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BCBP small group lunch interest meeting

June 6, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Small group lunch on June 6th at 12pm catered lunch for small group interest meeting
location to be announced – only for those who RSVP’d ahead of time.

As there are several new people in the department and the pandemic slowed down our ability to come together, we are excited to announce the re-launch of Small Group Lunches! In order to kick off this event Qi Zhang and our newest faculty member, Chrystal Starbird, are going to host an optional medium-sized group for a catered lunch on June 6th at 12pm (you do not need to join this lunch in order to join the program).

Wait, what are small group lunches? These lunches are an opportunity to get to know other members of the department. Every month you will get an assignment of 4-5 new people to meet with for lunch or coffee, which you schedule at your leisure. These are casual and informal lunches designed to help everyone get to know one another. We will provide suggested icebreakers and practices to get the conversation started, but these lunches can be whatever your group decides. Every effort will be made to ensure the groups do not have people all from the same lab in them or with the same role (all staff or all students), to encourage everyone in the department getting to know one another. One person in the group will be responsible for helping to schedule each month.

Is lunch included? It is bring your own lunch or you can meet for coffee, to provide flexibility. However, if you quickly sign up for the first lunch, there will be good food and greater company!

Is this mandatory? Well, that wouldn’t be fun. No, signing up is optional, but I promise you’ll be missing out if you don’t sign up.

How long will this go on? Well, this partially depends on the number who sign upbut lunches will likely go on for a few months, so that you can get to know many different people within the department. The scheduling will be flexible according to your group and should only require about an hour each month of your time. Lunches will start in June.

Is this for me? Yes! For everyone! Seriously.

So, what do I need to do to sign up? Simply complete this form and we’ll be in touch soon with more details!

We will keep the form open until June 1st, so please sign up soon! The kick-off lunch will be first come first serve and you can sign up using the same form above. We really hope you’ll join us! Please feel free to reach out to members of the DEI Committee and/or Chrystal Starbird ( if you have questions and/or need more convincing to join.


The BCBP DEI Committee


June 6, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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