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Welcome Home Plate

Established by the Cornell University Student Assembly's City and Local Affairs Committee, Home Plate is a program that strives to bridge the Cornell and Ithaca communities through regular dinners between small groups of Cornell students and Ithaca residents. Home Plate is inspired by a similar program at Washington University in St. Louis. Students at Washington University greatly appreciate the opportunity to leave campus, enjoy a home cooked meal, and embrace a new family as almost their own in the surrounding community. Participating families in the program love to have engaging and delightful young students in their house for an informal dinner. We believe it's a win-win for everyone and a phenomenal way to bridge the Cornell and Ithaca communities. 

Similar to Home Plate, the Cornell International Students and Scholars Office runs the Cornell International Friendship Program (CIFP). This program connects local Ithaca residents to an international student for cultural, educational, and social support. We encourage you to check out the CIFP. Participation in the CIFP and Home Plate, however, is not mutually exclusive. Rather, in conjunction, both programs better realize their own missions in improving the individual experiences of students and local residents while strengthening the ties within our shared community. 

Thank you for considering joining Home Plate for the academic year. 

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Home Plate is supported by Student and Campus Life and the Office of Off-Campus Living.