Recipe for unity

Social media often paints the picture of a hyper-divided country, but the American reality is very different. While today’s political discourse can be a source of lingering division, most Americans overwhelmingly believe that diversity makes us stronger and more willing to innovate, solve problems, and navigate a complex world.

In 2017, UnidosUS launched the Rise Above initiative, a campaign to encourage Americans to “rise above” racial, political, and policy differences and unite around a positive vision of the future. One of the campaign activities was Supper United—a multicultural potluck dinner based on a model created and pioneered by Nashville-based Conexión Américas and Dirty Pages. These events brought together people from different backgrounds to eat together at the same table and find shared values and strength in diversity.

Over the next two months, Rise Above and its partners will be hosting similar events called Recipe for Unity in Tampa, Florida; Phoenix, Arizona; Memphis, Tennessee; Durham, North Carolina; and the greater Washington, DC area. Through these events, we hope to bring together Americans from all walks of life to begin building shared experiences through dinner and conversation.

The meal will reflect the American mosaic—grounded in that local community—and create a space for attendees to share their stories, spark a growing dialogue, and ultimately empower community members to host their own events in the future.

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