Arrive not knowing anyone and depart as friends. In short, that’s the idea behind UCLA’s Dinner for 12 Strangers, during which people with only their affiliation with UCLA as alumni, students, staff and faculty members in common, come together at homes literally the world over — for an evening of food, conversation and connection.

In its 50 years the program has united tens of thousands of people at thousands of dinners. In 2017, more than 3,700 students, faculty and alumni combined to attend more than 400 Dinner for Strangers events in locations that spanned the globe.

As Dinner for 12 Strangers prepared to enter its golden anniversary year, this proud university tradition — which falls under a suite of programs managed by UCLA’s Student Alumni Association — strives for even greater engagement and participation.

Read the full story and learn how you can host or attend a dinner on the UCLA Alumni Association website.