Dinners for 12 are designed to bring together alumni who likely don’t know each other well.
At these dinners, alumni can share lively conversation, a love of Lehigh, and a unique connection you’ll only find by discussing engaging topics with people you don’t yet know well.
Lehigh staff and faculty often host Dinners for 12 when they’re traveling to an event or conference as a way to meet local alumni and bring Lehigh updates to the area. In 2022, Lehigh wants to offer even more Dinners for 12, which is why we’re accepting applications from alumni to host their own dinners. These can be virtual or in person and focus on a topic of the host’s choice.
Interested in hosting a Dinner for 12?
Contact: Brittany Erdman
Director, Regional and Affinity Strategy
Frequently Asked Questions
Lehigh staff and faculty host Dinners for 12 to meet new people in an area they’re visiting or start conversation around a specific topic. We often build our invite lists from alumni who have attended other events or engaged with Lehigh before; get on our list by getting involved! Volunteer, join Lehigh Connects, or attend other events in your area. Alumni hosts can also set different criteria, so watch your inbox, and make sure we have your most up-to-date contact information. Invites will always come via email.
Absolutely! Starting in 2022, any alumni will be welcome to host a Dinner for 12. Host applications will be accepted from all alumni. To apply, hosts will need to provide a specific event discussion topic, format (virtual or in person), and proposed criteria for attendance.
Brown bag lunches, morning coffees, and other flexible formats are welcome. These gatherings are primarily in person, but virtual events are also encouraged to bring together different groups of people who might not be able to gather in person.
Previously, we’ve gathered with alumni to discuss hot topics at Lehigh, allow alumni to learn more about volunteering, or to have a topical discussion with a faculty member traveling through town. Topics should be clearly defined and facilitated by hosts with some knowledge of the topic.