Inclusive Dining on Campus
While we truly believe that ‘food is a universal language,’ we also realize and appreciate that food is deeply personal. It’s equally functional to fuel our bodies, as much as it is emotional for comforting our minds and fostering connections around the table.
It’s important to us that everyone feels welcome to our dining tables. Inclusivity around food takes on multiple forms. For our Parkhurst team, it’s focusing on a dining program that works to maximize access to food, consciously creating menus that ensure variety for any dietary restriction or allergy, and genuinely embracing different cultures and religions through cuisines, ingredients, and traditions.
We are actively working to expand our own knowledge of diverse dining needs by proactively and consistently listening to our guests and partners – working together around the dining table to develop programming, recipes, and calendars that embrace inclusion and foster pride for the campus community. These collaborations foster the most meaningful and authentic celebrations, both through the menu and the story around it.
Some of the things we are currently doing:
- Expanding Training and Education - We conduct quarterly Diversity, Equity and Inclusion training to all our team members. We also educate our team members on upcoming non-traditional holidays such as Rosh Hashanah and Ramadan. We share background about the holidays and share what our guests who celebrate may be experiencing and how we can support them.
- Sourcing - We work with vendors from a variety of backgrounds such as Women Owned, Minority Owned and Certified LGBT Business Enterprises. Within our Know Your Source programs, we seek to partner with growers and producers within our operating region who share our passion for food, our commitment to excellence and who foster diversity and inclusion within their company and in their community.
- Supporting Food Insecurity Programs - We partner with CCSJ on donating excess packaged food to the York Road Community Fridge. We also work with the Maryland Food Bank and some local churches to donate excess food in the dining halls.
- Meeting with Students - We meet with students as well as student groups on campus to hear their feedback and work towards a common ground to meet their needs. If you have feedback, or want to set up a meeting, please reach out to our General Manager Lindsay Winn
Inclusive Dining Calendar
We offer a variety of menus and options throughout the year to be inclusive of different backgrounds, origins and religions. Be sure to follow on our social media for most up to date promotions and offerings. Here's a sample of some of the offerings for Fall 2023 semester.
- Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15-Oct 15)
- Mango Sorbet Shake with Tajin Rim (Iggy's Night Hound Special 9/14-17 and 9/21-24)
- Churros Sundae (Iggy's Night Hound Special 9-28-10/1)
- Arroz con Pollo, Apple Empanadas and Tres Leche Cake (Boulder Lunch 10/9)
- Rosh Hashanah
- OTG Limited Edition Apples and Honey Cups (Available in Iggy's 9/15-9/17)
- Yom Kippur (9/24-9/25)
- Breakfast for Dinner with Bagels and Schmear, and Potato Latkes (Boulder 9/25)
- LGBT History Month (October)
- Rainbow Iced Cupcakes on campus for lunch on October 3 to help raise awareness of LGBT History and show our support.
- Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 1-7)
- Join Dining in wearing Green (color for mental health awareness) on Tuesday October 2 to raise awareness for Mental Health.
- World Inclusion Day (October 10)
- Come celebrate World Inclusion Day on Oct 10 with our special “Passport to Authentic Flavors” dinner in Boulder Garden Café 5-9pm. The dining hall menu will feature flavors from all around the world. Link to the menu.
- Stay tuned for more to come
Faith Based Diets
Students who want more information about faith-based dietary accommodations: please reach out to Sean Bray to begin the conversation.
Halal Dining Options
- Greyhound Grille (Grubhub Only)
- Halal Foods available to order from 11 am - 4 pm Mon.-Fri. on Grubhub
- Amy's Frozen Meals (Halal Certified) are available as an entrée on a meal swipe every Wednesday, always available for purchase with meal points.
- Choolaah is an Indian BBQ concept in the student center with a variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes that are Halal friendly. We are currently working on sourcing Halal Chicken for this for Spring 2024.