LINK TO THE COLLABORATIVE DOCUMENT: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1n1DDxcD7FRr5u97vteeb5PPHPHE0pGA497g9H9xq6YE/edit?usp=sharing
The concept is based on cultural similarities. As with many recipe's there are individual ingredients that may not be tasty when eaten alone; for instance: onions, celery, garlic, bell pepper, flour, oil. Individual students represent the individual ingredients.
As gumbo is made, the ingredients are put together....just as students meeting. But as time progresses, the gumbo becomes more flavorful as the ingredients cook. As students spend more time together they become closer and realize that they have more in common than differences. As gumbo is better the next day, time builds bridges between students of different backgrounds. It may be that you pick out the bell pepper, but you don't throw away the entire pot of gumbo. It's alright for students to not have everything in common, but the end product of acceptance becomes evident.