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Thirs-tea Thursdays offer discussion and hot drinks

Kara Anderson, Staff writer

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Thirs-tea Thursday gives students the opportunity to discuss social issues and happenings on campus with a hot drink in hand.

Hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the weekly dialogues provide students a “brave space” to talk honestly and respectfully, network and share hot drinks, including tea, coffee and hot chocolate. Coming together over tea can help ease some of the discomfort of discussing difficult topics, said Melissia Brannen, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

“Who can be mad over tea? So, we sit and chat and have snacks in a very comfortable environment,” Brannen said.

The events also serve as an opportunity to network with peers and become more comfortable with talking about complicated or sensitive topics, according to Brannen. Conversations sometimes get “emotionally charged,” but Brannen said students remain respectful. Different people, including students, alumnae and those in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, lead discussions.

The events were originally for international students but have evolved into a time for anyone to join. Some topics of discussion have included privilege, colorism, civility and healthy relationships.

Between five and 20 students attend the Thirs-tea Thursday discussions, normally, according to Brannen.

Students can suggest discussion topics by emailing Brannen here.

The next tea event, Nov. 3, will center on native culture.

When: 1 a.m. every Thursday

Where: Harrelson Building, room 205

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