Participating is free and easy, with Village staff providing technical assistance and the Community Relations Commission covering all costs associated with the dinner. Here's how the program works…
- A community resident hosts a dinner in his or her home or other place they choose
- The host selects the dinner topic and invites no more than 12 guests of diverse backgrounds to attend
- The dinner host briefly highlights the issue or topic of discussion and helps move the dialogue toward exploring various facets of the issue
- Dinner guests then are asked to share their experiences and ideas as well as thoughts for future action
The program has no real rules, other than everyone must participate in the dialogue. The overall goal is to get residents of various backgrounds to talk candidly with each other, an essential step toward greater cultural understanding and cooperation that will extend beyond the dinner experience.