Unitea

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A conversation can make all the difference in the life of a student--Unitea provides opportunities for these conversations to happen.

We are committed to building community one tea at a time in-person or virtual chat, and believe strong campuses foster communities where voices are heard, well-being is promoted, and social interactions can flourish.


What is Unitea?

Connection starts with conversation, and what better way to connect than over a cup of tea or coffee? 

Unitea is one of the campus opportunities to build connections. Meet virtually with a Unitea host to chat about something you’re looking forward to, passionate about, worried about, or anything else under the sun! Unitea provides a sense of belonging on this very large campus; by connecting with others, you can feel more at home. 

If you’re looking for resources, Unitea hosts are knowledgeable about the services available on campus and in the community, and can direct you to the right place. If you want to get involved in campus activities, work with a Unitea host to determine where your interests align with others. If you want to chat about something that’s been bothering you, we’re here to listen. 

Through one-to-one engaging opportunities and group conversations, Unitea gives students a way to connect in supportive, respectful, safe, and meaningful ways.


How It Works

During the 2020 Fall term, Unitea is going online! Sign up for a virtual one-to-one tea or collective tea time with a Unitea host(s). Students and Hosts will meet through an online platform like Google Meet or Zoom at a specified time. Unfortunately, with the online format, we cannot provide free hot beverages but encourage you to make yourself a cup of tea or coffee to enjoy while chatting whether you are part of a group conversation or a one-to-one with a Unitea Host. The program is available for students at both North and Augustana campuses.


One-to-One Tea Times

Virtual one-to-one tea times foster meaningful conversations that provide opportunities for students to talk with a trained peer on different topics or issues to engage in helpful conversation, foster connection and build a sense of community.

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Collective Tea Times

University of Alberta students can sign up to join virtual group tea times with other U of A students. These collective tea times will cover a range of topics facilitated by Unitea volunteers. The goal of collective tea times is to foster meaningful conversations and increase connections within the community.

Fall Schedule (all sessions are at 10 a.m.): 

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - Staying Connected while Caring for Yourself during COVID
Navigating the shifts in how we can safely interact with others can be tricky.  Join a collective tea time to  discuss how we can connect with those around us in a pandemic friendly way and interact with others while doing so.
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - Screen Time Not Scream Time
With the vast majority of our interactions and classes moving onto virtual platforms, we can start to feel overwhelmed with all the screen time. Join others to discuss how this has impacted you and how to keep yourself engaged and not enraged!
Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - Maintaining Motivation
The mid-semester slump is real -  It can be hard to find the motivation to log in for class, nevermind do fun things that make us happy. Join a collective tea time and talk about how you can push through the slump and end the semester on a positive note.
Monday, December 7, 2020 - Making Friends

It can be hard to make new friends, especially now that we are all connecting over a computer screen. Join a collective tea time, meet some peers, and chat about why it can be hard to make friends in our current world, look at ways you can combat that, and maybe make a new friend or two.

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Graduate-Specific Collective Tea Times

In partnership with Alumni Student Support and Engagement Team (ASSET) and Graduate Students' Association (GSA), Unitea will be hosting virtual collective tea times that will focus on issues important to graduate students. This will offer Grad Students an opportunity to gather together to make connections, support one another, and take a break from the pressures of graduate student life.

Fall Schedule (all are at 2 p.m.):

October 23, 2020 - Coping with Pressures in an E-Learning World
Work, classes, research, social life...almost everything has moved to online platforms, with both positive and negative impacts. Join your peers in a graduate collective tea time to discuss and share tips on how you are navigating these elements while often working through different countries, languages, and time zones!
November 3, 2020 - Experiencing Grief and Loss
University is a time of growth and it can also be a time of loss. Whether you’ve experienced the loss of a relationship or opportunity, or the loss of connection and way of life prior to the pandemic, grief can impact us in new and surprising ways. Sharing those feelings of grief and loss with others can help normalize these feelings and encourages our community to be kind and supportive to themselves and others.
November 20, 2020 - Experiencing Grief and Loss
University is a time of growth and it can also be a time of loss. Whether you’ve experienced the loss of a relationship or opportunity, or the loss of connection and way of life prior to the pandemic, grief can impact us in new and surprising ways. Sharing those feelings of grief and loss with others can help normalize these feelings and encourages our community to be kind and supportive to themselves and others.
December 1, 2020 - Creating a “Hygge” Winter: How are you looking after your well-being this December?
To combat the oncoming cold and dark of the winter season, chat with others about incorporating the concept of "Hygge" (pronounced "hoo-ga,") into your life. Hygge is a Danish concept that cannot be translated to one word but encompasses a feeling of cozy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life and feeling interpersonally connected. Discuss with your peers how you are creating a space to connect with people in meaningful ways about issues and things you care deeply about, while feeling safe, content, and also hopefully having fun.
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What to Expect

Once you sign up for either an individual or group tea time, you can expect:

  • confirmation email outlining the date, time, and Google Meet/Zoom details 
  • reminder notification 24 hours before your tea time
  • friendly Unitea host(s) to greet you online at your tea time 
  • opportunity to provide feedback on your tea time experience

Important Information: For the Fall 2020 semester, one-to-one and collective tea times will be conducted through virtual platforms like Google Meet or Zoom. Please be aware that no video or audio tools are ever completely secure. There is a security risk that personal information discussed during a tea time may be intercepted or disclosed to third parties using video or audio communications tools.To help us keep your information safe and secure, you can: 

Use a private computer/device (i.e., not an employer's or third party's computer/device), secure accounts and a secure internet connection. For example, using a personal and encrypted email account (e.g. UofA CCID account) is more secure than an unencrypted email account, and your access to the Internet on your home network will generally be more secure than an open guest Wi-Fi connection.
  • Cancellation Policy

    Unitea requests adequate notice for cancellations to make tea times available to other students.

    If you are unable to attend a tea time, please cancel at least 24 hours before your tea time. There are two ways to cancel. 1) Click the “Reply, Change, Cancel” button in the booking confirmation email sent by 10to8. 2) Email unitea@ualberta.ca, including your name, date, and time of your tea time.

  • Terms and Conditions

    Students who participate in the Unitea program understand and agree to the following:

    1. Unitea is not a professional counselling service nor is it intended to replace such services.
    2. Students will receive notification through text or email confirming their scheduled tea time and reminding them of the tea time 24 hours prior.
    3. If there is a need to cancel the scheduled tea time, students agree to provide 24 hours advance notice.
    4. Students will engage in respectful conversation with the Unitea host.
    5. Any personal information collected in the sign up and scheduling process will only be used for Unitea programming purposes. No information will be given to third parties.
    6. Students agree to be contacted in the future for program evaluation purposes.
    7. Recordings of virtual one-to-one or collective tea times by either student(s) or Unitea Host(s)/ASSET volunteers is prohibited. 
    8. Screenshots of virtual one-to-one or collective tea times by either student(s)  or the Unitea Host(s)/ASSET volunteer is prohibited.