Dr. Paul K. Matsuda, professor of English and Director of Second-Language Writing at Arizona State University, will visit Stanford University on Wednesday, October 25th. His talk, "Multilingual Students in "Highly Selective Universities:" Characteristics, Issues & Strategies," will be from 4:00 P.M.-5:30 P.M. at the Black Community Services Center on-campus.
Dr. Matsuda is a distinguished scholar in the field of Second Language Writing, Applied Linguistics and TESOL. Through Matsuda's positionality as an international scholar, we hope that his talk will open spaces for critical continued dialogue among faculty to address the challenges faced by multilingual students, and to question our own assumptions that influence our pedagogical and curricular decisions. The challenge we perceive lies in opening up dialogues to unravel existing assumptions and combat deficit framings of multilingual learners, and thus, to better understand how faculty might be more responsive to our students’ diverse needs and backgrounds.