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Multilingual Services

Speaking more than one language broadens one’s perspective, and gives one advantages in a multilingual world. At the same time, it can sometimes pose challenges in an academic setting if English is not one’s dominant language. At Multilingual Services, we are here to support all multilingual students so they can thrive in academia and beyond.

We aim to offer support that matches each student’s needs; for instance, depending on the task, students can practice an upcoming presentation, work on a scholarship application, manage reading assignments, discuss professor expectations, practice listening to lectures, or hold study groups with one of our Student Supporters. In our support meeting you will work with one of our Student Supporters on the task of your choice. Meetings typically last forty-five minutes to one hour. Christina, Hannah, Diana, and Margaret all have unique teaching talents, and we will be sure to pair you with whoever best fits your needs.

We look forward to helping you thrive.

The MLS Team

Margaret Seelie, Coordinator and Student Supporter
Margaret SeelieHello, my name is Margaret, and I am passionate about supporting multilingual students in academia and beyond. In 2006 I began working with multilingual students while teaching at Suzhou University in China. Seven years later, I graduated from Mills College with a master's degree in English, and quickly returned to work here at the CAE as the Coordinator for Multilingual Students. When I'm not supporting students at Mills I'm teaching college composition at Los Medanos College, freelance writing, and surfing. I look forward to supporting you!

Margaret Seelie is available by appointment and via email:
Tuesday 10:30 pm–5:00 pm

Diana Newby, Student Supporter
Diana NewbyDiana Newby is in her second year pursuing a master's degree in English Literature. In addition to tutoring multilingual and international students, she currently serves as TA for English 20: Fundamentals of Grammar for Academic Writers. Diana particularly enjoys working with students on grammar and sentence mechanics, essay planning and composition, and speaking and pronunciation.

Diana Newby is available by appointment:
Tuesday 11:00 am–12:00 pm and 5:30-7:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30–10:45 am and 5:00-6:00 pm

Hannah Wagner, Student Supporter
Hannah WagnerHannah is in her first year pursuing a master's degree in English Literature and is a fellow in the Writing Center. She came to Mills after teaching at a boarding school on the east coast where she worked with international students in both individual and workshop settings. Hannah would be happy to meet to work on strategies for approaching assignments, grammar and mechanics, essay and project development, and speaking and pronunciation.

Hannah Wagner is available by appointment:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: can work out times as needed

Christina Kim, Student Supporter
Christina is available by appointment:
Monday before 1:00 pm
Wednesday before 1:00 pm and after 8:00 pm
Thursday before 1:00 pm and after 5:00 pm
Friday before 12:00 pm and after 6:00 pm


Coordinator Profiles

Multilingual Services

Peer Tutoring

Services for Students with Disabilities

Writing Center

Writing Tutor Application


9:00 am–5:00 pm

Contact Information

Center for Academic Excellence
Reinhardt Hall,
B Wing
P: 510.430.3360

Last Updated: 3/3/15