Through Dinner with 12 Strangers (D12), Emory alumni and staff in the Atlanta area open their homes to students for small dinner parties or host the students at local restaurants, bringing these "strangers" together in a warm, friendly environment for good food, conversation, and camaraderie. It’s much more than just a meal.
Students: Please check back in late August for information about the September 2014 dinners.
Hosts: Registration for the September 2014 and February 2015 dinners will open in late July 2014.
The phrase “Dinner with 12 Strangers” may sound intimidating and unusual, but the program aims to build and strengthen the Emory community. D12 connects current Emory students with Emory alumni and faculty and adds a personal touch to their Emory experience. Apart from good food and conversation, the program offers students the opportunity to network with Emory alumni, find out about life after college, and interact with professors and staff outside the classroom. It also provides a chance for students to get a feel for the extended Emory family, and to see how they can stay involved with and connected to Emory after they graduate. For students, it's as easy as signing up and attending. To participate as a host, see details below.
The program format is simple! Local alumni are invited to host dinners, at no cost to their guests, for about 10 students and a couple of faculty and/or staff members (keeping the dietary needs of participants in mind). If you don't have room for 12, feel free to host a smaller dinner. These gatherings can be as formal or as casual as the host desires, and can take place in the host's home, outdoors, or at a restaurant. Dinners can range from a catered affair to a backyard barbecue. As the host, you get to decide on all the details.
Alumni need only to sign up to host a dinner, select a location, decide upon the number of guests, plan the menu, and enjoy the evening. The Emory Alumni Association will take care of the logistics—sending out the invitations to students and faculty, notifying students of the time and location of their dinner, and facilitating the process, etc.
The program is designed to be as rewarding for the hosts as it is for the students. This is the perfect opportunity to share your experiences and connect with members of the Emory community. Alumni who participate will be given an in-kind gift credit for the cost of providing the dinner. If you have any questions, please contact Carol So at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404.712.8418404.712.8418.
We look forward to hearing from you!