University of Toronto

Innis Alumni & Friends

Dinner with 12 Strangers

Interested in hosting a Dinner with 12 Strangers?

Dinner with 12 Strangers is a new alumni-student program which invites local alumni to host dinners in their homes for students, faculty and fellow alumni. The Dinner is one of many programs that the University has introduced in an effort to make U of T a smaller, more intimate place.

If you are interested in hosting a Dinner with 12 Strangers, please contact the Innis Alumni Office at 416-978-3424 or by email at

Saima Khan, a first-year Innis College student studying Life Sciences, writes about Dinner with Twelve Strangers at alumnus Matt Chapman’s house:

In a place like the University of Toronto, meeting with the same people every day is next to impossible. Getting to know the alumni is even harder. However, thanks to the University of Toronto Alumni Association, those who wish to expand their social circle and become involved on a greater scale are given just the opportunity. Dinner with Twelve Strangers at the residence of Matthew Chapman (U of T grad) was one such event where students from different faculties and colleges got together for a casual evening of conversation and fun.

Programs like Dinner with Twelve Strangers offer students the opportunity to connect with faculty, alumni and other students.  As such, the Dinner bridged the gap between undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, and faculty. The gathering was a perfect representation of the University of Toronto, where diversity is celebrated and the opinion of everyone is respected, regardless of where they are from, what they are studying, or what their point of view may be.  A highlight of the evening? Innis College Principal Janet Paterson helping Matthew and wife Danielle prepare a truly scrumptious meal.