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 Fall & Winter 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.

Book a Tea Time


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.

Winter Term 2021 Schedule: 

Monday, January 25 (1:00 p.m.): Celebrating Resilience
Instead of “A New Year, a new you” for the start of this year, take a moment to celebrate and discuss with your peers how you managed to navigate the difficulties of an unprecedented 2020 and celebrate how you managed to navigate the unknown, maintained dedication to your courses, and grew in your resilience!
Wednesday, February 10 (10:00 a.m.): Social Wellness
Come connect with your peers and chat about how you take care of your social wellness! It is important that we stay socially connected while being physically distant. Discuss what activities you can do virtually with your friends and family, how you get over zoom fatigue, and what makes you feel connected and well (as can be!) during our continued time at home.
Monday, February 22 (1:00 p.m.): Being a Global Citizen
One year into a worldwide pandemic, many of us have had a greater awareness of interrelationship amongst each other and those around the world.  In recognition of February 20th’s World Day of Social Justice and the U of A’s Days of Action, join with peers to discuss what being a global citizen means to you in 2021.
Wednesday, March 10 (10:00 a.m.): Check yourself - mental health that is!
For us to be connected and supportive to others, we need to start by taking care of our own mental health needs. Chat with others about the challenges and growth you’ve learned about taking care of your mental health in difficult times.
Monday, March 22 (1:00 p.m.): Happiness - how it feels and how to create more of it!
International Day of Happiness on March 20 recognizes that happiness is a fundamental human goal and a vital tool that can be used to help measure personal success. Connect with your peers on what happiness truly means to you and how do you create it for yourself and others.
Wednesday, April 7 (10:00 a.m.): Stress-Busting for Exam Season
Taking care of ourselves is important no matter the time of the semester, however, it is extra important at our busiest and most stressful time: finals! Chat with your peers about how you are managing (good or bad!) and ways of moving through it as best as possible.
Book a Tea Time

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.

Winter Term 2021 Schedule:

Monday, January 18 (1:00 p.m.): Creating a “Hygge” Winter: How are you looking after your wellbeing this winter?
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 single word but encompasses a feeling of cozy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life while also 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
Wednesday, February 3 (10:00 a.m.): TBA
Topic to be determined. This event 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.
Wednesday, March 3 (10:00 a.m.): TBA
Topic to be determined. This event 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.
Monday, March 15 (1:00 p.m.): TBA
Topic to be determined. This event 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.
Wednesday, March 31 (10:00 a.m.): TBA
Topic to be determined. This event 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.
Monday, April 12 (1:00 p.m.): TBA
Topic to be determined. This event 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.
Book a Tea Time

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 & Winter 2021 semesters, 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 signup 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 are 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.