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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 collaboratively review drafts of your course writing, to discuss language-related questions, or to prepare self-sponsored writing (such as award applications). Please email nford1 to schedule an in-person or Zoom meeting.
  • Drop-in Office Hours: Multilingual students are encouraged to drop by Professor Mera Ford's office in Trotter 104 on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. to talk about any work-in-progress or communication points.  No appointment is necessary! If you would prefer to meet via Zoom, please email nford1.
  • Workshops & Gatherings: Multilingual students from any class year are invited to join Professor Mera Ford and multilingual peers in group forums that address writing topics from across the disciplines. Come share your experiences, challenges, strategies, questions, and insights.  See below for upcoming events.

If you would like to arrange a meeting or to register for upcoming events, please contact Professor Mera Ford at nford1@swarthmore.edu.

Multilingual events spring 2022

Thurs. Feb. 3, 2022:

4:15 to 5:30 p.m. 

Discussion Group

Online

Empowering the Liberal Arts with Linguistic Equity & Justice

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

sponsored reading/discussion group. Our early Spring 2022 meeting,

held via Zoom, will focus onTechnology to Foster Language Inclusion.

*Registration required: email vpetroj@brynmawr.edu by Feb. 2nd

Fri. Feb. 4, 2022:

3:00 to 4:00 p.m. 

Community Gathering

Trotter 120

Writing Center

First Friday Multilingual Forum February

Connect with multilingual peers and Swarthmore's Multilingual

 Writing Specialist and explore accented speaking/presenting 

in the classroom. Tea & treats provided.

*Registration required: email nford1@swarthmore.edu by Feb. 3rd

Limited to 10 participants (first come, first served).

Fri. Mar. 4, 2022: 

12:00 to 1:15 p.m. 

Midterms Workshop

Trotter 120

Writing Center

First Friday Multilingual Forum March

Join Swarthmore's Multilingual Writing Specialist and

multilingual peers to share effective strategies for navigating

the midterms workload. Light lunch provided.

*Registration required: email nford1@swarthmore.edu by Mar. 2nd

Limited to 10 participants (first come, first served).

Fri. Apr. 1, 2022:

12:00 to 1:15 p.m.

Study Break Reflection

Trotter 120

Writing Center

First Friday Multilingual Forum April

Take a study break with Swarthmore's Multilingual Writing

Specialist and multilingual peers and reflect on cultural and

linguistic labor in completing coursework. Light lunch provided.

*Registration required: email nford1@swarthmore.edu by Mar. 30th

Limited to 10 participants (first come, first served).

Thurs. Apr. 21, 2022:

4:15 to 5:30 p.m. 

Discussion Group

TBA

Empowering the Liberal Arts with Linguistic Equity & Justice

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

sponsored reading/discussion group. Our late Spring 2022 meeting,

hosted by Swarthmore, will focus on Rhetorical Equity in

Research Language Practices.

*Registration required: email nford1@swarthmore.edu by Apr. 18th