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Multilingual Writing Specialist

In addition to consulting the English language and writing resources, students for whom English is an additional language can access academic support offered by our Multilingual Writing Specialist, Natalie Mera Ford.  She offers:

  • One-with-One Meetings: International and domestic multilingual students can meet with Professor Mera Ford at any point in the academic year. This is an opportunity to discuss language-related points, to collaboratively review drafts of course writing, or to prepare self-sponsored writing (such as award applications).
  • Drop-in Office Hours: Multilingual students are encouraged to drop by Professor Mera Ford's virtual office to talk about any work-in-progress on Wednesdays from 2 to 3p.m. ET. No appointment is necessary.
  • Workshops & Gatherings: Multilingual students from any class year are invited to join Professor Mera Ford and peers in group meetings that address writing topics from across the disciplines. Come share your challenges, strategies, questions, and insights.  See below for upcoming events.

If you would like to arrange a meeting or receive emails concerning upcoming events, please contact Professor Mera Ford at

Multilingual Workshops & Gatherings Fall 2020

Fri. Sept. 18, 2020:

7:00 to 8:00 a.m. &

3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Q&A Session


Welcome Meet and Greet: 

Come meet Swarthmore's Multilingual Writing Specialist

and learn about resources and community for multilingual

students on- and off-campus. 

Email for Zoom link.

Fri. Oct. 2, 2020:

7:00 to 8:00 a.m. ET

Study Break Gathering


Connecting Multilingual Peers Online: Collaborate with multilingual

peers and Swarthmore's Multilingual Writing Specialist to build

successful strategies for English speaking and writing fluency.

Chance to win a raffle prize: an online, virtual campus event.

 Email for Zoom link.

Fri. Oct. 9, 2020: 

12:30 to 1:30 p.m. ET

Study Break Gathering

Trotter Tent    

Multilingual Peer Mentoring In-personCollaborate with multilingual

peers and Swarthmore's Multilingual Writing Specialist to

develop successful strategies for English speaking and

writing fluency. Light lunch provided; an outside, on-campus event.

*Registration required - email by Oct. 6.

Limited to 12 participants (first come, first served).

Wed. Oct. 21, 2020:

4:00 to 5:30p.m. ET

Discussion Group


Reimagining the Liberal Arts: Valuing and Advancing Linguistic Diversity 

Join Tri-Co students, faculty and staff for a Mellon Seed Grant

sponsored reading/discussion group. Our Fall 2020 meeting,

hosted online by Haverford College, will focus on

World Englishes & Virtual Learning.

*Registration required - email by Oct. 14.

Mon. Nov. 23, 2020:

8:00 to 8:30a.m. ET &

8:00 to 8:30p.m. ET

Community Discussion


Raciolinguistic Inclusion: A Poem, An Article, and Your perspectives

Come together to discuss raciolinguistics with multilingual peers and

Swarthmore's Multilingual Writing Specialist. Chance to win a raffle prize; an online, virtual campus event

Email for Zoom link and optional short reading.