Lunch events building bridges between Native and
non-Native students at UM
Condensed by Native Village
When temperatures are well
below freezing, beef stew and chicken soup hit
But it's not the weather which brings people to the
University of Montana's Soup
It's the camaraderie.
Every other week, American Indian Student Services
organizes Soup Friday. U of M students, faculty
and staff gather at the Payne Family Native American Center to enjoy a
hearty bowl of stew, chili or soup.
The tradition began two years ago when Fredricka
Hunter became director of American Indian Student
Services. Hunter hoped the informal lunch would
help Natives and non-Natives build
community, bridge cultures and and use the new Native American Center building.
On Soup Fridays, Hunter invites every student hunched
over books in the Native American Center for a bowl of soup. Some non-Native students
seem surprised by the offer, Hunter said
Thompson was one. Thompson, 50, studies in the center three days a week for
three hours. She jumped at the invitation for a free bowl of
Chicken a la King soup.
"Believe me, I'm going to be back," she said, finishing
up a bowl.
Each Soup Friday is sponsored by a different department
on campus or a community business or organization.
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