Food for Thought supports the CALS strategic plan goal of creating an inclusive and diverse climate. The monthly lunch-and-learn sessions provide a safe space for the CALS community to come together to explore diversity and gain useful skills for the workplace and classroom. The interactive conversations highlight different areas of diversity and enhance cultural awareness among faculty and staff members. Lunch is provided free of charge to all registered participants.
There is also an opportunity for participants to be recognized as “diversity champions.” To be eligible, a participant must 1) attend over 50 percent of the sessions during an academic year and 2) make a presentation to the CALS Diversity Council of the tangible ways he or she has used the sessions to make environments more inclusive.