Food for Thought: Cultural Community Dinners

The Inclusive Campus Initiative is excited to announce the Kick-Off of our Free Speech Education year-long campaign and beyond. This event will be part of our 4th Food For Thought: Cultural Community Rebuilding Dinner and will feature Kristine Bowman, Ph.D., JD, professor from the College of Education & College of Law and associate dean for the College of Education.

Email if you would like to volunteer.

Topic: Free Speech Education year-long campaign and beyond Kick-Off
When: Monday, Mar. 4 Time: 6:30-8p.m.
Where: Erickson Hall Kiva


Food for Thought: Cultural Community Dinners are community rebuilding spaces designed for conversation among multicultural and marginalized communities. These gatherings will be opportunities to share delicious meals and spark conversations about important diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) topics.

These dinners are a collaboration between the Inclusive Campus Initiative (ICI) – Task Force on “Inclusive Education, Training and  Programming” and Residence Education and Housing Services (REHS) and are co-hosted by multicultural student organizations.

Would your student organization like to co-host a Food for Thought dinner?

  1. Student org co-hosting Sign-up here (ongoing) View
  2. Selected student orgs. in collaboration with the ICI/REHS DEI team will determine a date for a monthly dinner.
  3. If you have any questions, email Meaghan at

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Why were these created?

As a nation, the past few years have tested our resolve to build community while addressing the many injustices in our country. Today, we continue to see hate and ignorance personified through the targeting of Black, Brown and Indigenous bodies in various spaces in our society. Our Transgender, Non-Binary, Queer, APIDA, Latinx and International student communities continue to feel invisibilized and experience harassment and violence. Students from intersecting religious communities continue to fight against prejudices and experience bias incidents daily. These challenges are an opportunity to amplify the irrepressible spirit of a Spartan community that is committed to leave their comfort zones to come face to face with reality and to work towards a more connected and caring campus. Our students need more opportunities to come together in friendship and activism to build inclusive communities across differences.

What is the outcome for these dinners?

We hope that the outcome would be the creation of a new space where students allow themselves to listen to other people’s stories and be willing to tell their own. We want our student activists to take a chance on this important opportunity to build inclusive communities, strengthen their connection to their university and develop a sense of belonging, in joy and resistance. We also hope for students in this space to find new ways to collaborate and create intersectional coalitions that uplift their voices and their multiple lived experiences.

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