The 2013 SIETAR USA Conference was a big success, and we thank all of our friends, associates and colleagues who were able to participate. We hope you will join us in beautiful Portland, Oregon for the 14th Annual SIETAR-USA Conference at the Doubletree by Hilton Portland.

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2013 Conference Theme: Exploring Intercultural Boundaries: Innovation, Inclusion, Inspiration

The Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR-USA) is an organization that brings together people from many different backgrounds to explore how culture plays a role in their work and daily life. The annual conference provides an opportunity for these individuals to learn from, and with, others in a way that increases participants’ understanding, skills, and knowledge of the field of intercultural relations.

Whether this is your first SIETAR-USA conference or you are returning for the thirteenth time (or anything in between), welcome! We invite you to come listen to and connect with leaders in the field, partake in thought-provoking sessions and discussions, and strengthen your networks and friendships within our growing interculturally-minded community. We know you will come away with deeper insights on topics of vital interest to the field and your career, acquire new ideas for transforming and balancing your life, and learn about new tools for exploring intercultural boundaries.

The Master Workshop selection for 2013 is exceptionally strong, and includes something for everyone. You are sure to find a workshop (or two) that meets your professional development needs, whether your interests are in how neuroscience informs intercultural work, the role of dialogue in racial healing, cultural layers of faith, or how to develop intercultural competence, to name just a few topics. We encourage you to enroll in more than one Master Workshop to explore several topics in depth.

The Keynote Speakers this year were selected to provide different viewpoints on the conference theme and to highlight the culture of Washington, DC. Speaking to the conference innovation sub-theme is Ray Leki of the Foreign Service Institute of at the U.S. Department of State. Speaking to the Inclusion and Inspiration sub-themes is Andy Shallal, noted entrepreneur-artist-activist, most well-known for his popular DC-based restaurants/public advocacy spaces Busboys & Poets. Both these speakers will provide insights into different types of intercultural boundaries and how we all live and work on the edge in some way. This year we will dedicate one of our keynote slots to an interactive session that will allow conference attendees to "explore their own intercultural boundaries". Come prepared for a fun, educational and thought-provoking experience. The concurrent sessions presentations throughout the conference will include a wide range of intercultural topics with a focus on three Special Program tracks: Innovation, Inclusion and Inspiration.  These tracks are designed to provide more focused sessions that align with the conference sub-themes. You can choose to attend Master Workshops and concurrent sessions that follow one of the tracks, or open your learning experience to a broader range of topics. No matter which way you design your conference experience, you are bound to leave personally and professionally refreshed and renewed.

For many, the best part of attending the conference is the chance to meet or reconnect with the individuals who make up our diverse intercultural community. There will be many occasions for mixing and mingling during the conference, such as during the opening reception, the Living Code of Ethics kick-off event and the Friday evening dinner celebration. The conference hotel, the Key Bridge Marriott, provides space for both intimate discussions and whole-group activities, offering something for everyone during coffee breaks and lunches (all included in the conference registration fee). Please join us! 

The SIETAR-USA conference is not only an event that allows people to learn about cutting-edge topics but is also a meeting place of people who care about how culture plays a role in daily life. Whether you are a long-time SIETAR-USA member or if this is your first experience with the organization, please plan to join us for our annual conference.

We look forward to seeing you in Arlington, Virginia
November 6-9, 2013

Holly Emert, Ph.D. and Julia Gaspar-Bates
2013 SIETAR-USA Conference Co-Chairs


Conference Kick-off: The official Grand Opening of the conference will be held Wednesday evening, November 6th, following a full day of Master Workshops. The evening will include a welcome reception and conference kick-off that you won’t forget!

Newcomer’s Session: New to SIETAR-USA or to our annual conference? Join us for our Newcomer’s Session which will be held before the conference opening event on Wednesday, November 6th from 5:15pm to 6:00pm. Come learn about SIETAR-USA, how to make the most of your conference experience, meet other conference attendees and share your own interests in intercultural relations. We look forward to meeting you!

SIETAR-USA Living Code of Ethics Launch: Join the celebration as SIETAR-USA launches the Living Code of Ethics. The Thiagi Group has designed an interactive game so the document can be easily added to your professional toolbox. The SIETAR-USA Ethics Working Group, which designed the Living Code, will introduce how you can “brand” yourself by making a personal commitment to follow the Living Code in your work. It has been thirteen years in the making and we are excited to finally showcase this important work which has been a focus of SIETAR-USA for several years. Join us for the launch, which includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages, from 6:15pm to 8:15pm on Thursday, November 7th. The game will start promptly at 6:15pm so please don’t be late for this fun and thought-provoking event!

Washington, DC Tour: To enhance your visit to the nation’s capital, we are offering a unique opportunity to experience Washington, DC. On Sunday morning, November 10th, a special tour and talk organized exclusively for conference attendees will be offered that will allow participants to explore Washington, DC from an intercultural perspective. Tour participants will take part in a walking tour through the U Street Corridor, the center of DC’s historically African-American neighborhood that is today a melting pot of diversity in multiple forms. Following the walking tour, participants will take part in a special dialogue on race at noted DC restaurant Busboys & Poets. Plan your trip accordingly so you can partake in this unique event. More details will be provided soon.