Tri-Co Multilingual Workshops

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Since fall 2018, Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Multilingual Specialists have teamed up to host workshops and associated events for the Tri-Co community of students, faculty, and staff. 

The Tri-Co Multilingual Workshops are sponsored by the Mellon Tri-College Grant and consist three workshops per academic year, each hosted by one of the three colleges. More details about the workshops can be found under the FAQ section below.


Workshop series for AY 2022-23:

Main theme Workshop topic Date, time, and location Registration

Transforming Our Practices Around Multilingualism: In the Classroom, Communication, and Beyond 


Building and Fostering Community Across Language Backgrounds 

Fall 2022

Thursday, November 10th, 2022 | 4:15 - 5:30pm

Lutnik 200, Haverford College

Fill out this form, or email Susannah Bien-Gund at

Recalibrating Classroom Engagement, Activities, and Assignments for Multilingual Inclusion 

Spring 2023

Monday, February 27th, 2023 | 4:15 - 5:30pm

Fill out this form, or email Natalie Mera Ford at

Reflecting on and Reimagining Evaluation Across Language Backgrounds 

Spring 2023

Thursday, April 13th, 2023 | 4:15 - 5:30pm

English House, Lecture Hall, Bryn Mawr College

Fill out this form, or email Vanessa Petroj at 


If you would like to add your name to the mailing list for updates on the Tri-Co Multilingual workshop series, please fill out a request form or email the Director of Multilingual Writing, Vanessa Petroj.

request form  Email Vanessa

Past workshop series and events:


Main theme 

Workshop topic 

2019/20 Internationalizing the Liberal Arts Through Linguistic Inclusion Translaguaging
(postponed due to Covid-19)



Reimagining the Liberal Arts: Valuing & Advancing Linguistic Diversity 


World Englishes & Virtual Learning 

Reframing Feedback for Multilingual Student Writing 

Spoken Language Diversity 




Empowering the Liberal Arts with Linguistic Equity 

Strategies for a Language Diverse Classroom 

Technology to Foster Language Inclusion 

Rhetorical Equity in Research Language Practices 


During the past three years of our Multilingual Tri-Co Seed Grant, our workshops have attracted the interest of over 180 Tri-College faculty, staff, and students, with over 100 unique participants successfully attending at least one of the eight meetings. Together, we have reflected on ways to raise awareness and normalize multilingual approaches as an integral aspect of our institutional practices and increase educational access and parity for multilingual learners. This year (2021-22), we have successfully held three workshops hosted by Haverford College (Fall, in person), Bryn Mawr College (Winter, remote), and Swarthmore College (Spring, in person) respectively. Across these three workshops, members of Tri-Co faculty, staff, and students have expressed interest in attending the workshop and we have successfully engaged with over 50 diverse members across the academic year. This resounding response--along with the dynamic conversations at the Fall, Winter, and Spring meetings between diverse students, staff, and faculty--confirmed the topical, cross-disciplinary importance of our project’s focus.  

Through our workshops, we aim at fostering discussions around matters that affect our multilingual communities in the classroom and beyond. Through selected readings, dynamic discussions, and coming together, we are raising awareness, problem solving, and connecting a vibrant community of out Tri-Co  students, faculty, and staff. 

Workshops are open to the Tri-Co community members: faculty, staff, and students. Alumni and friends are also welcome! 

Workshops are held three times a year, hosted by each of the three colleges. Details of the workshops are advertised through various channels: posters across campus, Daily Digest, and on this website. If you would like to be notified about the upcoming workshops, please fill out this quick form. 

You can expect delicious snacks and a vibrant discussion on the theme of the workshop. While we suggest an optional reading in advance, completing the reading is not a pre-requisite to attend the workshop. 

We always welcome community members to get involved and participate beyond attendance only. In fact, this academic year (2022-23), we will be offering a paid position for multilingual students who are interested in providing technical and logistical support to the Tri-Co leadership team. Information regarding the application process and position descirption will be available soon.

For more information, please email Bryn Mawr's Director of Multilingual Writing, Vanessa Petroj.

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