Dinner in a US Home

The Dinner in a U.S. Home program provides an opportunity for international students (and all students who would like to be involved) to connect beyond Texas A&M University - Galveston Campus (TAMUG) and to better acculturate into the TAMUG community. In particular, this program is designed to foster new friendships that promote cultural learning and appreciation for both hosts and students. Dinner in a U.S. Home renders a casual environment that promotes the open exchange of cultural experiences, customs and ideas.

Registration is open! The Office of Student Diversity Initiatives and Research & Graduate Studies is recruiting interested individuals or families who are willing to open their home for one evening and invite an international student for dinner. Further details for this event will be provided by email to those who register for the program. To find out more information, please contact Dr. Kenyatta Dawson.

Host Information

Hosts include TAMUG students, alumni, and employees. By participating in the program, you become a part of a growing tradition that enriches the lives of international students. If you are interested in becoming a host for this program, please contact Dr. Kenyatta Dawson to fill out the Host Sign-Up Form. Once you are matched and you are hosting more than one student, you can host them individually, as a group, or however you choose. Contact your guests in a timely manner to make arrangements. For dates and time, please attempt to host the student during the month in which you registered. Example: If you registered for both November 2015 and February 2016, please attempt to contact and host your student for each prospective month during that particular time frame.

Disclaimer: Please note that for our annually run program, Host/Student matching will begin starting in October. Registration will open for hosts in July and for students in September. Student registration (and periodically Host registration) will be closed as needed when the slots available are filled. Please be aware that this program will not be matching during the winter holiday. The Office of Diversity and Research & Graduate Studies monitors the number of students who register to ensure that host and student matching is processed smoothly. 

Important: By selecting multiple months for participation, please note that you are willing to participate for each selected month. For example, if you select November 2015 and February 2016, you will be matched with a student (if possible pending registration numbers) for each month and with a different international student for each selected month.

Once you are matched with an international student, the Office of Diversity will contact you for details.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to email Dr. Kenyatta Dawson or visit the Frequently Asked Questions section on this page.

Student Information

All enrolled international students and students holding citizenship at TAMUG are invited to participate in Dinner in a U.S. Home. You may bring friends, spouses, and children to dinner (just be sure you include them when you register). Once you have registered you will wait until you are matched and your host contacts you to make dinner arrangements.  If you are interested in this program, please contact Dr. Kenyatta Dawson to fill out the Student Sign-Up Form.

Disclaimer: Please note that for our annually run program, Host/Student matching will begin starting in October. Registration will open for hosts in July and for students in September. Student registration (and periodically Host registration) will be closed as needed when the slots available are filled. Please be aware that this program will not be matching during the winter holiday. The Office of Diversity and Research & Graduate Studies monitors the number of students who register to ensure that host and student matching is processed smoothly. 

Note: When maximum capacity of student registration occurs, we will close student registration temporarily. If our host capacity increases, we will increase the student capacity by reopening student registration.

Once you are matched with a host family, the Office of Diversity will send an email notification providing details and guidance for your Dinner in a U.S. Home.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to email Dr. Kenyatta Dawson or visit the Frequently Asked Questions section on this page.

Questions & Answers (Q&A)

The purpose of the Dinner in a U.S. Home program is to match international students with a host from TAMUG. Through this informal program, students will be matched with local hosts and enjoy a casual dinner together. To receive an application to be a host or a student attendee, please contact Dr. Kenyatta Dawson. You will be emailed a registration form. In the subject line please type "Dinner in a US Home Application".

Who can participate?

Students: All students are welcome to apply. Priority may be given to international students.

Hosts: Hosts are TAMUG students, alumni, and employees. Any person(s) affiliated with TAMUG and has an interest in helping others and learning more about other cultures is encouraged to participate.

What are my responsibilities?

Students: You are expected to be a respectful, gracious guest. You are also expected to be punctual and honor your host’s time. A small token of thanks is not necessary, but always appreciated.
Hosts: After you receive a confirmation email from Dr. Kenyatta Dawson with your student(s) information, you are expected to contact the student(s) to arrange a date and time for your dinner and transportation (if necessary). You will prepare a meal of your choosing to share with the students. You are also expected to provide a welcoming environment. Participation is voluntary, thus there is no payment or reimbursement for the costs of the meal.

What do you consider when making a match?

Students: When you register for Dinner in a U.S. Home you will be given an opportunity to select your preferences on items such as whether or not you are comfortable with domesticated animals, if you have your own transportation or if you will need a ride to dinner, how many family members (if any) you will bring with you and any food or dietary restrictions you may have. Please be as honest as possible when making your selections to ensure the best dinner experience. You will be matched with a host based on your interests and needs.
Hosts: When you register for Dinner in a U.S. Home you will be asked several questions including whether or not you have domesticated animals, if you will be willing to provide transportation (some students do not own their own vehicle) and how many students you are willing to accommodate. Please be as honest as possible when completing these questions so that we can best accommodate your needs. Please also be aware that due to religious or cultural beliefs, some students may have certain dietary restrictions. We suggest discussing these with your designated students prior to dinner. You will be matched with a student based on your interests and needs.

Once I have been matched, what do I do next?

Students: Wait to be contacted by your host to make arrangements.
Hosts: If you are hosting more than one student, you can host them individually, as a group, or however you choose. Contact your guests in a timely manner to make arrangements. For dates and time, please attempt to host the student during the month in which you registered. Example: If you registered for both November 2015 and February 2016, please attempt to contact and host your student for each prospective month during that particular time frame.

What if I have another question? 

Please contact Dr. Kenyatta Dawson if you have any questions.