Office for Multilingual Student Success

The University Vision "to be a distinctive Franciscan university committed to personal and social transformation, through integrated, community-based, inclusive, and ethical learning" guides the work of the Office for Multilingual Student Success.

We serve as a resource for the Alvernia community and a catalyst for developing a shared vision of embracing diversity.  We strive to ensure that, from their recruitment to graduation, linguistically diverse students receive academic support based on respect for cultural and linguistic differences.

Our Mission

To foster an environment in which diverse students are supported in a respectful, knowledgeable, and inclusive manner

Our Goals

  • Provide linguistically diverse students with expert academic support
  • Promote a community culture that emphasizes sharing ideas and continuous learning about educating diverse students
  • Facilitate understanding of second language acquisition, cultural adaptation, and awareness of practices that support academic success of diverse students
  • Provide professional development to faculty and academic support services to enhance their ability to effectively work with diverse students
  • Establish the English Language Program for international students

For students

The Office supports academic achievement and cultural socialization of linguistically diver students, both internationals and domestic bi-/multilinguals, through:

  • Mentoring in developing effective study skills
  • One-on-one assistance with papers and presentations in flexible formats, incl. face-to-face, video conferencing, and e-mail
  • English language learning resources
  • Workshops focused on English for academic purposes
  • The Office is located in Room 203 of Franco Library
  • To make an appointment, a student needs to contact Dr. Lawrick (in person, via phone call or e-mail)

Download the Student Brochure

For faculty & academic support staff

The following resources are available for faculty, staff, & student tutors:

  • On-demand workshops tailored to the needs faculty and staff.  To request a workshop, e-mail to or
  • Print resources on linguistically diverse students. For suggested reads, please contact Dr. Lawrick

Download the Faculty & Staff Brochure


Elena Lawrick, Ph.D.
Director of Office for Multilingual Student Success
(610) 796 8268

office for multilingual student success

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