a Celebration of Janet’s Life at the Portland Yacht Club, 1241 NE Marine Drive, Portland, Oregon 97211. Please join us for a buffet of appetizers, pastries, and beverages beginning at 1:00 pm. Located on the Columbia River about a 15-minute drive from Portland International Airport, this lovely setting offers both indoor and outdoor areas for our use.

Please RSVP by May 20th to and let us know if you plan to attend and the number of guests, if you might be able to attend, or if you are not able to join us. Also, this is a good place to direct any questions.

Two hotels near the venue are offering reduced room rates and will provide transportation to and from the event. Details will be sent to those requesting it via the email above.

Saturday, August 6, 2022 We are planning a Zoom gathering to allow friends and colleagues of Janet’s from around the world to sign on at their convenience and share stories and memories of Janet. Specific details and a Zoom invitation link will be available soon. If you would like this link, RSVP to

Please feel free to share this invitation with others who knew Janet. We appreciate that her impact was wide and many will miss her wisdom and humor—which we will celebrate soon!

Sandra Garrison-Whitmore and Dorothy Sermol

News & Updates

Want to attend this year's conference in Omaha? Need some support? 

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Conference Scholarships are available - apply TODAY!

2022 SIETAR USA Webinar Series

July 13, 2022 @ 11:30 am (Eastern)

The Evolving Aspects of DEI and Open Conversations

Presenters: Dr. Nkenge Friday & Dr. Willette Neal

The landscape of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) continues to evolve, positioning practitioners to embrace modernized approaches and practices that align with the various needs of individuals and organizations. This session will introduce the diverse perspectives of DEI leaders in the fields of higher education, federal government, and non-profit organizations. The session will also provide opportunities to engage in conversation on career opportunities, skill requirements, employee resource groups, and wellness strategies.

Registration NOW OPEN!
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Originally established to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York City, Pride Month stands as an opportunity to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and build awareness to further justice and equality for all without prejudice. SIETAR USA joins in the recognition and celebration of LGBTQ+ individuals across the United States and around the globe and the impact they have had and will continue to have worldwide. We stand in support of the critical, ongoing need to draw awareness to promoting social justice and an equitable society for all. While much progress has been made, much remains to be done. 

SIETAR USA and The Interchange Institute Announce Agreement!

Through a new agreement reached with The Interchange Institute, SIETAR USA is  pleased to offer a new benefit for its members: a discount of $125 to the Intercultural Training Expertise Certificate (ITEC) program offered by The Interchange Institute. (Regular price = $1,200)

The Intercultural Training Expertise Certification (ITEC) program establishes and advances the quality of intercultural training in the international sphere (e.g., global relocation, multi-national teams, international education), by:

(1) helping interculturalists communicate their level of preparedness to do intercultural training in the international sphere, and

(2) helping those who hire interculturalists assess the preparedness of trainers.

Read more about the program and find out how to sign up: Member Discounts

Did you know...

SIETAR USA's Living Code of Ethical Behavior was originally created in 2013? The 2021 Ethics Committee has been hard at work updating the Code to make it more relevant and reflective of the work our members are doing in the DEI and Intercultural fields. We are pleased to announce that the updated code has been approved by the SIETAR USA Board of Directors, and is now available.

Visit the Ethics pages of the website to hear from the Committee and download your copy of the Living Code!

SIETAR USA Board Statement on Ukraine

As an organization committed to the support of respect for diversity and equity, freedom of self-determination and intercultural understanding, we condemn in the strongest possible terms the recent aggression shown by Russia against the citizens of Ukraine. We stand with our colleagues around the world in solidarity with the people suffering under the threat of attack and diminishment of freedom in their own land. We also consider the wonderful people of Russia to be victims of this tyranny, having to live under oppression and hardship from a leader with no compassion for them or their internal plight.

Nothing can be more of an affront to the human spirit than the use of war under false pretenses to destroy the autonomy of a nation that has enjoyed democracy for its people. We send our most sincere thoughts to the people of Ukraine, and to those with family and friends now confronting unjustified aggression and defending their freedom.

Check Out: the Aperian Global Partnership

We are pleased to announce a partnership between SIETAR USA and Aperian Global where all online learning available on Aperian Global's GlobeSmart website is now available to SIETAR USA Members at a 20% discount! 

To learn more, check the Membership Discounts page under 'Get Involved' here on the SIETAR USA website. 


Recognizing that this could be a very long list, we would like to bring into the room, the name of George Floyd. In the strongest possible terms, SIETAR USA:

  • Believes Black Lives Matter
  • Condemns police violence
  • Supports peaceful protest
  • Values authentic and honest dialog
Racial injustice is embedded into U.S. culture and there is no single solution that will take care of everything that needs to be changed and improved. We need to begin by eliminating racism in our own SIETAR USA house. We need to listen to each other—in a learning mode—and be willing to explore ways we can make effective changes. READ MORE

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Please welcome the following individuals and/or organizations who have made a membership committment to SIETAR USA in the past month:

 Seun Bello Olamosu Diane Cotsonas
 Daniela Draugelis John Knight
 Amelie Kreiter Kathleen Miller McLaughlin
 Maria Morukian Willette Neal
 Cassie Quinlan Amy Rausch
 Jessie Ritchie Leslie Santamaria
 Donnie Stepp Leslie Weigl

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