The Ohio State University's Thanksgiving Dinner began 27 years ago as a gathering of 25 students in the Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center. It was initiated by two graduate students (Bill Batson and Lori Waite) who did not have a place to go for the traditional Thanksgiving meal. They invited six of their friends and were prepared to have a potluck Thanksgiving meal. A few days prior to the meal, the director of the Center (Larry Williamson, Jr.) felt that other students were in the same predicament and had Bill Batson make fliers to place in the south campus dorms. As a result of the students' efforts — and years later, with the support of International Affairs and specifically, Kevin Harty, associate director of International Education — the dinner blossomed into one of the largest free Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving Day at a college or university.
Thanksgiving Dinner 2022
Thanksgiving Dinner at the Ohio Union will be held in person this year on Wednesday, November 23 at 12 p.m. in the Archie Griffin Ballroom. The Office of International Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion are excited to host this event on campus once again.
This annual event is free for students, faculty and staff unable to go home or be with family over the holiday. Seating is limited and tickets will be required to enter. Tickets are free and will be available in November.
The free tickets to attend Thanksgiving Dinner at Ohio State will be available on Monday, November 14 at the Office of International Affairs in Enarson Classroom Building, the Information Desk at the Ohio Union and Hale Hall. You must show a BuckID to receive a ticket.