A: If international students are living on campus and eating in the cafeteria for the majority of their meals, try to plan diverse meal options, keeping in mind the varying dietary backgrounds of your students.
Ask during the registration process what dietary/religious needs you will need to accommodate. Remember that these can include students fasting during the day, eating before sunrise and after sunset. Accommodations by faculty, coaches, dining hall staff may need to be made.
All students should have the same number of options for meals, regardless of dietary needs. If there is usually one hot meal option, if pork is served, there needs to be a non-pork hot option.
Include the students themselves in planning meals and suggestions.
Make sure that the culturally appropriate spices, sauces or condiments that students are used to having available on a regular basis are provided. Similarly, make sure that cultural musts such as sticky rice, noodles, or kim chee are provided on a regular basis. Host an international dinner with students cooking the dishes for their peers. Celebrate every cultural holiday represented in your student body with a special meal or dish.