Diversi-Tea serves food for body, mind

By Maria J. Guajardo Adame


Mint and blueberry tea was served with cookies Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the first Diversi-Tea for the spring semester in Cardinal Courtyard.

Organized by the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and the Office of Student Life, Diversi-Tea is a way to bring the University of the Incarnate Word community together and promote different cultures.

The Diversi-Tea tradition comes from the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, founders of the university, established when they would come back from teaching.

Last week’s tea celebrated the Sioux Indian tribe from North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska. Posters showed information about this tribe, how they could be helped and their fight against the controversial Dakota Pipeline which would course through sacred land.

“Our hope is that students will become aware of issues (plaguing) indigenous people, at the same time enjoying a cup of tea and hopefully conversing about the issues (affecting) this people,” said Paul Ayala, director of Campus Engagement.

Besides tea and cookies, participants at the tea could go by booths where handmade jewelry from Bogota, Colombia, was being sold; learn about study abroad; and the Cardinal Latina Mentorship Program, a program that helps all UIW Latina women achieve their goals and support them throughout their undergraduate career.

“I had really low expectations when my friend pressured me to come to this event because I was just expecting to drink tea,” Sofia Guajardo said. “I walked out of this event knowing about the Sioux tribe and with a great mint tea and cookies. I think this is a great event because you get to chat with other people about the same topic.”

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