Multicultural Eating and Learning (M.E.A.L)
Coordinator of Spanish Level 101
Spanish and Portuguese Department
The purpose and goal of the M.E.A L. (Multicultural Eating and Learning) project is tocreate and sustain a living environment that fosters creativity, open-mindedness, and toleranceby using cooking to explore other cultures, and to form a familial community. Our community’s formation will broaden our horizons, and teach us how to prepare many different types of healthier and tastier food.
The Living Learning Community is meant to foster much more than a typical college housing experience. People who participate in these communities are obviously expected to learn something from them. The members of M.E.AL. will surely learn to be more creative, willing to try and accept both new ideas and dishes by the end of the year. We will nurture ourbudding gusto for cooking and exploring cultures by preparing and eating meals together, which will truly encompass the idea of “learning through experience.” Our weekly meals will be an open forum to discuss preconceived notions, stereotypes, facts, stories, and recipes from that month’s culture and will help abolish the prejudices that we may have formed about certain cultures in the past.