Thanksgiving table

CU at the table—looking for Thanksgiving hosts for International students

October 21, 2019

It’s going to be Turkey Day soon, as most Coloradans know. But CU Denver’s International students will not necessarily be aware of Thanksgiving Day in the United States—and all the customs that go along with the celebration. CU at the Table aims to shed light on the typical American feast by inviting university students from other countries to participate in holiday dinners hosted by alumni, faculty, and staff.

A joint venture between the Office of International Affairs and the Office of Advancement, CU at the Table was Chancellor Dorothy Horrell‘s idea. She wanted to invite international students into American homes to share a meal and enjoy cross-cultural exchange. More than 1,400 students from over 65 countries attend CU Denver, and they might be surprised by many traditional Thanksgiving traditions:

  • Carving the turkey—who gets the honors and why?
  • Stuffing the bird—what goes inside anyway?
  • Making the gravy—from a packet or made from drippings?
  • Managing the table conversation—what topics should guests avoid?
group of international students in kitchen
International students with their hosts at one of the past CU at the Table holiday dinners.

Other enigmas might include gelatinous cranberry, sought-after wishbones, and float-filled parades. If you’re interested in helping international students understand the cultural meaning of these and other Thanksgiving traditions, then please click on the sign-up button. Individuals can host on Thanksgiving Day—or on any date from Nov. 10 – 30. Hosts need to register by Friday, Nov. 1, 2019.

International students can also sign up for CU at the Table 2019 by clicking the sign-up button. Please join local CU friends who want to welcome you into their homes and engage in meaningful conversation.