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Diversi-Tea is part of an ongoing effort to facilitate communication among faculty, staff and graduate students about issues related to inclusive teaching practices. In each session, faculty and staff will be given the opportunity to learn from one another and engage in dialogue about the various ways of incorporating inclusive teaching practices.

The goal of Diversi-Tea is to help faculty and staff gather insight on:

  • Engagement of diverse student populations
  • Teaching of self-regulation and study skills
  • Ways to prevent and address issues of incivility and bias
  • Self-assessment of their own cultural competency
  • Guided reflection activities for diverse learners
  • Communicating best inclusive practices with their colleagues

Fall 2021 Sessions

International Graduate Teaching Assistants’ Sense of Belonging

Wednesday, September 22 | 1 – 2:30 p.m. | Zoom

Graduate teaching assistants including international GTAs play an important role in teaching introductory undergraduate classes. International students might face unique challenges and barriers both as students and teachers based on cultural and other differences. In this session, we will identify several factors that impact international graduate teaching assistants’ sense of belonging on campus. Additionally, we will discuss how their sense of belonging impact their interactions and teaching experience in the classroom.

Please register at least 24 hours in advance of this workshop offering to receive your Zoom link.


Using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to Motivate and Engage Diverse Learners

October 13 | 1 – 2:30 p.m. | Zoom

Everyone learns differently. The college classroom is becoming more diverse with students bringing different learning preferences, needs, and backgrounds into the learning space. UDL is intended to motivate and engage students in the learning process based on scientific insights into how humans learn. By effectively incorporating UDL into your course design, you would be able to offer a more engaging learning experience for your students. In this session, we will:

1. Describe major components of UDL

2. Identify teaching strategies infused by the UDL framework to motivate and engage diverse learners


If you have any questions about Diversi-Tea or if you require disability-related accommodations, please contact Yujie Huang (