The Lift Dinner Series

The hottest ticket on campus is an invite to the exclusive Lift Dinner. Inspired by the poem, "Lift Every Voice" by Alumnus James Weldon Johnson (Atlanta University, 1894) and hosted by the Office of the President.

The series is a huge success with students, as many are excited at the prospect of receiving the coveted, hand-delivered Red Invitation to attend the event. 

Hosted by the Office of the President, the Lift Dinner is the University's version of an exclusive "dinner party", where each quarter select students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to join the President for an evening of good food and "elevated" conversations.

The event serves as an engagement platform that explores the new ideas, issues and concerns of key stakeholders; while also cultivating good etiquette and social skills that student will need for professional success.

Scheduled Dinners


  • September 25, 2019
  • February 19, 2020
  • April 2, 2020
  • September 24, 2020
  • November 12, 2020

The Lift Dinner Series is a proud new CAU tradition and is a major part of its Engagement Initiative to improve the student experience.

Contact Barbara Martin at for more information about the Lift Dinner Series.