Travelers' Lunch - *First Wednesdays

Don’t be afraid to expand yourself, to step out of your comfort zone. That’s where the joy and the adventure lie. -Herbie Hancock

To participate, either click into the Sway below with others at your table, or join the group seated under the flags in the Commons between noon and 1:00 pm.

But first, do you know LARA?

The L.A.R.A method is a way to use deep listening and empathy to manage conflict with the intended outcome of de-escalation.  

  • LISTEN with the intent to understand, not respond. 
  • AFFIRM to acknowledge what is shared by repeating and rephrasing.  
  • RESPOND to the issues raised and ask questions  
  • ADD information to the conversation and continue to ask questions. 

Alright, let's get started!



Travelers' Lunch is a collaborative project and the goal is to foster inclusive community and cultural awareness.Do you or a group you are in have an idea for a future Travelers' Lunch conversation? We would love to work with you!

Tips for thinking about lunch topics:

  • How can an issue you care about be considered through a global lens? (Not sure? We can work on this together!)
  • What kinds of questions or information can you share to encourage curiosity and empathy?

Email to get involved!

Upcoming dates and topics are as follows:

  • Wednesday, October 5 -- “Are You on Time? -- Cultural Differences on Time Perspective”
  • Wednesday, November 2 -- “Let’s Have a Drink! – Cultural Practices on the Table”
  • Wednesday, December 7 -- “Thanks, but... -- Cultural Practices and Taboos on Gift-Giving"

*These lunches are usually hosted on first Wednesdays with occasional adjustments