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Diversi-Tea

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 monthly sessions, 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

Spring 2020 Sessions

Diversi-Tea: Facilitating Difficult Dialogues

Wednesday, February 19 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Hodges Library, 605

In this session, participants will have an opportunity to examine the concpet of inclusive language with a focus on how to facilitate difficult dialogues. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on their level of comfort related to difficult conversations and to then, using role play, practice how to engage their students in these circumstances.Light refreshments will be served. Register on our workshop portal.

Can’t attend in-person? This workshop will webcasted during the scheduled time, and also recorded for later viewing. 

Diversi-Tea: Supporting Non-Traditional Students

Thursday, March 26 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. | Hodges Library, 605

In this Diversi-Tea session, office directors from Disabilities Services, Veteran Affairs, Academic Transitions, and others will discuss the specific strengths and challenges of non-traditional students and how faculty and staff can support them in their academic journey. Light refreshments will be served. Register on our workshop portal.

Can’t attend in-person? This workshop will webcasted during the scheduled time, and also recorded for later viewing. 


If you have any questions about Diversi-Tea or if you require disability-related accommodations, please contact Ferlin McGaskey (fmcgaske@utk.edu) or Igor Akpovo (cakpovo@utk.edu).