The 2023 event returns to the Center Atrium of the MTSU Miller Education, 503 E. Bell St., Murfreesboro, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18. Full tea service will be provided by MT Dining Services. This is a free event and donations are greatly appreciated. More information is available on Eventbrite.
The EqualiTEA is officially hosted by both AAUW and the Middle TN Fund for Women and Girls. This event raises scholarship and programming funds for the Middle Tennessee Fund for Women and Girls, a 501(C)3 organization, in support of the mission of AAUW Murfreesboro: to level the playing field for women and girls in education and in the workforce.
The 2023 Tea is fully booked, but you can still make a difference in the lives of Middle Tennessee’s women and girls by making a donation. You can make a donation from $5-$100 here.
The 2023 Tempest Award Recipient is MTSU professor Dr. Carmelita L. Dotson. The keynote speaker is MTSU Dean of Media and Entertainment Beverly Keel. The 2023 EqualiTEA honorary co-chairs are MTSU First Lady Liz McPhee and Tara MacDougall, Discovery Center President & CEO.
Honoring an individual who has taken action to address the systemic barriers to equity for women and girls. Our 2023 Tempest recipient, has spent over 30 years working and helping others, while encouraging women to pursue higher education and roles of leadership.
Beverly Keel is dean of MTSU’s College of Media and Entertainment, an award-winning journalist, and a music industry activist who works for gender and racial equality in the music industry. She was named a national “Change Agent” by Billboard for her efforts with Nashville Music Equality, which she co-founded in 2020 to create an anti-racist environment in the Nashville music industry. A Nashville native, she earned her bachelor’s degree from MTSU and her master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Founded in 1913, AAUW Murfreesboro seeks to level the playing field for women and girls to work and learn. The Middle Tennessee Fund for Women and Girls, a 501(c)3 organization, is the charitable arm of AAUW Murfreesboro. Over the last 50 years, AAUW Murfreesboro has offered the Ruth M. Houston Memorial Scholarship to an undergraduate woman at Middle Tennessee State University. In 2017, AAUW Murfreesboro launched the Butler-Fouts Memorial Graduate Scholarship for an underrepresented woman pursuing a graduate degree at MTSU. Each provides $2000 for the academic year.