Invite 4-5 people to lunch. You may use the following verbiage or send your own. Feel free to change it to suit your writing style and personality.
I recently heard about a grassroots initiative focused on Diversity and Inclusion. It’s called DINE! which stands for:
In today’s climate, I believe it is more important than ever to discuss diversity, challenge our own biases, and get to know each others’ stories. I believe many people want to…they just don’t know how to engage in these sensitive conversations. The concept of DINE! is that I will organize a one-time, small lunch with just 4-5 other people where I will invite people who are different from me (different in any way…race, religion, gender, background, culture, upbringing...). At lunch, we will openly share our backgrounds and the lens through which we view life. This is casual, everyone-pays-for themselves, and a great way to network and learn about each other on a deeper level.
I really like this idea, so I’m going to organize a DINE! lunch and I am inviting you to be part of it.
If this lunch sounds good to you, I will look for a date that works for all invited guests. I am looking forward to a great conversation – and perhaps everyone at the lunch will be inspired to host a similar DINE! event as well to keep the grassroots initiative going!