Successfully reported this slideshow.
Dinner With 12 Strangers

   A three-course presentation:
How dining in good company can
help shape the student experience
Agenda (À La Carte)
1. The Premise
2. The Outcome
3. Conclusions and The Future
1) The Premise
• Dinner with 12 Strangers:
  – 12 Strangers sit down to dinner
  – Each stands up at the end with 11 new f...
1) The Premise, cont’d

              Students             Alumni




                                            Dinner w...
1) The Premise, cont’d
• Establish connections
  – Students with students
    • from diverse academic streams and cultural...
1) The Premise, cont’d
• Benefit to Students:
  – Meet alumni and faculty in a relaxed, informal
    setting
  – Establish...
2) The Outcome
• 5 Dinners hosted in 2006-2007
• 150+ students signed up for invitation list
  despite limited promotion
•...
2) The Outcome, cont’d
• “It was one of the best evenings I’ve had since I
  started university.”
• “We were all impressed...
2) The Outcome, cont’d
• “I got to meet so many interesting people –
  even people who were in the same class
  as me, who...
2) The Outcome, cont’d
• “I like that there were professors and
  alumni and students… It created a very
  stimulating atm...
2) The Outcome, cont’d
• “The conversations about why each of us
  came to U of T and what makes us come
  back as a stude...
2) The Outcome, cont’d
• Benefit to Students:
  !Meet alumni and faculty in a relaxed, informal
   setting
  !Establish co...
3) Conclusions & the Future

• Students were touched by the personal
  and intimate nature of these events
• Impressed tha...
3) Conclusions & the Future, cont’d

• Next steps:
  – “Dinner With 12 Strangers” Kit to be made
    available to all Divi...
Last Word
• “I thoroughly enjoyed the Dinner with 12
  Strangers and would recommend it to
  anyone in the U of T communit...
Dinner With 12 Strangers
Dinner With 12 Strangers
Dinner With 12 Strangers
Dinner With 12 Strangers
Dinner With 12 Strangers
Dinner With 12 Strangers
Dinner With 12 Strangers
Dinner With 12 Strangers
Dinner With 12 Strangers
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in …5
×

Dinner With 12 Strangers

404 views

Published on

Published in: Business, Education
  • Be the first to comment

Dinner With 12 Strangers

  1. 1. Dinner With 12 Strangers A three-course presentation: How dining in good company can help shape the student experience
  2. 2. Agenda (À La Carte) 1. The Premise 2. The Outcome 3. Conclusions and The Future
  3. 3. 1) The Premise • Dinner with 12 Strangers: – 12 Strangers sit down to dinner – Each stands up at the end with 11 new friends • Local alumni host dinner for students, faculty, and alumni, in their own home
  4. 4. 1) The Premise, cont’d Students Alumni Dinner with Faculty 12 Strangers • Mix of students, alumni & faculty offered participants a unique and inclusive experience
  5. 5. 1) The Premise, cont’d • Establish connections – Students with students • from diverse academic streams and cultural backgrounds – Students with faculty • to exchange insight and experiences, to increase comfort with faculty – Students with alumni • to experience engagement with the broader U of T community
  6. 6. 1) The Premise, cont’d • Benefit to Students: – Meet alumni and faculty in a relaxed, informal setting – Establish connections beyond immediate peer or academic group – Develop a higher comfort level with faculty and alumni – Experience the broader U of T community
  7. 7. 2) The Outcome • 5 Dinners hosted in 2006-2007 • 150+ students signed up for invitation list despite limited promotion • 10% of registrants were through word-of- mouth or student referrals • 60 participants in total
  8. 8. 2) The Outcome, cont’d • “It was one of the best evenings I’ve had since I started university.” • “We were all impressed by the effort Michael and his wife Jane put into preparing the meal (which yes, was fantastic…) and being invited into someone’s home was a very welcoming experience.” ! Students met alumni and faculty in a relaxed, informal setting
  9. 9. 2) The Outcome, cont’d • “I got to meet so many interesting people – even people who were in the same class as me, whom I had never met.” !Students established connections beyond their immediate peer or academic group
  10. 10. 2) The Outcome, cont’d • “I like that there were professors and alumni and students… It created a very stimulating atmosphere and wasn’t just a typical dinner for students.” !Students developed a higher comfort level with faculty and alumni
  11. 11. 2) The Outcome, cont’d • “The conversations about why each of us came to U of T and what makes us come back as a student or as an alumnus were eye-opening.” • “U of T is as cosmopolitan inside and outside the classroom.” !Students experienced the broader U of T community
  12. 12. 2) The Outcome, cont’d • Benefit to Students: !Meet alumni and faculty in a relaxed, informal setting !Establish connections beyond immediate peer or academic group !Develop a higher comfort level with faculty and alumni !Experience the broader U of T community
  13. 13. 3) Conclusions & the Future • Students were touched by the personal and intimate nature of these events • Impressed that faculty members attend • Appreciated hosts’ efforts and generosity • All participants were highly receptive to this all-inclusive, community-building approach
  14. 14. 3) Conclusions & the Future, cont’d • Next steps: – “Dinner With 12 Strangers” Kit to be made available to all Divisions – Will help even small alumni offices to run the program – Will help expand the number of dinners, participants, and the impact of the program
  15. 15. Last Word • “I thoroughly enjoyed the Dinner with 12 Strangers and would recommend it to anyone in the U of T community.”

×