Thanksgiving Dinner 2015
In autumn of 1991, two graduate students approached Larry Williamson, the director of the Hale Black Cultural Center, about holding a potluck Thanksgiving Day meal in the Hale Center for Ohio State students living outside of Ohio who were unable to leave for Thanksgiving.
Over the ensuing 24 years, more students participated, particularly international students, and additional units sponsored the event. The dinner is now hosted by The Ohio State University as a Signature Event and supported by the Hale Center in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of International Affairs. The free event, which has been called the largest Thanksgiving dinner on a college campus, provides a Thanksgiving dinner for students, faculty and staff who are unable to travel to their homes for the holiday and also a place for diverse communities to come together for an educational and positive discussion about different cultures.
This year’s dinner at the Ohio Union included more than 1000 students, faculty and staff, and their families who were fed during the two seatings. To get an understanding of the amount of food served, this year’s dinner included approximately 650 pounds of turkey, over 400 pounds each of green beans and corn, and 30 gallons of gravy. Nearly 200 volunteers from the university community – including Ohio State President Michael Drake, MD – helped to serve the dinner.
All photos courtesy of Ira Graham III.