The Office for Multilingual Student Success serves as a campus-wide resource for developing a shared vision of embracing cultural and linguistic diversity. We strive to ensure that linguistically diverse (ESL) students receive expert academic support based on respect for cultural and linguistic differences.



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



  • 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


Services for students

The Office supports academic achievement and cultural socialization of linguistically diverse (ESL) students, both international and domestic bi-/multilinguals, through:

  • Mentorship in developing effective study skills and managing their studies @Alvernia
  • Assistance with papers and presentations in flexible formats, incl. face-to-face, video conferencing, and e-mail
  • English language learning resources
  • Workshops focused on the use of English in college

To make an appointment, please e-mail to 


Services for faculty & staff

  • GIST professional development series that aim to help faculty shape their perspectives on teaching diverse students (Please see the Fall 2018 Workshop Calendar)
  • Collection of resources available to faculty on Blackboard (To access, please log in to Blackboard organization LINGUISTICALLY DIVERSE STUDENTS)
  • On-demand workshops tailored to specific 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.



Elena Lawrick, Ph.D.
Director, Office for Multilingual Student Success

Room 203, Franco library
(610) 796 8268

Current Students
Francis Hall at sunset
GIST workshops for faculty
Good teaching is inclusive and student-centered (GIST). GIST is the professional development series that aim to help the faculty shape their perspectives on teaching diverse students. GIST workshops are focused and interactive.
St. Francis statue overlooking library patio
How to Maximize the Potential of a Blackboard Course to Improve Student Learning
October 18, 2018 (4:00-5:15 p.m.), LIB 203 & ZOOM
Students in Adirondack chairs
What is Wrong with My Student? Interpreting Invisible Cultural differences
November 15, 2018 (4:00 - 5:15 p.m.), LIB 203 & ZOOM