Smith College Admission Academics Student Life About Smith news Offices
Five College Calendar
Smith eDigest
Submit an Idea
News Archive
News Publications
Planning an Event
Contact Us
News & Events
   Date: 11/20/12 Bookmark and Share

A Home for the Holiday

By Anne Berman '15

As an annual hostess of Thanksgiving dinners, Smith staff member Jan Morris was inspired by one of her guests to launch a program for students who do not otherwise have a destination for the holiday.

One of the regulars at Morris’ annual feast is her cousin and her cousin’s two children, adopted from China.

“I thought that it would be great to have a student from China come to dinner to talk about her country,” said Morris, who works in the Office of Student Affairs. “The program launched in 2010, and it just kind of built from there.”

In recent years, Smith’s percentage of international students has been steadily growing. Given the time commitment and cost of travel, many of the approximately 12 percent of the students from outside the United States remain on campus for the four-day break that commences Wednesday.

In 2010, the year Smith launched the “Thanksgiving Match Program,” nine Smith faculty and staff members volunteered to host 14 students. The numbers have remained in that range during the two years since.

“I think the program is good for both international students who want to participate in this piece of American culture, and for faculty and staff who get to spend time with these students,” said Morris. “We’ve gotten really positive feedback from participants.”

This year the program is also open to domestic students remaining on campus, as well as international students.

Students staying on campus over Thanksgiving break who would like to participate should contact Morris via email,, using the subject line “Thanksgiving Match Host.”

DirectoryCalendarCampus MapVirtual TourContact UsSite A-Z