Community. Conversation. Connection.

Learning at Thompson Rivers University goes far beyond the classroom. In-depth conversations with peers and with experts about contemporary social and political issues is an integral part of the university experience and a longstanding tradition on campuses. 

Our Breaking Bread project aims to connect students with community leaders, one conversation at a time. We invite diverse community leaders with a wide range of expertise and interests to have conversations and share food with small groups of students. Our hope is to build community, share perspectives, foster connection, and restore community conversation.  

If you have an idea for a topic, know a great community leader we should connect with, or are interested in joining an upcoming conversation contact or view our upcoming events here. Please note that spots are limited.  

Throughout the year we will be updating the section below with our past conversations. 

Previous Conversations

Breaking Bread: Legal Aid Work in the 21st Century

On March 10, 2022, the Union hosted three local lawyers – Kelly Melnyk, John Gustafson, and Kathy Kendall – to…

Breaking Bread: The World of Cryptocurrency

On March 7, 2022, the Union hosted Dr. David Andolfatto of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis to lead…

Breaking Bread: Anti-Blackness in Higher Education

On February 8, 2022, the Union hosted Dr. Funké Aladejebi, a faculty member from the University of Toronto, to lead…

International Students Share Experiences

On Jan 26, 2022, the Union hosted the TRU Dean of Science, Greg Anderson, and the Assistant Dean of Student…

Students and Community Come Together to Talk about Mental Health

On Oct. 27, 2021, the Union hosted the TRU Dean of Students, Chris Adam, a TRU Counsellor, Ashley Broadfoot, and…

Muslim Students Share Experiences with Deans

On Oct. 20, 2021, the Union hosted the TRU Dean of Business, Mike Henry, and the Dean of Arts, Rick…

Breaking Bread: Is TRU Ready for a Mandatory Indigenization Course?

On Oct. 13, 2021, the Union hosted Dr. Lisa Cooke, a faculty member at TRU, to lead a virtual session…

Students Discuss Intersection Of Climate Change And Community Planning

On Oct. 6, 2021, the Union hosted Dr. Alison Shaw, the Executive Director of Simon Fraser University’s (SFU) Action on…

Join A Breaking Bread Discussion This Fall

Learning at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) goes far beyond the classroom. In-depth conversations with peers and with experts about contemporary…

Len Marchand Jr: Alternative Solutions in the Justice System

March 10, 2021

Dr. Leonie Sandercock: Indigenous Community Planning

February 25, 2021

Dr. Funké Aladejebi: Anti-Blackness in Higher Education

February 9, 2021

Dr. Jeffrey Meyers: Looking Back at the American Election

November 19, 2020

Dr. Jeffrey Meyers: Understanding the American Election

October 19, 2020

Tosh Southwick: Indigenizing Higher Education Discussion

October 6, 2020

Deandra Dey: The Evolving Role of Counselling in the Modern World

September 23, 2020

Student Discussion Series Continues Virtually in Fall

Fall 2020

Doug Herbert: The Role of Media in 2020

August 12, 2020

Mike O’Reilly: The Role of Business in Community Building

February 27, 2020

Dara Johnson: Social Justice in Healthcare

January 27, 2020

Arjun Singh: Opportunities for Climate Action at the Municipal Level

December 11, 2019