Monthly Archives: December 2018

EOPS and Guardian Scholars Celebrate the Holidays

EOPS and Guardian ScholarsEOPS and the Guardian Scholars Program gathered in community to share some holiday cheer during this final week of instruction. Families and friends gathered to celebrate the hard work, achievements of their loved ones and to kick off the holiday season by breaking bread with one another. The celebration included holiday music, games, dinner served by EOPS staff and faculty and an abundance of love and laughter.

A few highlights include a welcome address by Lasana Hotep, Dean of Student Equity and Support Programs, the honoring of current EOPS student certificate, degree and transfer completions and a moving performance by one of our current students.

Student, Jennifer Martinez, shared a few words about her journey through Skyline College noting her transformation over the past two and a half years as a student who engaged with programs such as the Summer Scholars Institute, Puente Learning Community, TRiO and EOPS. She shared the message of how important she feels it is to engage with student services and resources on campus and to know one’s own limits when it comes to semester course load. Jennifer is completing her Associates for Transfer Degree in Business Administration this semester and will be transferring in Spring 2019 to San Francisco State University (SFSU) to continue her academic journey as a Business Marketing Major. She plans on returning to Skyline College in the capacity of mentorship.

Angelina Alvarez, current EOPS student and Phi Theta Kappa member, shared her breathtaking talent of vocal performance by singing “So Big, So Small” from the Tony Award winning Musical Dear Evan Hansen, leaving the audience in awe. Angelina is a Music major who recently completed her UC transfer applications. She will be graduating from Skyline College next semester and transferring in Fall 2019.

Much appreciation to all Skyline College staff and faculty who contributed to the EOPS and Guardian Scholars Holiday Gift Giving efforts to provide gifts for our students’ children. A special thanks to Skyline College staff and faculty who helped prepare this celebration, especially the EOPS staff, faculty, and student ambassadors: Linda Allen, Guillermo Alonzo, Veljanae Bradford, Cassandra Gutierrez, Cynthia Haro, Imelda Hermosillo, Tia Holiday, Amante Jones, Suzanne Poma and Martha Santos.

For further information about EOPS or the Guardian Scholars Program, please contact the EOPS Office at (650) 738-4139 or email skyeops@smccd.edu.

We wish you and yours a happy holiday season. – The EOPS Family

Article and Photo by Melanie Espinueva+Aure

CalCPA Visits Skyline College for Speed Mentoring Event on October 22, 2018

Speed MentoringOn Monday, October 22, 2018, the Peninsula/Silicon Valley Chapter of CalCPA hosted a Speed Mentoring event at Skyline College for local accounting students to get a chance to explore the diverse career paths within accounting by interacting with six professionals from different accounting backgrounds who volunteered their time to sit with students and tell them about their daily lives. The professionals gave them inside tips and knowledge about their professions as well as answer any questions that the students had. Students were also introduced to the wide variety of resources offered by the CalCPA. The professionals who volunteered their time were:

  • Christina Yee, CPA  – Taxation (Frank, Rimerman + Co.)
  • Mei Liu, CPA  – Taxation (Young, Craig & Co.)
  • Alex Barron – Taxation (BPM LLP)
  • Jace Weaver – Business & Industry (Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club)
  • Judy Yip – Forensics (Hemming Morse LLP)
  • Michael Gallaher – Audit (Sensiba San Filippo LLP)
  • Joe Harding – Family Office (Seiler LLP)

Special thank you to accounting Professor Linda Whitten, CalCPA PSV Program Associate Stephanie Stewart, and NDNU CalCPA Campus Ambassador Margo Feldman for making this event possible.

Article by Margo Feldman | Photo by Hellen Zhang

Skyline College Accounting Students Win CalCPA Scholarships

CalCPA student scholarship dinner fall 2018Students and faculty braved the smoke and attended the CalCPA Peninsula Silicon Valley Chapter 16th Annual Student and Awards Night on November 15, 2018. Lewis Sharpstone, Chair of CalCPA was the keynote speaker. Four Skyline College accounting students also received CalCPA Scholarships: Oksana Basin, Erik Ferroggiaro, Jiehua Lu, and Michael Wong.

Article and Photo by Linda Whitten

Equity Summit Calls for Transformative Teaching and Leadership

Equity Summit 2018Skyline College has made a commitment to rethink and be intentional about the way we engage teaching and learning. In an effort to remain true to this commitment, on Friday, November 2, 2018, Skyline College invited some of the nation’s leading scholars and practitioners on educational equity to share their theories and strategies. The program opened with welcome remarks from Lasana Hotep, the Dean of Student Equity and Support Programs, Jesse Raskin from the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, and Skyline College President Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud.

The Equity Summit featured seven 15 minute equity talks addressing topics ranging from a transformative framework for STEM education and shaping institutional equity. This style of concise and dynamic presentations kept the audience energized and engaged throughout the day. Six of the speakers engaged in dialogue on two Equity Plenary Sessions: “Applying Equity Theories” and “Art, Community Activism and Education.” All of the speakers shared a wealth of knowledge informed by their areas of expertise, personal narratives and values are grounded in racial equity and social transformation. This format, alternating between short talks and plenary sessions, made for a community-oriented and intellectually stimulating experience adding a modern twist to the traditional model of a professional development conference.

The Equity Summit is an experience designed to increase knowledge around educational equity and share best practices for culturally relevant teaching, advocacy and leadership. Over 500 educators, practitioners and community members from throughout California were in attendance representing community colleges, four year universities, local businesses and organizations. During the Summit, Dean Hotep announced the new “The Equity Institute,” an organization that administers institutional assessments, publishes research and facilitates professional development opportunities for organizations committed to showing up different in the areas of culture, race, gender and institutional equity.

The event culminated with a keynote address from Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Award-Winning Historian, New York Times Best-Selling Author, Professor of History and International Relations and the Founding Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at the American University in Washington D.C.

A participant from the University of Nevada, Reno shared, “This was a great summit. In a time when you can be consumed by the tumultuous and unsettling state of our country, we had a chance to breath. You made us feel at home and part of a collective community of caring, loving and progressive professionals.”

Article by Katrina Pantig | Photo by Zaw Min Khant