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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 2021 Sessions

International Students’ Sense of Belonging at UT

Thursday, February 25 | 1 – 2:30 p.m. | Zoom Session

Sense of belonging is critical to student engagement and success. While studying abroad, international students can face different challenges and difficulties (e.g. identities, institution culture, local communities) that could impede their sense of belonging.

In order to support our international students at UT and foster their sense of belonging on campus, we need to make intentional efforts to address their needs. In this session, we will discuss factors that impact international students’ learning experience at UT and generate ideas and strategies to help them feel included and belonged.

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

Register

Increase Cultural Competency for Effective and Inclusive Teaching Workshop 

March 25 | 1 – 2:30 p.m. | Zoom

With college classrooms becoming more diverse, cultural competency is an integral part of effective teaching and communication. As the instructor in the classroom, we need to be aware of cultural differences from diverse students and develop our knowledge and skills in a cross-cultural teaching and learning environment.

In this session, we will introduce different tools to examine our cultural competency and explore practices to promote our cultural competency.

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If you have any questions about Diversi-Tea or if you require disability-related accommodations, please contact Yujie Huang (yhuang71@utk.edu).