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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

Fall 2019 Sessions

Diversi-Tea: Inclusivity & Hidden Disabilities

Thursday, Sept. 19 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Student Union, 362B

 In this session, speaker, educator, and comedian Christina Irene shares her expertise in talking openly about invisible disabilities and their implications on inclusive practices both in and outside the classroom. Drawing from her own experiences, Irene discusses the challenges of living with an invisible disability and helps participants develop inclusive strategies to support those having to navigate these issues. Mobility impairments and visible disabilities are also covered, and inclusion considerations as they relate to intersectionality are also touched upon. 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 First-Generation Students

Wednesday, October 23 | 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. | Hodges Library, 605

In this session, participants will hear from a panel of first-generation students at varying levels of their academic experience to foster a better understanding of the strengths and academic needs of this population. Additionally, faculty, staff and students are invited to discuss with the panel ideas for supporting first-generation students both in and outside the classroom to foster their success. 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).