Thursday, November 3, 2022

How do YOU expand your repertoire? Learn about advances in research? Spend time with experts in the field?

The SIETAR USA Master Workshops offer all those opportunities and more! Join us in Omaha on November 3 for a day of the very best in continuing education for intercultural and DEI professionals. Education, leadership, healing, and training techniques are all part of the mix. The workshops listed below are confirmed as is the schedule. 

When registration opens, you will be able to purchase a ticket for one (1) or two (2) Master Workshops, and will have the opportunity to make your selections after you've registered: 

One (1) workshop = a.m. OR p.m. / Two (2) workshops = a.m. AND p.m.

Registration will open in July 2022!

 Master Workshop Registration Fees One (1) Workshop Two (2) Workshops
 SIETAR USA Member $175 $285
 Non-Member $195 $325
 Student $100 $185

Master Workshops Schedule at a Glance

Morning Workshops - 8:00 am-12 noon

An Applied Polyvagal Approach to Intercultural Interactions and Decreasing Polarization

Dr. Cheryl Forster


Building the Inspired Inclusive Organization:

 Engaging with Race Issues as a Catalyst for Change

Noor Azizan-Gardner


Understanding W.E.I.R.D.* Cultures: 
Experiential Activities for Reducing 
and Institutional Bias

Jon DeVries and Alex Cleberg

Afternoon Workshops - 1:00 pm-5:00 pm

Crossing Party Lines:

Building Bridges between IC and EDI
in Higher Education

Dr. Kris Acheson-Clair & Nastasha E. Johnson


Impact! High Leverage Interventions for Culture Change

joe gerstandt


How to Use Theatre as a Tool
for Intercultural Understanding

Kelli McLoud-Schingen and Dionne Lambert


An Applied Polyvagal Approach to Intercultural Interactions and Decreasing Polarization

Dr. Cheryl Forster

Studying our nervous system as an access point for change can increase our ability to be effective during challenging life circumstances.  According to Deb Dana (2020), the nervous system is key because when the brain and the nervous system do not agree, the nervous system will win every time.  One influential framework for understanding the nervous system is Polyvagal Theory by Stephen Porges.  Polyvagal Theory is often referred to as the neuroscience of safety and connection, and it is a core component of trauma work.  Neuroscience in trauma therapy has exploded in the past twenty-five years.  It has helped us understand our experiences, emotions, relationships, stories, communication, and ability to cope in more nuanced ways. Read more...

About Dr. Forster

Dr. Cheryl Forster is a clinical psychologist and the Coordinator of Diversity and Psychology Programs at Portland State University’s (PSU) Center for Student Health and Counseling.  She also has a professional intercultural training business called Bookmark Connections; her workshops focus on integrating intercultural communication, social justice, and applied Polyvagal perspectives.  Cheryl has obtained her Intercultural Practitioner Certificate from the highly respected Intercultural Communication Institute, completed the Brain, Mind and Culture certification from the Japan Intercultural Institute, and is a CQ Certified Facilitator and IDI qualified administrator, as well as a contributing author in The SAGE Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence (2015) and a former ACCTA Diversity Scholar.  Read more...

Building the Inspired Inclusive Organization: Engaging with Race Issues as a Catalyst for Change

Noor Azizan-Gardner

How can an intercultural leader build the trust and bridges necessary for optimum engagement and heightened sense of belonging? What knowledge-sharing must occur with the organizations’ diverse employees and leaders? What skill sets must be developed and honed? Can we do this in the extremely polarized political climate of today?

This workshop invites participants to reflect, discuss and develop skill sets to effectively engage and provide safety and support for candid and difficult conversations on race as part of a critical process for transforming the organization to a more inclusive, innovative, and human-centric workplace. Read more...

About Noor Azizan-Gardner

Noor Azizan-Gardner, originally from Malaysia, is Founder and President of Baru Global Creatives Group, LLC, a consulting company which assists organizations and institutions with building innovative inclusive organizational culture through fostering inspired leaders and employees. Previous leadership positions in DEI include the University of Missouri where she created the Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative which provided consultation and services in the areas of diversity, cultural competency, equity, EEO compliance, Title IX, and ADA education and accommodation. Read more...

Understanding W.E.I.R.D.* Cultures:  Experiential Activities for Reducing Participant and Institutional Bias
Jon DeVries, Intercultural Trainer & Consultant, Founding Member-SIETAR Minnesota
Alexander Cleburg, MA, Intercultural Trainer, University of Minnesota

*Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic

WEIRD countries have unique sets of those norms and values. In this highly experiential workshop, participants will be able to examine and reflect upon their own immediate reactions to WEIRD values. We will explore what these values are, and how they perpetuate biases in our institutions. Next, we will examine the ramifications they may have on our institutional effectiveness and outcomes. Finally, we will analyze and discuss how to effect change in our organizations to attain better outcomes. 

We will also explore how culturally specific values become universal and invisible. This invisibility can sabotage an organization’s ability to successfully interact with diverse groups within their culture and bridge across cultures. Read more...

About Jon DeVries
Jon DeVries is an intercultural trainer and consultant specializing in Intercultural Competence Development, Leadership Development, Team Building and Training Design with a background in Experiential Education and Adult Learning Theories. Jon held positions at the University of Minnesota, including Short-Term and Custom Programs Director in the International Student and Scholar Services Office. Read more...

About Alexander Cleburg, MA

Alexander Cleberg, MA, is an intercultural trainer at the University of Minnesota. By carefully listening to the needs of students, staff and faculty he has developed material grounded in the practical experiences of campus community members. He has actively developed immigrant entrepreneurs in the United States for 19 years and researched the intercultural competencies of immigrant entrepreneurs in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Read more...

Afternoon WORKSHOPS - 1:00-5:00 pm

Crossing Party Lines: Building Bridges between IC and DEI in Higher Education

Dr. Kris Acheson-Clair, Director of CILMAR, Purdue University
Natasha E. Johnson, Associate Professor of Library Science, Purdue University

Increasingly, missions and strategic plans of higher education institutions (HEIs) include references to the development of intercultural competencies, the cultivation of global citizens, and commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Many of these HEIs, however, struggle to operationalize their intentions meaningfully and across the entire institution. In this hands-on workshop, we will work together to generate possibilities for scaling up intercultural learning and equity-minded pedagogy to all areas across universities and all levels of organizational structures. Read More...

About Dr. Acheson-Clair

Dr. Kris Acheson-Clair is Director of the Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment and Research (CILMAR) at Purdue University and holds a courtesy faculty position in the Brian Lamb School of Communication. CILMAR's mission is to support intercultural development for everyone in the Purdue community. Led by Dr. Acheson, CILMAR's staff works with faculty and staff at Purdue to embed intercultural learning across the curriculum, to support faculty and staff development, and to produce cutting edge intercultural research. Read More...

About Nastasha E. Johnson
Nastasha E. Johnson is Associate Professor of Library Science at Purdue University Libraries & School of Information Studies in West Lafayette, IN.  She also serves as a Provost Fellow in the Office of the Provost, Division of Diversity & Inclusion and an Intercultural Learning Officer for the Center of Intercultural Learning, Mentoring, Assessment, and Research (CILMAR). She is a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development (IDI) and Beliefs, Events, Values Inventory (BEVI), and has completed Phase 1 of the Racial Equity Institute of REI in Greensboro, NC. Read More...

Impact! High Leverage Interventions for Culture Change

dr. joe gerstandt, Acclaimed Speaker, Author and Advisor

In recent years, and in the past year especially, increasing amounts of time, attention, and resources have been directed toward organizational efforts relative to diversity, inclusion, and equity. While there are certainly exceptions, these efforts consistently disappoint with negligible impacts on both organizational demographics and organizational culture. Far too many leaders and organizations have been comfortable demonstrating activity without much real impact. Activity is not enough, and we have some obligation to help clients direct their resources toward interventions with leverage for real change. Read more...

About joe verstandt

dr. joe gerstandt is a speaker, author and advisor bringing greater clarity, action, and impact to organizational diversity and inclusion efforts. joe has worked with Fortune 100 corporations, small non-profits, government entities, and everything in between. He speaks at numerous conferences and summits and is a featured contributor for the Workforce Diversity Network Expert Forum. His insights have been published in Diversity Best Practices, Diversity Executive, HR Executive, numerous other print and on-line journals, and he co-authored the book Social Gravity: Harnessing the Natural Laws of Relationships.  Read More...

How to Use Theatre as a Tool for Intercultural Understanding

Kelli McLoud-Schingen, President, KMS Intercultural Consulting

Dionne Lambert, Program Coordinator, The Center for Public Life at OSU-Tulsa

One of the most powerful and under-utilized tools in cross cultural understanding is Theatre.  Theatre is a form of storytelling that many feel that if they are not actors, or haven’t studied theatre, they aren’t equipped to work with theatre and drama as a tool.

Theatre is storytelling and it offers opportunities for listeners to merge the storyteller’s experience with their own – resulting in connections that can turn into trance-formational experiences. Everyone is a storyteller. We live inside stories; we communicate through stories.  Read More...

About Kelli McLoud-Schingen

Kelli McLoud-Schingen is Artistic Director of World Stage Theatre Company, Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Tulsa, and President of KMS Intercultural Consulting. She is a global diversity and inclusion specialist as well as a theatrical actor and director. She specializes in storytelling, cultural competence, and healing racism.  She has been a facilitator for educational, non-profit, government and corporate institutions in the USA and internationally since 1989 deftly fusing her theatre and social justice training.  A certified professional mediator, she holds a BA degree in Communication from Aurora University and a MA in Cross-Cultural Studies from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.  Kelli also trained with the Center for the Healing of Racism in Houston, TX.   Read more...

About Dionne Lambert

Dionne Lambert is Program Coordinator for the Center for Public Life at Oklahoma State University – Tulsa, where she facilitates community-focused dialogues through a trauma-informed lens and is currently leading a community-based research initiative that is focused on Black reproductive health equity in Tulsa.  She is also the Founding Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant for Chrysalis Consulting. Dionne’s perspectives include what psychiatrist Bruce Perry calls post-traumatic wisdom*, inherited by her tumultuous upbringing on the south side of Chicago, IL.  She received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK, where she learned to channel her grief and pain into service via ministry in the gospel choir she concurrently sang in for 10 years before finally graduating after 13 years. Read more...

*What Happened To You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing, Dr. Bruce D. Perry & Oprah Winfrey, Flatiron Books


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