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In our extremely diverse society, many people struggle to accept those who are different, whether it's because we fear or are suspicious of those differences or are simply more comfortable with what we know. The June/July issue of School Nutrition, SNA's award-winning flagship publication, asks readers to reflect on how we react when confronted by these differences. We all can do more to embrace the delightful differences that make each of us unique. The articles in this issue celebrate and shed more light on multiple types of diversity. Also in this issue, Ruby Reader returns-find Ruby on 20 pages throughout the issue and you could win a prize!
As this issue went to press, school lunch was a particularly hot news topic. "Dispatches From the Eye of the Storm" cuts through the noise and answers some of the questions you might have about SNA's advocacy efforts, the response to them-and the role you can play in going forward.
SNA moves closer to the strategic realignment of its goals and resources, following extensive discernment and analysis in the development of a comprehensive new strategic plan. "Falling Into Place" outlines the plan's goals and objectives and identifies the next steps.
Dive into this issue's diversity theme with a collection of statistics, trivia, suggestions, reminders, quotes and short activities to engage you in awakening your diversity consciousness in "Assorted Thoughts on Our Assorted Differences."
Men have introduced a particular kind of diversity to their department operations and their school communities. Male school nutrition professionals from across the country share their experiences and reflections in "Strangers in a Strange Land." Bonus Web Content: Don't miss additional online-only reflections on being a male minority in the school nutrition profession.
For many, religious faith is a fundamental facet of their identity. Understanding some of the basic tenets of that faith is a crucial step in building an atmosphere of inclusion and respect. "A Kaleidoscope of Faith: Religions of the World and a World of Diversity" offers a brief overview of some of the world's major faith traditions. Bonus Web Content: Learn more about Chinese Traditional Religions, which are practiced by some 400 million Chinese.
"ANC 2014: History in the Making" has everything you need to know before setting out for ANC in Boston July 13-16, 2014. Bonus Web Content: Check out advice for first-time attendees and some additional Boston landmarks you'll want to add to your Beantown tour in the evenings.
Learn all about the exhibitors and special highlights that you'll find at ANC's Exhibit Hall in "ANC Boston Primer: A Wicked Good Exhibit Hall Awaits."
SNA introduces an improved Star Club program to reward indispensable member recruitment efforts. "You Could Be Swingin' on a Star!" has all the details.
Although a millennia-old dish, salad today is spinning new delight wherever it's offered throughout the foodservice industry-especially in school nutrition operations. "Salad Days" takes a look. Bonus Web Content: Online-only content examines the types of salad that exist in today's cuisines and puts the spotlight on specific salad-related trends.