MENU Events & Coffee Mornings

UCD MENU Summer Quiz, 18 June 2021

Another “work from home” academic year is coming to the end and it’s time to think about the summer holidays. We hope our Culture Café mornings gave you a chance to take a nice break during the day, while learning new facts, engaging in diverse conversations and having fun meeting with other members.

To celebrate we would like to invite you to our Summer Quiz which will be held on Friday, the 18th of June at 11.00.  We have prizes for our top 3 winners. Join us for a fun, multicultural themed quiz while connecting with colleagues at UCD. Book via UCD Booking Centre.

Multicultural Mind Trips, 26 March 2021

How to explore the world without leaving your house? Join our discussion with Agnieszka Lipka-Barnett from the Polish online Radio "New World" to hear her stories about how multiculturalism positively affects the work of broadcasters. Book via UCD Booking Centre.

Can Coaching Enhance Multicultural Workplaces? 5 March 2021

MENU explore Coaching Culture. Join MENU's Joanna Kozielec in conversation with UCD Internal Coaches Nadia Clarkin and Agnieszka Wisniewska on how coaching can enhance Multicultural workplaces. Book your place via UCD Booking System.

MENU Culture Café Series - China Insights, 17 February 2021

Did you know 2021 is the Year of the Ox? Following the success of the "Mulan" coffee morning last week, MENU invites you to our next coffee morning in the "Culture Café" series to discover more about Chinese culture and language for Lunar New Year. Join Dr Linda Yang on Wednesday, 17 February from 11am for "China Insights." Reserve your place via the UCD booking system

MENU Culture Café Series - How Much Does Disney Mulan Tell Us About China? 5 February 2021

To celebrate Luna New Year this February, MENU invites you to our next two coffee mornings in the "Culture Café" series to discover Chinese culture and language. Join Dr Linda Yang on 5 and 17 February from 11am for a look at how Chinese culture is portrayed in Disney’s Mulan and to participate in the interactive “China Insights” session. Reserve your place via the UCD booking system

MENU Culture Café Series - Discovering India, Sankranthi the Harvest Festival, 22 January 2021

To launch MENU's new Culture Café series in 2021, Dr Arun Kumar, Co-Chair of MENU, will tell us about the Hindu Festival of Sankranthi and share some insights into Indian culture on 22 January 2021. Everyone is welcome to join. Book your place via UCD Booking System.

MENU Festive / End of Year Quiz and Stories, 18 December 2020

For our last coffee morning of 2020, MENU invite you to join our celebration where members will share fun and interesting stories on local festive traditions. Bring non-alcoholic mulled wine and wear your Christmas jumpers! Everyone including families and pets welcome. Please register via the UCD Booking System.

MENU Language Series Coffee Mornings, 2020

In 2020, MENU launched a very popular series of coffee mornings covering speed languauge classes and insights into linguistic and cultural themes. Below is a summary of the virtual coffee mornings, hosted by MENU Committee as well as volunteer Network members:

  • Hebrew with Jacon Eisenberg, 4 December 2020
  • Russian with Ulyana joined by Natalia, 20 November 2020
  • Jamrock, with Kristina 06 November 2020
  • Arabic with Suad, 9 October 2020
  • Italian with Licia joined by Antonella, Giuliana, Annamaria and Irene, 25 September 2020
  • Irish with Clár joined by Aisling, 11 September 2020
  • Spanish with Gisela, 14 August 2020
  • The Languages of UCD with Stephen, 17 July 2020

Irish "Staycation", 31 July 2020

MENU's Joanna, Licia and Ulyana share their favourite places in Ireland for a day trip or "staycation" in consideration of the fact that international travel is not recommended during COVID-19. The presentation will feature greenways, family activities, gardens and the best pizza in Dublin! Register via UCD's booking system for the Zoom link.

MENU "Yoga at Your Desk" Coffee morning, 19 June 2020

MENU invites you to a fully guided desk-based yoga session. You will not need any special equipment, just Zoom in and enjoy a few stretches and some relaxation. Register on UCD Booking Centre for more details and to receive the Zoom link.

MENU Multicultural Quiz, 5 June 2020

For the first June coffee morning on Friday 5 June at 11am, we have something fun planned for you: join us for the MENU Multicultural Quiz! If you'd like to test your multicultural knowledge and learn something new about another culture, register for this coffee morning via InfoHub now! 
All you need is your mobile phone to participate - we will be using, just open the webpage or app before the quiz starts and enter the game PIN which will be provided at the start of the coffee morning. You will receive the Zoom invitation separately via email.
Movie night? Speed language classes? 
We are planning more activities for future coffee mornings - if you have any ideas or suggestions for future coffee mornings themes and activities, please get in touch! 
MENU coffee mornings are now taking place bi-weekly on Fridays at 11am. Make sure you follow our Twitter account to get the latest news and activities. 

All EDI Networks Mindfulness Coffee Morning - 1 May

On the occasion of Workplace Wellbeing Dat on Friday 1 May from 10:15am, MENU is going to host an all-EDI-Networks coffee morning featuring a Mindfulness session. 
Guest speaker David Delaney from the UCD Mindfulness Group will deliver the guided meditation at 10:30am, followed by time to chat and network with colleagues active in the EDI space.
Register via UCD Booking System here and you will receive the Zoom link via email.  

Virtual Coffee Mornings during Covid-19 - 26 March 10am

Due to UCD's closure following the Covid-19 situation and with most of us now working from home, regrettably MENU cannot continue with our monthly MENU coffee mornings on campus. 
A lot of our MENU members are international employees who may lack a local support network. With self-isolation on the horizon, this can be a lonely time for many. We want to continue to create opportunities for our members to network and chat and we thought a good way to do this under the circumstances would be to create a virtual hangout for MENU members.
We held our first virtual coffee morning on 26 March 2020 where members joined us with their teas and coffees on Google Hangouts to get tips on working from home, self-care and wellbeing (physical and mental) or just to connect with other MENU members. 
MENU will continue to hold weekly coffee mornings on Tursday mornings at 10:30am via Zoom. Members will receive the Zoom invitation via email. If you'd like to join MENU or the coffee mornigns (everyone is welcome!) please email us at
Update: MENU will now hold bi-weekly coffee mornings on Fridays at 11am via Zoom, beginning 5 June. 

'Last PIZZA Summer' - 21st August 2019

MENU and the UCD Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Unit are pleased to invite all Network members to join us for a farewell to summer on Wednesday 21st August. 

Come along for a last 'piece of' summer, meet colleagues interested in celebrating cultural diversity at UCD and enjoy some pizza and interactive games. This event is open to all MENU members but registration is essential for catering purposes. 

Register via Eventbrite now at this link: Eventbrite - MENU Last Pizza Summer Event

If you have any dietary requirements please email us at  

Monthly Coffee Mornings

Following our very successful Coffee Morning on 5th June in the Global Lounge, MENU have committed to holding monthly coffee mornings on Campus on the last Thursday of each month at 11am.

We would encourage all our international colleagues and anyone with an interest in different cultures to join the Network and the coffee mornings. Come and find out more about what we have planned! Feel free to bring your colleagues, refreshments will be provided.

If you'd like to register for our coffee mornings, please email us at