Daily Archives: October 22, 2015

ASSC Hosts a Variety of Student-Focused Events Around Campus

Coming Out Day Coming Out Day

In celebration of the first National Coming Out Day since marriage equality was passed nationwide in the United States, the Associated Students of Skyline College put on an event we called “Skyline’s Big Fat Gay Wedding.” We wanted our event to celebrate the accomplishments made in our nation through the Equal Rights Movement and we wanted students to experience an open, exciting, colorful environment of celebration where everyone can be who they are and marry the one they love un-apologetically.

In the quad we gave out cupcakes with rainbow candy strips to students who helped with a community art project. The art project involved students writing on different colored pieces of paper explaining what “coming out” means to them. Students had many beautiful responses that ranged from “embracing who you are”, “loving yourself”, “living a free to life”, to even “being fabulous.” We then used the “coming out” cards to make a rainbow on a canvas that is now attached to the window in the Associated Students office facing a commonly used campus walkway, for all students and staff to see. Students also had the opportunity to take “wedding” photos with their significant others or their friends with fun props to celebrate marriage equality, and being free and unafraid to be in love, or show your love.

Many students expressed their gratitude and appreciation of the event, saying the event was fun and that there was a great message to it all. For as long as we enlightened one student’s mind to something new, or made one student feel safe or comfortable, our goal would be achieved.

A few students from the Middle College Program here at Skyline College, for example, expressed their appreciation of the event. They said that just by walking through the event in passing, or by stopping and participating, they finally felt like they belonged and felt free to be themselves at school.

The event wasn’t meant to bend the rules and break norms, but to enlighten Skyline College students to how “norms” aren’t always relative; they are unique to individuals and peoples, and that no matter what, these individuals and peoples are all human. We are all looking to be loved, to be free, and to be ourselves and let our true colors shine on through.


In solidarity with the Umpqua Community College shooting in Oregon that happened earlier this month, the Associated Students of Skyline College facilitated an #IamUCC campaign to spread awareness and to have a moment of silence.  Skyline College students took the time to write heartfelt letters for those affected by the recent shooting and took individual pictures to stand with UCC. The letters have been sent to UCC.

To learn more, please visit: http://www.umpqua.edu/scholarships-donations

Showcasing the Diversity of Latin America

The Associated Students celebrated Latino Heritage Month with three educational programs that raised a lot of attention and curiosity in students, faculty and staff alike. With a focus on cultural awareness, this year’s student government wanted to explore the definition of Latino identity by exposing the campus to the rich cultures of Central and South America. The festivities began with a powerful spoken word performance by educator, poet and activist Paul Flores. Speaking on themes of urban culture and transnational identity for Latinos, students were challenged to think critically of the current social climate. An Argentinian band duo performed pieces of chacarera music and other styles, followed by an intense and engaging tango dance workshop with renowned milongeuro, Marcelo Solis.

The finale featured two live performances, and special guests from the community. Tarimba, son jarocho band, performed two sets of vibrant acoustic music from Veracruz, Mexico, leaving the Fireside Dining Room buzzing. Tabling groups included Mission Neighborhood Centers, El Tecolote Newspaper, and Carnaval, sharing information and resources with students. Colectivo Anqari, dance troupe from the South Andes region, concluded the month with a colorful display of traditional costumes and enthusiastic drumming, even getting the audience to participate! Special thanks to the Mexican Museum for donating two one¬year membership passes for two lucky winners of the Latino Heritage Instagram Contest. #LHMskyline

Breast Cancer Awareness

The Associated Students raised awareness for breast cancer on Wednesday October 21 in the Fireside Dining Room with a festive and informative tabling booth. Students wore pink ribbons throughout the day to promote the cause in their classes, and continue the conversation.

Informational brochures provided by the Health Center were available for students to learn how to take care of themselves and their families. Also, cash donations were accepted to support breast cancer research. After donating, students could spin the prize wheel for fun prizes, including wrist bands, mugs, and magnets, and also write a note of encouragement to someone they love. Women in the US are being diagnosed with breast cancer every day. To join the conversation and share why you are fighting for a cure, use #ASSCpinktober on Instagram.

Article by Dennis Zheng

Career Services Center Hosts Fall Job Fair and “Unlock Your Potential: New Rules to Career Success”

Fall Job Fair PanelThe Career Services Center had a very busy October, hosting both a career panel and a Job Fair. “Unlock Your Potential: New Rules to Career Success,” took place the evening of Thursday, October 15. A panel of recent college graduates with careers ranging from Marketing Director to Engineer to Designer and many more, fielded questions from students and engaged in a lively discussion about life after college and the knowledge they wish they had as they began their careers.

Students who attended “Unlock Your Potential: New Rules to Career Success,” also had the opportunity to eat pizza with panelists and continue the discussion well into the evening. All students were given the contact information for each of the speakers and urged to stay in touch. Hopefully, some of our attendees will return to Skyline College in the future and impart their knowledge of the world of work to students waiting to embark on their own career paths.

Less than a week after “Unlock Your Potential: New Rules to Career Success,” the Career Services Center hosted its annual Fall Job Fair. Over 30 employers were represented, including the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department, San Francisco Unified School District, UPS, KTSF Channel 26, Easter Seals and Sprint, among others. Over 100 jobs were available for Skyline College students and numerous students scheduled interviews during the event.

If you would like more information about either of these events or how to contact employers who attended the Job Fair, we encourage you to visit the Career Services Center in Building 1, Room 1219B or email skycareers@smcccd.edu.

Article by Brian Jenney

Library Highlights Diverse Content

Library Book DisplayReader’s Advisory: Provocative Content

Do you remember being too bashful to ask for library help? At the Skyline College Library we support the exploration of diverse viewpoints and controversial materials for educational purposes. Come experience library materials that you may have not known existed with this month’s foyer display. From God Is Dead to Inside Organized Racism, familiarize yourself with this diverse range of titles and encourage students, both shy and bold alike, to explore these topics as well.

All library materials on display are available for check out using your free Peninsula Library System (PLS) library card. Don’t currently have a card? Come to the Check Out desk and register today.

Article and Images by Kristen Lee

5th Annual WRCBAA Community College Career Institute a Success

wrcbaa On Saturday, October 10, 2015, Skyline College hosted the 5th annual Western Region Council on Black American Affairs (WRCBAA) Community College Career Institute. The purpose of the event was to open the doors of higher education to a more diverse group of qualified professionals. The purpose of the institute is to foster dialogue and action that can lead to the improvement of the educational landscape of our college communities. The focus of the day was navigating the hiring system from the application process, through the interview and finally landing the job!

wrcbaaThe WRCBAA must also thank our host, mistress of ceremonies and Skyline College President, Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud for allowing us not only to dream but to actualize the goals of the organization. We had an extremely impactful day with our guest keynote, Dr. Shaun McKay, President of Suffolk County Community College in Seldon, New York. In attendance were Dr. Jowell Laguerre, newly appointed Chancellor of Peralta Community College District and Dr. Marian Shivers, Dean, Leadership Development Institute for the NCBAA. Panelists came from New York, Georgia, Washington, Arizona and California to impart their knowledge and experience.

The event would not have been possible without the sponsorship of San Mateo County Community College District, Skyline College, College of San Mateo, Canada College, Sacramento City College, Chabot College, College of Alameda, Merritt College, Maricopa County Community College and the team of volunteers from Skyline College.

Article by Dr. Tammy Robinson | Photos by Randolph Belle