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.

 

Mission

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

 


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

 


Support for students

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

  • Mentorship in developing effective study skills and managing their studies 
  • Assistance with papers and presentations in flexible formats, incl. face-to-face, web conferencing, and e-mail
  • English language learning resources
  • Workshops focused on the use of English in college and job search
  • Workshops for Ph.D. students

 

To make an appointment, please e-mail to multilingual.support@alvernia.edu

 


Support for faculty & staff

  • Blackboard organization Office for Multilingual Student Success, a collection of resources on teaching linguistically and culturally diverse students
  • GIST professional development series that aim to help faculty shape their perspectives on teaching diverse students. (GIST stands for Good Teaching Is Inclusive and Student-Centered)
  • On-demand workshops tailored to specific needs of faculty and staff
  • Print resources on linguistically diverse students

 

To request a workshop or consult about student's case, please e-mail to multilingual.support@alvernia.edu or elena.lawrick@alvernia.edu.

 

Contact the Office

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

Room 203, Franco library
(610) 796 8268
multilingual.support@alvernia.edu
elena.lawrick@alvernia.edu

Current Students
Francis Hall at sunset
RESOURCES ON TEACHING DIVERSE STUDENTS
The Bernardine Hall lounge is a casual study spot.
ACADEMIC MENTORSHIP FOR ESL STUDENTS
Students in Adirondack chairs
ENGLISH LANGUAGE SUPPORT