Dinner with Six
Dinner with Six
Presented by the NYU Alumni Association, the Dinner with Six program traditionally provides an opportunity for students and alumni to connect over a casual, relaxed meal.
Students are invited into alumni homes and nearby restaurants for dinner. For students, it's an opportunity to enjoy a free meal, meet other students, and connect with alumni based upon a career field or interest. For alumni, it’s an opportunity to mentor students, share your experience, and make a difference to a future generation.
Dinner with Six – Fall 2020
As a result of the developments of the pandemic, the Dinner with Six program is being held virtually for the remainder of the year.
Launched virtually in Spring 2020, the virtual dinner with six program has proven to be just as impactful as our in-person program. Whether virtual or in-person, the goal of Dinner with Six remains the same – to connect students and alumni in hopes that they forge strong relationships rooted in guidance and support.
Whether you’re located in Abu Dhabi, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Washington, D.C, Madrid, or anywhere else in the world, the virtual Dinner with Six Program crosses all boarders to allow for student and alumni engagement.
Since its inauguration in April 2015, 29 alumni have hosted 26 dinners in locations around Manhattan and Brooklyn, as well as Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, Paris, London, and Buenos Aires; the program will soon expand to other global locations.
While a great experience for students, alumni hosts also find value in the dinners. As one host commented:
“I think it is extremely important to have alumni in strategic conversations with students; both sides have so much to gain.”
Dinners will be held virtually from November 2 – November 20, 2020
If you are interested in hosting a virtual dinner, please complete the interest form by September 28, 2020. “Dinners” will be hosted as meetings via zoom. If selected as a host, we will follow up with you.
The NYU Alumni Association hosts this event in the fall and winter in New York City and in the spring in our global locations. We hope that you will get involved!
Frequently Asked Questions
When can I host my dinner?
Dinner with Six is organized around a four-week block during the fall semester in NYC, and during the spring semester in NYC, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, and other global locations. Hosts may register for one of the dates during this time period. Dinner start times are up to the host, though most dinners begin between 6 PM and 7 PM.
Where can I host my dinner?
Hosts may host their dinner at a location of their choosing, whether at home or at a favorite restaurant. We ask that the location be accessible by public transport and within close proximity to NYU.
How many students can I host?
The average group size is six students.
Will I be reimbursed by New York University for dinner expenses?
We appreciate the generosity of our hosts. Unfortunately, NYU is unable to reimburse dinner expenses.
Can I target my student audience? (i.e. to a specific school)
Yes. If you prefer to host students from a specific school(s), please share those details when you accept the offer to host. Attendee preferences will be added to your dinner details on the student registration page. Note: student registration is first come, first served; 100% exclusivity of your target audience is not guaranteed.
Why is my dinner not full?
Students can register for a dinner of their choosing, which may be based on professional interests, shared hobbies, NYU activities etc. Dinners with detailed host descriptions (e.g. information about career, interests, NYU engagement) are more likely to fill. We ask hosts to provide as much information as possible when they register.
Though we emphasize commitment expectations to students in all of our communications, please note that late cancellations and additions are common. We will try our very best to fill open spots during the week of dinners and notify hosts as soon as changes arise. We appreciate your understanding.
Will I receive a student list and dietary needs prior to dinner?
Yes. We will email hosts a student guest list with names, ages, schools, dietary restrictions, special needs, and other details approximately one week before the dinner and/or as the dinner reaches capacity. Since there are often changes leading up to the dinner, we stay in close contact with students and hosts, and notify hosts as updates or cancellations arise.
Can alcohol be served at the dinner?
Yes, based on national laws. If providing alcohol, we ask hosts to use their discretion and only serve to those who are of legal drinking age (21+). Ages are provided in the student guest lists sent to hosts before the dinner. It may be helpful to make a pre-meal announcement to remind students under 21 to refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages.
Can I host again?
Of course! We hope you find this experience valuable and will want to host another dinner in the future. Please remember, host registration is first come, first served and capped each semester. We encourage registering as soon as possible.
Please contact Catherine Hall at Catherine.Hall@nyu.edu or 212-998-6892 if you have any other questions or would like more information about the program in NYC. For questions about the program outside of the USA, please contact Xin Wei (Shanghai) at firstname.lastname@example.org, John Pine (Abu Dhabi) at email@example.com, Casey McAlpin (all other international locations) at firstname.lastname@example.org.