2014 Conference Theme: Pioneering Intercultural Leadership: From Awareness to Action

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 interculturalist 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 2014 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 sustaining intercultural leadership, leading ethically, understanding the neuroscience of inclusion, or how to conduct training, become internal advocates, and leaders in your own organization in the field of diversity and inclusion, to name just a few topics, we invite you to enroll in more than one Master Workshop to explore several topics in greater depth.

The Keynote Speakers this year were selected to provide a diversity of perspectives to conference participants.  Dr. Paula Caligiuri, whose work on Cultural Agility in organizations has been called groundbreaking, will challenge us as interculturalists to “move the organizational needle” by helping our clients develop a pipeline of culturally agile professionals.  Michael Adee—a pioneer in the LGBTQ community--shares his personal story and the source of his personal resilience.  Our last keynote by Terrell Jones will offer us an opportunity to re-consider the consequences of treating everybody the same and living in a “colorblind” society. Each of these speakers is a pioneer in her/his own right, and we are confident you will leave with new awareness, mindful intentions and thoughtful actions.

Come prepared for a fun, educational and thought-provoking experience. The concurrent session presentations throughout the conference will include a wide range of intercultural topics as well as the newly added interactive poster sessions that allow presenters to try out their “pioneering” ideas before fully developing them. You can choose to attend Master Workshops and concurrent sessions from an outstanding choice of topics and presenters. No matter how 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 network 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 special events on Thursday evening, the Friday evening awards and dinner celebration or the post-conference tour options. The conference hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Portland, 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 in the beautiful City of Roses, Portland, Oregon! 

We look forward to seeing you in Portland, Oregon, October 22-25, 2014

Donna M. Stringer, Ph.D. and Lillian A. Tsai
2014 SIETAR-USA Conference Co-Chairs

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The 2014 Conference theme: Pioneering Intercultural Leadership: From Awareness to Action


We’d like to thank the over 100 of you who submitted proposals and shared your ideas for pioneering poster sessions, workshops, forums, research presentations, artistic/film performances and more. Over the next few months our reviewers and Program Team, led by Naomi Ludeman Smith, will have some tough decisions to make among many excellent choices. We anticipate that the selection process will be completed by mid-July. Please check back on this website and through our social media sites to find out more about these exciting program developments.

Early Bird Registration Deadline: September 15, 2014. Register early and take advantage of this discount!


Conference Kick-off: The official Grand Opening of the conference will be held Wednesday evening, October 22nd, 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: If you are new to SIETAR or to our annual conference, please join us for our Newcomer’s Session which will be held before the conference opening event on Wednesday, October 22, from 5:15 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 welcoming you!