Please take a moment to read some of our tips for an inclusive lunchtime.
Listen actively, take note of interactions and pay attention to nonverbal cues, which make up most of our daily communication. “Listen to hear” instead of listening to speak!
Understand that students may be reluctant to tell you they are being harassed or bullied. Watch for indirect signs that things are not going well: stomach aches, headaches, irritability, social withdrawal, a sudden change in behavior.
No one eats alone. Make a commitment to Lunchroom Chat tables or brainstorm how your school can ensure that everyone has a lunchtime pal.
Champion respect for everyone in your school. You can be an upstander simply by being a student role model inside and out of the Cafeteria.
Have conversations that promote respect and value all members of your community.
Trusted adults can help! Don’t be afraid to talk to your teacher, especially when you’re looking for solutions.
Identify student leaders who can be classroom and cafeteria allies for students experiencing a challenging time.
Make your goals public with a social vision statement. Let it be known that your entire school community is committed to and accountable for promoting inclusivity at lunchtime.
Empathy is powerful – take time to put yourself in another’s shoes and let them know they are not alone.
Track all the times you intervene on behalf of another classmate and challenge your friends (and yourself!) to a friendly game of No Bully Bingo.
Improve your communal space by brainstorming ways to make your cafeteria welcoming of everyone.
Promote random acts of kindness. Share your snack today, give a compliment, or surprise someone with a thoughtful note.
Stand by your friends and peers, listen and honor confidentiality (e.g. “whatever we say stays in this room”), EXCEPT if you or someone is going to harm yourself/themselves, someone else, or someone is harming you/them.