Columbia University

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Faculty Student Interaction Dinners

We are happy to announce that with the return to campus this fall, we are bringing back the FSID program. We have, however, made some changes for this semester which I have underlined below, so please read the following information carefully if you are interested in participating.

The purpose of the Faculty/Student Interaction Dinner program is to facilitate informal communication between full-time faculty members and undergraduate students. Faculty members holding a full-time appointment at the rank of Lecturer in Discipline, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor are eligible to host a meal. In order to achieve the goal of fostering informal relationships, the maximum number of students that can be hosted at any meal is 10; the majority of the students attending must be undergraduates. These meals may take place at either the faculty member’s home or at an outside on-campus site (found by the faculty member). For those meals, you must submit an order to us for a meal from one of our participating vendors (please see https://fas.columbia.edu/faculty-student-interaction-dinners). Unfortunately we are not able to include Faculty House as an option for the fall as they have not reopened their dining room and may not do so until much later in the semester.

We ask that you adhere to all Covid-19 guidelines. Please refer to the guidance posted by the University at https://covid19.columbia.edu/content/event-and-gathering-guidance-fall-2021Conditions on campus are subject to change as circumstances change. Please note that should the campus risk level rise to orange, the program will be suspended and all pending meals will be canceled.

We will begin accepting requests to schedule meals for the fall semester on Monday, September 27, 2021. The first day to host a meal is Monday October 4, 2021.

A faculty member wishing to schedule a lunch or dinner should complete the FSID Order Form and the Attendee List, available on our website:  fas.columbia.edu/faculty-student-interaction-dinners. These should be returned to Qamar Said by email to [email protected].  To facilitate processing, it is preferable to submit in PDF format, if possible. 

In order to accommodate the growing popularity of the program, and to allow time to order from the vendor, we must ask that you submit your request well in advance, at least 5 business days in advance. The last day to submit is Monday, November 29, 2021 by 5 PM. Meals are not permitted during the last week of classes, the reading period or finals week. The final date to host a meal for the Fall 2021 semester is Monday, December 6, 2021. 

Copies of the menus from participating restaurants are available on the EVPAS website (please click on the name of the participating restaurant : Famous Famiglia, Manhattan Valley, Nikko HIbachi Asian Fusion, Symposium ). You may also request menu copies from Qamar Said. You must go through us; we cannot reimburse you for meals arranged independently. We cannot add restaurants once the semester has begun. If you have a restaurant that you would like to suggest for inclusion, please forward us a copy of the menu and we will consider the establishment for inclusion in the program in the future.

Upon receipt of your forms, we will place the order with the chosen restaurant.  

Your input and participation is very important. Please feel free to contact me at 212-854-6108 or via email at [email protected] with any questions, comments or concerns you might have. For specific questions regarding meal logistics, please contact Qamar Said at [email protected] or 212-854-6109.


Faculty/Student Interaction Dinner (FSID) - List of attendees

Faculty/Student Interaction Dinner (FSID) - Fall 2021 Order Form