Step 1 - Welcome participants
At the beginning of the session, remind everyone why you are there. The goal is to create a welcoming, inclusive space where people feel safe to share. Encourage everyone to leave their judgments and biases behind (we all have them!) and simply seek to listen and understand others’ experiences.
Step 2 - Share stories
You may wish to go first to share your story to set the pace and the tone. What should you share? Whatever you are comfortable with regarding your background and how you see the world. You may offer some insights into challenges you have had and what you have done to overcome them. Some ideas of what you may want to share – your experience with:
Step 3 - Engage in dialogue
It’s recommended that questions are held until the end to ensure everyone has had an opportunity to share before time expires. Suggested questions could be “what was that particular experience like?” or “what was most challenging about that situation?” A great way to begin a dialogue is to open with "tell me more about..."
Step 4 - Take a photo!
Take a selfie or capture a screenshot of your DINE! lunch and send it to to all participants to commemorate the event.
Step 5 - Keep it going
Encourage all participants to host their own DINE! to keep the dialogue going. Although this is a one-time event, see if there is an interest to gather this same group together for another DINE! lunch down the road to stay in contact and learn more about one another.