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Host a Dinner with Techers

Thank you for your interest in participating in the Dinner with Techers program! Hosting a Dinner with Techers gives you the opportunity to engage with current Caltech students, share advice about navigating life after Caltech, and learn more about what’s happening on campus today. Before hosting, please review our guidelines and FAQs. If you have any further questions about the program, feel free to contact us at any time.

What does hosting a dinner entail?

As a host, you will treat 4-6 graduate or undergraduate students for dinner at a location within six miles of Caltech. Meals can happen at a nearby restaurant or at your home if you live within a six mile radius of Caltech. We take care of getting students to your dinner and each dinner will have a student facilitator to help coordinate logistics.

Alumni hosts are responsible for the cost of the meal, but keep in mind that the expense can be counted as a donation to Caltech and may be tax-deductible. Please keep your receipts from the dinner and send them to the Alumni Association so that we can count your expense as a gift in kind donation.

You can learn more about hosting by reviewing our host guidelines and FAQs. If you have any questions, contact Margot Clifford, Manager of student and recent alumni programs, at studentprograms@alumni.caltech.edu.

Guidelines:

  • It is expected that all individuals adhere to the Caltech Honor Code.

  • No alcohol may be served or consumed at the meal.

  • Alumni hosts are responsible for paying for the meals.

  • Meals should take place within a six mile radius of campus. They can happen at a nearby restaurant or at your home if you live within a six mile radius of Caltech.

  • The Dinner with Techers program is not meant to be used as a recruiting tool.

  • Alumni hosts are asked to take a group photo during their event and send it to studentprograms@alumni.caltech.edu to help the CAA promote student and alumni participation in this program.

FAQs:

How do I sign up to be a host?
Alumni can indicate their interest in hosting a Dinner with Techers by completing our online host interest form. Please note that completing this form does not automatically confirm your participation as a host for this program.

How many students can I host?
You can expect 4-6 students to be part of your dinner.

Can I request to host students in specific Divisions, options, etc.?
Yes! Once you complete the host application, we will be in touch regarding next steps. If you would prefer to host students with a particular background or field of study, you can let us know. We will do our best to match you with students who meet your preferences.

When can I host my dinner?
If you’re able to join us for Dinner with Techers, you will be hosting a dinner on Saturday, February 23rd at 6 PM. If you aren’t able to take part in Dinner with Techers, we can discuss other dates and times for you to host students for dinner.

Where can I host my lunch or dinner?
Meals should take place within a six mile radius of campus. They can happen on campus, at a nearby restaurant, or at your home (if you live within a six mile radius of Caltech).

Will I be reimbursed by Caltech for meal expenses?
Alumni hosts are responsible for the cost of the meal, but keep in mind that the expense can be counted as a donation to Caltech and may be tax-deductible.  Please be sure to keep your receipts.

Can alcohol be served?
We ask that alumni and students refrain from ordering or consuming alcohol.

Is transportation arranged for the students?
Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from dinner.

Will I receive a list of student participants prior to the meal?
Yes—we’ll be sure to let you know who will be joining you in advance of your dinner.  

For more information, contact Margot Clifford, Manager of Student and Recent Alumni programs at studentprograms@alumni.caltech.edu.