Tea at Three: Building campus community one cup at a time
By Aurora van Roon
This past month, the Beedie School of Business Graduate Programs were the hosts of an innovative campus program called Tea at 3 at SFU’s Vancouver campus.
Staff, faculty and students from the school joined a mix of members from the wider SFU Vancouver campus community to enjoy delicious treats and hot tea on a typical rainy Vancouver day.
So what exactly is Tea at 3? And why should you attend?
More than just a chance to satisfy your sweet tooth and celebrate afternoon tea like a proper British lord or lady, Tea at 3 is a an opportunity for the internal SFU community to connect with colleagues and learn about what each are researching, programming or studying.
“Tea at 3 provides a regular opportunity for faculty and staff across the campus and in every department to meet, re-connect and build networks,” says Laurie Anderson, SFU Vancouver’s Executive Director.
The program is part of a wider series of INgagement Programs designed by the Executive Director’s Office to build a greater sense of community at SFU Vancouver. The programs work by increasing campus engagement and developing more opportunities for staff, students and faculty to interact.
By hosting a Tea at 3, a department has the opportunity to showcase their programming and make valuable connections on campus.
At the Beedie School of Business's Tea at 3, I got to hear about upcoming events and new plans from Alumni Relations, I spoke with members of the Centre for Dialogue's Renewable Cities program, and relished in the casual tea-drinking atmosphere. For a student in Publishing, these were connections I wouldn’t have made otherwise.
The next Tea at Three will take place in March with your hosts Simon Fraser Student Society.
Just make sure to bring your cup!
If your area is interested in hosting Tea at 3 in the new year please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.