The June - August 2016 issue of the Sietar Europa Journal is now available. Click here to go to the download page

The Congress Theme and Tracks for the next SIETAR Europa Congress have now been published. You can read more about them here or download the brochure by clicking here.

We are delighted to announce the Call for Proposals for the 16th annual SIETAR USA Conference to be held in Tulsa, OK November 9-12, 2016!

You are invited to submit proposals that speak to our 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. 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. 


You are invited to enhance the confer a proposal for a concurrent session to be offered at the conference. 

We encourage innovative and creative presentations that are grounded and aligned with the conference theme.

Also, we have a fantastic line up of Master Workshops planned so visit often as we continue to update our website with the latest on the 2016 Conference!

See you in November!

Kelli McLoud-Schingen and Nancy Tom 

Your 2016 Conference Co-chairs

Our Keynote Speakers!

Shakti Butler, PhD      Filmmaker and Diversity Educator

Brenda Toineeta Pipestem Associate Justice and Native American Repatriation Activist

           John "Jack" Condon           One of the Founders of the Intercultural Field 

Last updated on: 4th April 2016

SIETAR Europa is delighted to invite you to a special weekend on migration. The topic is:


Interculturalists and Migration


Fri 27th (eve) to Sun 29th (half day) May 2016

(partial attendance possible – see below)






University Foundation/Fondation Universitaire (confirmed)



~€50 + travel & accommodation.

(Note that there is nice accommodation available in the venue for €60/night)

Who Should Attend?

Anyone interested in the contribution Interculturalists can and should make to ensure migration into Europe is a success and beneficial to all.


Joe Kearns at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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With the current dramatic increase in migration into and within Europe there has been much discussion around National SIETARs in Europe about the issues facing all the countries of Europe, with some more affected than others. The causes of the migration are many but as Interculturalists there is a strong feeling that not only have we much to contribute to making this migration a benefit for all but that we actually have a responsibility to be involved. Many SIETARians are already heavily involved

The topic of migration, whatever the cause, is a multifaceted topic with issues ranging from integration, assimilation, racism, economic effects and much more. Many SIETAR members are already involved in work relating to migration, particularly in the current dramatic increase, and many more members have been involved in discussion as to what SIETAR and its members should be doing.

Following the SIETAR Europa Board meeting in Brussels last week-end we agreed that it would be useful for interested people to meet over a week-end to discuss matters of relevance to Interculturalists relating to migration and to come up with actions and initiatives including the possibility of a more comprehensive longer event later in 2016.



  1. This is YOUR EVENT!! The attendees at the event will determine the topics, the energy and the outcomes. There will be someone to guide the event but it is up to those attending to make it a success!
  2. The outcome of the week-end should be learnings, actions and future possibilities – not just talk
  3. This is intended to be a set of conversations not lectures. We should learn from each other
  4. Let the energy of the conversation take you to new ideas, opportunities and action.
  5. Not everyone who wants to will be able to attend so documenting outcomes and actions is important


The Venue - Brussels

The recent tragic events in Brussels occurred after Brussels was chosen as the best location for the event. Some have asked if we should change the location of the event because of what happened. Should we decide to move the event from Brussels it is likely that to do so would show a lack of solidarity with the people of Brussels and in some ways would mean the criminals who did this have won. After conversations and emails with many colleagues both in SIETAR and not all are in agreement that we should not change. So the event will be in Brussels as planned.

If we are at all nervous about attending in Brussels maybe it is good to reflect on how many migrants feel in our European cities.


The Venue - University Foundation/Fondation Universitaire

The University Foundation will provide rooms for our use during the week-end. There is also very reasonably priced accommodation at the foundation - approximately € 60 with breakfast ncluded. Room sharing is also an option if you are willing to do so. Please click on the link above to learn more about the foundation.


The Week-end “Conversations” concept – (See also the Open Space idea)

In the past SIETAR members have organised specific events to discuss topics of interest and one format that worked well was as follows:

  • Meet with other interested, and interesting, people to:
  • Explore the area of migration in the context of the current dramatic rise in migration into and around Europe
  • Identify key areas relevant to Interculturalists
  • Find out things we didn’t know we didn’t know and to stimulate ideas!
  • Look into possible areas of study or research
  • To explore opportunities for collaboration and action

The format of the event will be small group discussions, 4 or 5 people, with a topic leader, followed by larger group evaluation and documenting of outcomes.

The timetable will be roughly as follows:

  • Friday evening: Meet for dinner and start the conversation
  • Saturday: Approx. 9:00 – 18:00. Subject conversations roughly as follows (One leader and 4-5 people per topic): With suitable breaks for coffee and lunch
Time Topic Topic Topic
09:30 – 11:00 A B C
11:30 – 13:00 D E F
14:00 – 15:30 G H I
16:00 – 17:30 J K L
  • Saturday evening dinner together
  • Sunday: Approx. 09:30-13:00. Summarise learning, insights, actions, opportunities and more

The "leader" of the topic groups should act largely as a facilitator but also be passioate about the topic although does not have to be an expert.

For those available to stay, the conversation can continue on Sunday afternoon also after a leisurely lunch.

Note that it would be feasible to attend only the Saturday or only Saturday and Sunday.

Topics of conversation:

These would be agreed beforehand with considerably flexibility about how the conversations develop over the week-end. In other words, if a group decides it wants to go after another topic that arises they can do so with group agreement.

LinkedIn Discussion Group:

We will shortly be setting up a LinkedIn Discussion Group to allow an exchange of ideas in advance of getting together. This group will be open to both those attending in Brussels and to those who cannot make it there but want to contribute.

Cost: This event is self-funded and the cost will be accommodation plus whatever cost you incur getting to the venue. There will be a small charge to cover room rental – in the past not more than €50.

What if people can’t attend?

We will ask those interested but who can’t attend, to make a submission on topics of interest in advance and outcomes and actions will be available afterwards.

We may facilitate some virtual attendance but a key principle is that the purpose is to have face-to-face communication and any virtual attendance should not take up too much time and should not interfere with the flow of conversation.

A word on numbers

In the past we found that about 15-20 people was good. With more than 20 and it turned into a mini-conference with less individual participation. Regarding the minimum, as few as 4 or 5 people can be successful! In fact, just two people could achieve much! We will re-assess the process and format when we get an idea of the interest level.

Note on the terms used here: this document was written attempting to avoid use of certain words that can be overloaded with negative connotations – for example: “refugee”, “immigrant”, “problem”, “crisis”.   This topic, in spite of the challenges, should be approached with a positive frame of mind – we are Interculturalists after all that celebrate difference!

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SIETAR Europa –  General Assembly Meeting

June 09th, 2016 at 18:00 CET


Notice is hereby given of the convening of the SIETAR Europa General Assembly, which will take place on Thursday June 09th, 2016, starting at 18:00 CET. The meeting will be held using our ZOOM platform, for which the log in details will be sent later.

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:



1. Welcome and Verification of Quorum

2. Acceptance of last minutes 

3. President's report about the work of the Board of Directors in 2015 and introduction of projects in the upcoming period (e.g. re-structuring of SIETAR Europa, Congress)

4. Report from the Treasurer: accounts of 2015. Presentation of auditors’ report, Approval of accounts 2015

5. Election of auditors for the accounts 2016

6. Presentation & Approval of Budget for 2016

7. Other business

Applications invited: Post of Congress Coordinator

Applications are invited for the (voluntary, non-paid assignment) post of Congress Coordinator for SIETAR Europa. The details relating to this position are outlined below.

Location: Home Office Base/Virtual

Line Manager: SIETAR President (currently Pari Namazie)

Key Bodies involved: SIETAR Europa Board, Members, Presenters, Partners (including Congress Organising Company in Dublin*), Suppliers, Staff, Volunteers and Congress Committees

Responsible for: Supporting a successful staging of the May 22nd -27th, 2017 SIETAR Europa Congress in Dublin, being the point of contact in SIETAR Europa for that company

Length of assignment: Wednesday 15th May 2016 – Monday 31st July 2017

Overseas Travel: As required with expenses paid

Application Deadline: Saturday 30th April 2016

Who can apply: All SIETAR Europa and National SIETAR members, plus non-members familiar with SIETAR activities.

* SIETAR Europa will appoint a suitable company based in Dublin to actually stage the congress. The Congress Coordinator will act as the point of contact in SIETAR Europa for that company.


Click here for the full description of the job posting

We are pleased to invite you to SIETAR Poland Congress that will take place in Wrocław from 25th till 27th of November 2016.

This year theme of the Congress is: Intercultural competence – the key to the globalised world of today

Click here to download the Call for papers.

If you would like to participate as a speaker, you are welcome to send an application to us. Please find all details regarding call for papers here:

Betina Szkudlarek and Laurence Romani have published a very interesting paper for the SIETAR community on the "Journal of Organizational Change Management". The title is Professionalization through dispersed institutional entrepreneurship: The case of the intercultural community. You can download it by clicking here

The March - May 2016 issue of the Sietar Europa Journal is now available. Click here to go to the download page


Dear Sietarians,

The business environment and management of the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) countries has seen a series of crucial changes since 1989. All countries within the CEE region started the integration into global world economy with the impact on new managerial experiences and behaviour which have changed over time and varied from firm to firm in all countries.

SIETAR Europa is very eager to support initiatives in the CEE, in order to foster intercultural dialogue in the region. Hence, we are happy to learn about a very interesting, upcoming conference in Romania, May 2016 organised by the Center for Socio-Economic Studies and Multiculturalism. SIETAR Europa is official partner of this initiative. We are glad to forward this information to you:

 CSESM The Center for Socio-Economic Studies and Multiculturalism in Romania was created to promote greater research, dialogue and awareness among the diverse cultures and backgrounds of individuals involved in Romanian business, academia and social organizations. The activity of the Center is to support research, train students, host lectures, seminars, conferences and to disseminate its findings among young professionals, decision makers, and the general public. Management of the Center is assisted by a Board of Advisors, comprised of noted business, academic and community leaders. An extensive range of additional collaborators is developed with experts in academia, business, and organizations involved with establishing public policy. Founding members are Iulian and Liviu Warter.

The first International Conference “Intercultural Management and Global Leadership. New challenges for Eastern Europe” will take place in Iasi, Romania between May 12th and May 14th, 2016.

The conference will bring together scholars and practitioners in order to support the dialogue between theory and practice in intercultural management and global leadership. The conference will combine academic and practitioner presentations with workshops.

The programme is very promising with keynote speakers from all over the world:

  • Fons Trompenaars - Partner People & Change at KPMG, author of best seller “Riding the Waves of Culture”, Netherlands
  • Philippe Rosinski - Executive Coach MCC – MD, Rosinski & Company, Professor, MS, Author, Brussels, Belgium
  • George Simons - MA, Dmin, Founder, Author, Editor-in-Chief at, USA + France
  • Huib Wursten - Senior consultant, ITIM International, Netherlands
  • Adrienne Rubatos – Trainer & Coch, Germany

More keynote speakers and workshop presenters can be found on the conference webpage here!

Participation fees: Early Bird Registration:  € 325  until February 29 , 2016//Regular Registration:      € 375  -  March 1, 2016 - May 2, 2016

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We are happy to announce that Young SIETAR is hosting its 4th Training of Intercultural Trainers (TOIT) in Krakow, Poland, from March 18-20, 2016.

Their program offers a variety of learning opportunities for Young Professionals and Advanced Interculturalists alike – as well as opportunities to network with other interculturalists from all over the world and enjoy the city of Krakow!

More information on the event, the program, venue and registration can be found on their website:

Early bird tickets are available until January 31, 2016!


If you have any questions, please contact the YS Training Coordinator Nadine Binder (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).



Dear SIETAR Colleagues,

Looking back on the past year, 2015 came filled with many opportunities and challenges, heart-warming and heart-breaking events, joys and sorrows. It is hard for any of us to influence world events, but how we react as individuals and within our communities can make a world of difference. And a difference can be made in many different ways, no matter how great, no matter how small…

Looking back at the first half of the year, SIETAR Europa enjoyed a successful congress in Valencia, where our very active team of volunteers and committees came together once more to organize an amazing congress, where knowledge could flow, networks could be built, old and new friendships could be re-kindled. For the organising committees, there were lessons to be learnt and improvements to be made for our forthcoming congresses. And in the midst of the migrant crisis which followed in the latter half of the year, it was warming to see the solidarity of our members, community and national SIETARs working together as volunteers and entrepreneurs, providing assistance and solutions to this global crisis. Through the global connect platform connecting SIETAR Presidents, many stories, projects, best practices were shared on this issue.

In October 2015, SIETAR Europa welcomed a new board with representatives from each national SIETAR and our direct members, i.e. members who do not belong to a national SIETAR. The Board hit the ground running, so to speak, and had to immediately deal with one or two challenges. To this aim, I am honoured to be working with the current board, who as individuals come with experience, objectivity and wisdom and as a team show a true spirit of democracy, ensuring each decision is weighed within both the national and global frameworks we operate in.

As for the year ahead, I believe our SIETAR family and community has much work to do and much to offer. Not only do our individual projects in our different fields of education, training, coaching, consulting and research continue but so does our work within our national SIETARs and within SIETAR Europa. Our communication committee works tirelessly ensuring SIETAR Europa is “seen and heard” on social media, newsletters and journals. The next congress committee has already come together to start the discussion on the 2017 Dublin congress theme and the events and webinar committee has not only a new and highly professional webinar platform, but has already provided us with an excting and exhaustive calendar of webinars for the year ahead. The SIETAR Europa board will come together in an annual face to face meeting in February to discuss important issues on strategy, structure and adding value. In addition to a face to face meeting, the board will hold monthly virtual meetings.

I look forward to 2016 and hope it is a year in which we continue learning, sharing and giving. I and the SIETAR Europa Board take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday and new year. Until 2016, stay well and warm!

Pari Namazie
President SIETAR Europa

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The International Conference “Intercultural Management and Global Leadership. New challenges for Eastern Europe” will take place in Iasi, Romania between May 12th and May 14th 2016.

For more information, please go to

The Events & Membership Commitee, as well all the SIETAR Europa board, are happy to announce SIETAR EUROPA’s Webinar Events Calendar for 2016. Click here to view it