Engaging Multilingual, Culturally Diverse Students

The GLCA is pleased to announce Engaging Multilingual, Culturally Diverse Students, a workshop for GLCA staff and faculty to support students who are international, undocumented, refugees, or first-generation immigrants. The workshop’s sessions will cover the unique needs of these students and review policies and practices that address these needs so that all students have what they require to thrive and be successful.

Participating campuses will be asked to send a team of 3 – 5 staff, faculty, and administrators. Campus teams will be given time at the workshop to complete an action plan that addresses campus-specific needs in this area.

Engaging Multilingual, Culturally Diverse Students is supported by Mellon through the GLCA Global Crossroads Initiative. The workshop will be held October 21-23 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Workshop Facilitators

Dr. Shawna Shapiro, Middlebury College

Shawna ShapiroShawna Shapiro is a Professor of Writing and Linguistics at Middlebury College. Her research focuses on the transition to higher education for immigrant/refugee students and on innovative approaches to working with multilingual/L2 writers. Dr. Shapiro’s work has appeared in many peer-reviewed journals, including Research in the Teaching of English  and TESOL Quarterly. Recent books include Cultivating Critical Language in the Writing Classroom (Routledge, 2022)   and the co-authored Fostering International Student Success in Higher Education (TESOL/NAFSA, 2014/2023). She has also written for Inside Higher Ed and The Conversation.

More information at https://sites.middlebury.edu/shapiro and https://clacollective.org/

Dr. Zuzana Tomaš, Eastern Michigan University

Zuzana Tomaš Zuzana Tomaš is a Professor of ESL/TESOL at Eastern Michigan University where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in TESOL and ESL and facilitates community-engaged seminars for faculty across campus. Dr. Tomaš is also a co-author of three books (Fostering International Student Success in Higher Education (TESOL/NAFSA, 2014/2024, Teaching Effective Source Use–Classroom Activities that Work, 2017, University of Michigan Press, and Teaching Writing, 2020, TESOL Press) and numerous articles (e.g., in TESOL Quarterly, TESOL Journal) and book chapters on international student success, academic writing, and teacher education. Professor Tomaš is a Fulbright Scholar and Fulbright Specialist who has offered professional development workshops in ten countries. 

More info at https://www.emich.edu/worldlanguages/faculty/tesol/zuzana-tomas.php