Deep Dive Detroit is a dinner & dialogue series created by Lauren Hood to bring together longtime city residents with newcomers & visitors to foster greater trust & understanding.



As Detroit welcomes new people, the need for listening & learning across generations & neighborhoods grows. Newcomers want a deeper understanding of the city's history, and longtime residents want more opportunities to share this history. Deep Dive Dinners offer a welcoming space for this exchange.



Dinners are carefully curated for diversity. Dialogue is moderated cultural placekeeper Lauren Hood, who received her Masters Degree in Community Development from University of Detroit Mercy and has is a trained facilitator. Meals are prepared by local chefs with deep city roots & a passion for storytelling.


Deep Dive Dinners are hosted with the Urban Consulate, a network of parlors for urban exchange. A winner of the Knight Cities Challenge, the Consulate convenes conversations in Detroit, Philadelphia & New Orleans to bring people together and share ideas for better cities.



After hosting dinners for national conferences—including Meeting of the Minds, Congress for the New Urbanism and Legacy Cities—Deep Dive is seeking sponsorship for a dinner & dialogue series in metro-Detroit. Interested in helping us create meaningful conversations? Contact us here.

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In July 2016, Lauren & Claire sat down with Lester Graham of Michigan Radio to talk about implicit bias & undoing racism: