One conversation can make all the difference in the life of a student — Unitea provides opportunities for these conversations to happen. Launched in Fall 2016, Unitea connects students with trained Unitea hosts to engage in conversation over a free cup of tea or coffee. The program is available for students at both North and Augustana campuses.

Our vision is building community one tea at a time.

Our mission is strong campuses that foster open communities where voices are heard, well-being is promoted, and social interactions flourish.

How it Works

Unitea is simple — a student signs up online for a tea time with a Unitea host, who is a student volunteer, both meet at a specified location, and they enjoy a hot beverage from one of our participating partners. Learn about what to expect

Book a tea time!

Pop-up Tea Parties

Over the course of the academic year, student volunteers will host "tea parties" at different campus locations to reach out and connect with groups of students, engaging in meaningful conversations.

Unitea Hosts

Unitea hosts are the cornerstone of the program and are genuinely interested in meeting and talking with their peers over tea or coffee. Unitea hosts are certified in the Community Helpers program and suicide prevention and gatekeeper training - Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)

Meet the Unitea Hosts

Interested in becoming a Unitea Host?

Unitea generally recruits for student volunteer positions in the Winter term for the next academic year. If you are interested in being notified of our next recruitment drive, fill out this form.

Connect with Unitea

Questions about the Unitea program? Email us at unitea@ualberta.ca.

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