Travelers' Lunch - *First Wednesdays | University of Portland

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, join the group seated at the tall tables under the flags in the Commons between 12:30 PM and 1:30 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. 

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!

Past lunch topics have included:

  • Cultural differences on time perspective
  • Cultural practices on the table
  • Cultural practices and taboos on gift-giving
  • McDonald's around the world
  • Cultural differences on games and competitiveness

Email to get involved!

Upcoming dates and topics are as follows:

  • Wednesday, April 5th-- Music around the world!

*These lunches are usually hosted on first Wednesdays from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM in the Commons with occasional adjustments