Mission

To amplify multilingual voices in academics through consultations, responsive programming, and promoting translanguaging practices at the university.

Vision

A rich university culture where learners' full language repertoires are valued, encouraged, and cultivated. 

Values

  • Connection: an interaction between two or more people that is mutually empathic and mutually empowering. It involves emotional accessibility and leads to "five good things," which are zest, worth, productivity, clarity, and desire for more connection. (JBMTI.org)
  • Expertise: a combination of English language content knowledge and practical intelligence (Eraunt, 2005)
  • Integrity: consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations, and outcomes; honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one’s actions. (Kang, 2012)
  • Inclusion: the process of improving the terms of participation in society, particularly for people who are disadvantaged, through enhancing opportunities, access to resources, voice and respect for rights. (UN.org)
  • Respect: being tolerant of differences, using good manners and appropriate language, intentionally causing no harm, and dealing peacefully with difficult situations. (NEA.org)

Commitments

Multilingual Student Services enacts our mission toward our vision by applying our values to:
  • Customized consulting sessions 
  • Responsive programming
  • Promoting translanguaging practices at the university
  • Faculty education
  • Advocacy
  • Influencing policy

Social Justice & Diversity Plan

Multilingual Student Services operationalizes our values to carry out our mission in service to our vision by following the annually-updated MSS Social Justice & Diversity Plan. Each member of the MSS team is responsible for reading the plan, constributing to its review, revision, maintenance and implementation.

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