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All about the SIETAR Europa Congress
The SIETAR Europa 2022 Congress seeks to open the next chapter of Interculturalism. The Melton Foundation will be represented at the Congress by a dynamic and experienced group of trainers, our Senior Fellows! We now invite our wider network to join us at the Congress in Malta, either in-person or remotely, to re-invent the future with new ideas and re-focused urgencies, under the leadership of SIETAR Europa.
The Melton Foundation has had numerous encounters with SIETAR (Society of Intercultural Education, Training and Research) in the past decade or two, and SIETAR Europa’s next global Congress seems like the perfect rendezvous for our network to reconvene – both in-person and online!
Special Advisory for Melton Fellows!
The SIETAR conference is a unique opportunity for our fellows to develop global competencies and to meet again. The conference will take place at the University of Malta from 19 – 21 May 2022. The arrival day for Melton Foundation attendees is May 16th, 2022 and the departure day is May 22nd, 2022. We will organize team-building workshops before and a day of debriefing after the conference. To apply you need to be able to commit to being available for the entire duration.
Joined by 300 interculturalists from around the world, the Melton Foundation delegation at the SIETAR Europa 2022 Congress will unpack new pathways to rediscovering intercultural collaboration!
Join us at the Congress!
Opportunity for interculturalists in our community!
The global pandemic has amplified and clarified many of these systemic issues that were more easily ignored before; it has shown the incredible potential of what humans can achieve when they work together across and beyond boundaries – it has also shown how we fail when we don’t. Faced with these awesome challenges, the question arises whether interculturalism has failed? Has it fulfilled its promise? Has it even promised the right things? Or, to put it bluntly, does interculturalism need to be replaced, reformed, or reshaped to match the challenges this world faces? Let’s gather at SIETAR Europa Congress to assess!
The SIETAR Europa Congress 2022 with the theme Re-Thinking Interculturalism will take place in Malta at the Valletta Campus of the University of Malta from 18 – 21 May. Please check the timeline below for the full program for Melton community members.
The program will combine more than 100 in-person and online sessions, workshops, and presentations in the topical clusters of Re-Search, Re-Tool, Resilience and Re-volution. The Congress also includes inspiring Keynote and Endnote speeches, a Film Festival, the Annual SIETAR Europa General Assembly, and social gatherings (COVID rules permitting).
Topic: Re-Thinking Interculturalism
Dates of the Congress: 18 – 21 May 2022
Venue: Malta (the conference will be designed for in-person/hybrid and online participation – travel is not required to engage)
Goal: The SIETAREuropa 2022 Congress wants to open the next chapter of Interculturalism by bringing together the intercultural field to take a critical look at itself, at its legacy, and (re)-imagine a future worth working towards.
Here's the invitation to interculturalists from our community! Especially since our network has been unable to meet in person since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage our Fellows to strongly consider attending in-person to reconnect with the Melton Foundation.
Please be advised to consider travel regulations and health and safety guidelines in your country before applying to join us in Malta! Application is mandatory to participate in this Melton Opportunity.
16 May - Welcome and Arrival of Melton Foundation members
17 May - Team Building and Networking
Team building for participants
Networking session for conference presenters
Melton Foundation delegation welcome and kick-off!
18 May - Congress Kick-Off
19 - 21 May - Congress Days
Please find the Congress Schedule at https://sietareu.org/malta2022/
22 May - De-brief and Departure
Debriefing & follow-up actions with Fellows
Departure - All Day
Meet the SIETAR Trainers - Our Ambassadors at the Congress 2022
Our team of Senior Fellows will be facilitating the "Making space for interculturalism beyond business-as-usual" session at the Congress. Meet our team of interculturalism experts, who aim to “Re-Tool” and "Revolutionize" methods and approaches to unpack deeper motivations and challenges in the global interculturalism sphere!
By creating an authentic and inclusive space for participants and facilitators, our team of trainers will deploy a canvas of methods including backcasting, fishbowl conversations, and others, to unpack both personal and collective human needs through critical intercultural lenses.
Constanza Alonqueo is Melton Fellow from Chile, with a plethora of experience in health and wellbeing.
Fransiska Tirtoadisurja is a United Nations Representative in Business Innovation Research and Dev NGO (Paris) to The United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC). She is chosen Young Urban Leader by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solution Network (UN SDSN) by the Local Pathways Fellowship in 2018. She has spoken internationally to more than a thousand young people from more than 50 countries to engage them with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She is also a co-founder of Kita Peduli Indonesia Foundation, a humanitarian relief organization for natural disasters in Indonesia, and a nominated best volunteer in the United Nations Volunteer Award.
Lars Dietzel is the current Director of Strategy at the Melton Foundation.
Lars first joined the Melton Foundation as a Fellow in 2002 and has supported our journey in numerous capacities ever since.
Having earned a Master’s in Education and Linguistics from the universities of Mainz and Jena (Germany), Lars has dedicated his professional career to connecting and enabling people from diverse backgrounds to collaborate in order to enrich lives, systems, and society in novel, transformative ways. Prior to joining our team, he did cross-community work in Belfast (Northern Ireland), supported migrants in the Provence region (France), led one of England’s biggest international summer schools (Great Britain), served as a co-founding member of SIETAR Chile, among others.
Born in the former GDR, Lars’ convictions and actions aim for inclusivity, anti-oppression, and human connection. He loves to try different foods and digests them by playing music, riding the bike, or having conversations with friends and family. A glass of wine doesn’t hurt either.
Originally from Temuco, Chile, May Garces has a bachelor’s in Education from UFRO, international studies in Music Performance (USA) & Environmental Studies, and Peacebuilding (Israel). She has developed several educational/artistic projects with small communities in Chile, India, Ghana, Palestine, and Jordan following Human-Centered Design methodologies to explore values related to global citizenship and self-care. In the past years, she has worked as an English teacher & a collaborator in interdisciplinary research in Mathematics Education, among other occupations. She recently studied a Diploma in Philosophy of Cognitive Sciences & a Microphenomenologic interviews course for research purposes. She loves dancing, singing, painting, and eating plants.
In addition to being an original Fellow of the Melton Foundation and chairing the foundation’s Board of Directors, Melanie Milleris a Clinical Social Worker of over 20 years, with clinical specialization in the areas of trauma and abuse. She currently serves as the Director of Clover House for St. Francis Community Services, a national organization with international ties. She is developing and implementing the first Restorative Residential program for minor survivors of sexual exploitation in her state, and one of a few in the U.S. In addition, she holds expertise in program design and assessment. Mel maintains a private, outpatient psychotherapy practice, focusing on supporting trauma survivors in their healing journeys. Mel also serves as Vice President of the American Board of Functional Medicine. In the past, she has served as the Coordinator of the Anti-Sexual Exploitation Community Roundtable for Action (ASERCA), and sat on the National Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance (RHYTTAC) Advisory Board. To balance life as a professional and mother of 4, Mel enjoys family, friends, travel, and good red wine.
Nickhil Sharma is a 29-year-old Energy Engineer from Bangalore, India. He is currently a PhD student at UEA, working on an EU-funded project on Smart Home Technologies. His research areas include sustainability transitions, stakeholder management, and social sustainability. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Melton Foundation where he has been involved with projects around non-violent communication and sustainable development – working with young changemakers from across the world. He hopes for an integrated, green, equitable and accessible future for all, and most importantly hopes that people realize the true environmental cost of their actions.
Raphael T Richard
Raphael T. Richard is an Emerging Talent Strategist and Diversity & Inclusion Innovator.
Raphael is an emerging talent strategist with over 10 years of experience using data and creativity across multiple industries to support scaling and making key recruiting decisions. Collaboration, engagement, and storytelling help him reach goals and drive innovation.
Travel Advisory to in-person Attendees
All attendees need to comply with the sanitation and health guidelines and rules from Malta's health authorities.
Please refer to the health guidelines given here before you apply.
– The Melton Foundation cannot provide refunds, or be held liable for any costs incurred, due to any possible effects of a Coronavirus infection. While we provide insurance for a possible quarantine hotel in Malta, any other costs that may occur related to a personal infection will not be covered by the Melton Foundation.
– All grantees must have international health insurance.
– A positively evaluated grant application may still mean that participation and hence travel may not be possible due to limited spaces of participants offered by the conference organizers
– All grantees agree to participate actively during the whole conference, the pre-program as well as the de-briefing. Grantees also agree to create content during or after the conferences to be shared within the Melton Foundation and beyond!
In the event you cannot apply to attend in-person, we encourage you to apply to attend the Congress online! Please remember to fill out the application form here.
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