Monthly Archives: October 2019

Student Art Exhibition at the Society of Western Artists Gallery

art exhibition

Ur Real Life by Todd Owens

The Society of Western Artists Gallery in San Bruno is presenting an exhibition of artworks by Skyline College art students from October 26 – November 23.

There will be a reception and awards ceremony at the S.W.A. Gallery in downtown San Bruno on Friday, November 1, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Come join the festivities! The exhibition features over 50 artworks in all media by current and former Skyline College art students, and $500 in awards will be presented to winning artists! The exhibition is a great place for students, their families, faculty, staff, and others to view and enjoy the creative talents of Skyline College students. The S.W.A. gallery is located at 527 San Mateo Avenue in downtown San Bruno, and is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Article by Paul Bridenbaugh | Photo by Todd Owens


Human Library Encourages Human Connection

human library octoberOn October 23, 2019 about 40 students, staff, administrators, faculty and community members sat down together in pairs at Skyline College Library, as eight of them  — in the form of “human books” — shared courageous conversations about life experiences with “readers” they’d never met.

This month’s human books, with such inventive titles as Legend of Latin Rock’s Rise from the Darkness to the Light, All Who Wander are not Lost and A Bear Ate a Man, raised hot topic issues. On the table for frank discussion? Topics ranged from racism and drug addiction to politics, pressures and other prejudices. Each session of the Human Library features new and different books.

Time and time again, powerful connections were made as human books and readers from different spheres found commonality in sharing stories. Students reported that they drew courage from dialog with books who’d overcome major life challenges and persevered. One former student back for a visit “read” all eight books and explained how the event had reversed what had started out a very bad day.  Another relayed, “I had the most awesome time…I “read” five books today…and I’ll be returning to read more…Wow!”

One human book participant commented on “my readers crying and relating; it was pure human connection.” Another spoke of the significance of their reader relaying “that with my book, they broke an inner wall in them.” While responses by participants in the Human Library have been overwhelming positive, some students learning about the event through email or flyers are unsure of what to expect. To our past participants: please help us spread the word! Read about October’s books and visit The Learning Common’s Human Library photo gallery on Facebook.

Lastly, mark your calendars for our next Human Library session Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m! Questions? Contact Please Pia Walawalkar at

Article by Jessica Silver-Sharp | Photo by Marisa Thigpen

Fall 2019 Promise Scholars Program – CUNY ASAP Convening

PSPOn October 17-18, 2019, Skyline College hosted the Fall 2019 Promise Scholars Program – CUNY ASAP Convening. This convening was a vital component of Promise Scholars Program (PSP) Replication project partially funded by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) Award for Innovation in Higher Education grant. Organized by Lauren Ford, Project Director for the PSP Replication, the site visit included teams from the three San Mateo County Community College District colleges (Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College) along with Cuesta College, Lake Tahoe Community College, and Pasadena City College who are planning for replication of the PSP. The PSP is recognized replication of the City University of New York (CUNY) Accelerated Studies in Associates Programs (ASAP) model.

Working in collaboration with the CUNY ASAP Replication Team, we created an informative, robust, and engaging experience. The convening included two tracks: one for counseling faculty, PSP leads/directors and PSP staff, and one for college leadership (presidents, vice presidents, and deans). This made the visit meaningful and impactful for all constituents attending.

The leadership track included in-depth conversations about balancing student to counselor ratios by integrating across programs such as EOPS, TRiO, and Learning Communities, programmatic considerations, data and reporting, collaborating with instruction, and strategic funding and sustainability. The counseling teams completed an in-depth training facilitated by the CUNY ASAP Advisor Training Team and supported by Skyline College PSP counseling faculty. The counseling training started with an overview of the history of CUNY ASAP, a grounding discussion about equity in counseling, a review of the ASAP model, and case studies to identify the ways in which SMCCCD faculty and staff can apply the ASAP model within the Promise Scholars Program.

Many thanks to the CUNY ASAP team: Mary Hiebert, Clara Chen, Amy Prince, Elizabeth Rincon, and Lesley Leppert for their collaboration in developing this convening. Thank you to Kim Davalos, Kent Gomez, Ellen Murray, Marisol Quevedo, Lizette Bricker, Priscilla Menjivar, Allie Fasth, Ray Hernandez, Chris Gibson, Zahra Mojtahedi, Angélica Garcia, Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza, and Aaron McVean for your assistance in developing engaging activities for participants. Thanks to Roger Marcelo for your technological genius. Much kudos to Pacific Dining for keeping us fed and nourished. As always, thank you to the facilities team who helped with set up and maintaining a space for our engaging conversations.

Article by Lauren Ford and Aaron McVean | Photo by Ricardo Coronado

International Student Program Hosts Employment Workshop

ISPOn Wednesday, October 23, 2019 the International Student Program (ISP) hosted an employment workshop for international students currently attending Skyline College. ISP Program Services Coordinator, Chikako Walker, advised students about various on- and off-campus job opportunities and internships.

There was a special focus on informing students about jobs offered on campus, providing more insight into how they can find on-campus employment. The workshop also covered the basics of immigration regulations for international students, the types of employment they are allowed to engage in and how to apply for work authorization. Many of the international students in attendance had plans to work after graduation, and the workshop helped clear up many misconceptions students may have had, helping them to be better informed.

ISP will continue to provide international and cultural programs and events for Skyline College students, faculty and staff members and the greater Skyline College community. Please check future events on the ISP website at:

Article by Chikako Walker | Photo by Zaw Min Khant

The Library Creates Wall of Support for Undocumented Students

undocuweekThroughout Skyline College’s 2nd Annual UndocuWeek, the Library hosted a series of crafting and story-sharing opportunities for the students, staff, faculty, and administrators of Skyline College to show their support for undocumented students.

Folks that visited were invited to support in different ways. Any visitor could create a paper flower in solidarity with undocumented students and place it on the wall. Additionally, folks were invited to fill out a piece of paper titled “My immigrant story is…” where they could share their stories, family stories, support for immigrant students, or anything else that the prompt brought up for them. Educators were also encouraged to take a picture as an “Unafraid Educator” who supports undocumented students.

The wall is a beautiful display of solidarity, resilience, and the courage it takes to share one’s story. The wall will continue to be up for the next couple of weeks so we invite you to come read some of the really powerful stories shared by the Skyline College community, and even add your own story, picture, or paper flower!

Article and Photo by Pamela Ortiz Cerda

2nd Annual UndocuWeek

On the week of October 14 -18, 2019, Skyline College hosted a week full of events to support and advocate for undocumented students and community members. Every day had a different theme starting off with a “Tell Your Story” pizza lunch where students shared their poems, thoughts, and stories about how immigration had impacted them, their friends, and their families.

On Tuesday, the Associated Students of Skyline College (ASSC), the Dream Center, Latin American Student Organization (L.A.S.O.) and the Filipino Student Union (FSU) partnered up for an Abolish ICE rally which was followed by a Legal Rights Workshop updating students on what is happening with today’s immigration policy.

Wednesday, the Dream Center partnered with ASSC to bring undocumented entrepreneur, Alejandro Flores-Muñoz, to speak about the opportunities for making a living without Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) as a business owner. This luncheon talk was followed up by a workshop from the Bay Area Entrepreneurship Center (BAEC) for students to learn how they could start their own businesses.

With “Mental and Emotional Wellness” being Thursday’s theme, the Dream Center and Psychcology services hosted “UndocuTalks” and invited therapy dogs to campus for students to be able to talk and de-stress.

Friday closed with a big reveal of the Library’s Wall of Support for Undocumented Students.

The Dream Center would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who participated and supported this week full of events. For more updates on future Dream Center programming please follow their Instagram @skyline_dreamcenter or email

Article and Photo by Pamela Ortiz Cerda

Latinx Professionals Come to the BAEC

people at mixerOn Thursday, October 10, 2019 the Bay Area Entrepreneur Center, held their monthly Networking Mixer.  It was in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month and was a vehicle to encourage professionals throughout the Latinx diaspora to attend.

In conjunction with the San Bruno Chamber of Commerce, BAEC staff and students welcomed professionals from all different industries and from around the bay area. From authors to financial advisers to business coaches to restaurateurs.  Professionals mingled with each other and had in-depth conversations about financial security, networking, and building a strong personal brand. The conversations lasted for several hours and attendees entered into a drawing for prizes.

The Bay Area Entrepreneur Center hosts monthly mixers, meetups and workshops for emergent and seasoned entrepreneurs and for interested members of the community.  Join us for our Halloween Mixer on Wednesday, October 30, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  Join us on our socials and learn more about our events here:

Article by Nicole Moreno-Deinzer | Photos by Chad Burnaw

Classified Scholarship Drive – We’re Almost at our Goal!!

The Skyline College Classified Senate is excited to report that the Classified Senate Student Scholarship Fundraising Drive is almost at our goal. As of today, we have raised $860, which tells us that we are only $640 dollars away from meeting our goal of $1,500. This means if 26 people donate $25 dollars, we will meet our goal by the end of the month!

Please consider donating if you haven’t already to help provide students a better access to higher education, please DONATE ONLINE.

PLUS – All those who donate $25 or more will be entered to win a Hydro Flask and a few other prizes from the Skyline College bookstore! Every dollar counts!

The scholarship drive will continue through October 31, 2019. Raffle prize drawings will be held on November 1, 2019.

Your generous contribution to support our students is greatly appreciated!!!

Questions? Contact Sherrie Prasad.

Article by Sherrie Prasad

Study Abroad Luncheon Hosts Consul General of France in San Francisco

Study Abroad Luncheon 10.23.2019On Wednesday, October 23, 2019, Skyline College Interim President, Dr. Jannett Jackson, welcomed Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens, Consul General of France in San Francisco, and Caroline Jouanin and Monica Medina, representatives from the Rennes School of Business in France. The luncheon and reception, with over 80 attendees, was a celebration of international education and its role in empowering and transforming a global community of learners. The luncheon was also a part of Skyline College’s Meta Major Week Events under Business, Entrepreneurship & Management.

Dr. Jackson, shared some of the milestones that the Study Abroad Program has achieved in the last several years, including recognition by the U.S. Department of State as the number one top-producing community college in California of the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship; raising $20,000 in Study Abroad scholarships through the Community Travel Program; launching the Global Internships Program; opening the Skyline College Passport Office; and receiving a grant from the Embassy of France in Washington D.C. to implement Campus France, a new transfer abroad opportunity for SMCCCD students to transfer to the Rennes School of Business in France to complete their Bachelor’s degree.

The Consul General shared his own experience studying abroad and spoke about the importance of building intercultural competencies in today’s global economy and workforce. Ms. Jouanin spoke about the new Campus France Program* and opportunities for SMCCCD students to transfer abroad to the Rennes School of Business in France.

A highlight of the event was hearing from SMCCCD Study Abroad alumni about their experiences abroad. College of San Mateo alumna Elizabeth Ramirez joined on a video call from Southern California to share how her experience studying abroad in Florence in 2016 shaped her career path and led to her current position at the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. Skyline College alumni and current Rennes School of Business students Angelo Domagas and Laurel Lujan joined the reception on a video call from France and spoke about their adjustment process and classes in France. Current College of San Mateo students Aaron Wilson and Malik Griffin spoke about their experiences participating in Global Internships in Hong Kong over the summer and the process of applying for scholarships, and Skyline College students Ms. Fountaine and April Hubert shared their experiences studying abroad in Brazil and South Africa as STEM students.

These opportunities blend with Skyline College’s mission to empower and transform a global community of learners and its goal to make high-impact practices and transformative educational experiences like studying and interning abroad accessible for all students who wish to participate.

SMCCCD Study Abroad is the district-wide study abroad program housed in the Global Learning Programs and Services Division at Skyline College. For more information about studying or interning abroad, faculty teach abroad opportunities, community travel for lifelong learners, visiting international faculty presenters and student scholarship opportunities, please contact Zaid Ghori at or (650) 738-7088 or Stephanie Wells at You can also learn more by visiting the SMCCD Study Abroad Facebook page or Instagram page @smcccd_study_abroad.

*The Campus France Program is a recipient of the 2019-2020 Skyline College President’s Innovation Fund.

Article by Stephanie Wells | Photo by Zaid Ghori

Legislative Staff Site Visit from Sacramento

Legislative Site VisitSkyline College received a request from Dr. Laura Metune, Vice Chancellor of Government Relations from the California Community College State Chancellor’s Office, to host a legislative staff site visit. Skyline College was selected because it is considered a leader within the community college system.

The Chancellor’s Office made the commitment to legislative staff that these visits observe how colleges operate. The day started with a campus tour by three students from the Promise Scholars Program followed by a six hour meeting focusing on the Promise Scholars Program, the Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) model, Guided Pathways, the Strong Workforce Program and AB 705 Implementation within the rubric of the Skyline College’s Comprehensive Redesign.

The team of 17 consisted of various legislative offices that include members of the Chancellor’s Office, the Foundation Success Center, the Legislative Analysts’ Office, the Governor’s Office and the Department of Finance.

We received a letter of thanks from Governor Gavin Newsom based on the feedback he received from those in attendance. I also want to thank District Office staff who participated, Chief of Staff Mitch Bailey and Vice Chancellor of Educational Services and Planning Aaron McVean and Project Director, Promise Scholars Program Replication Lauren Ford; and the 23 Skyline College faculty, staff, and administrators who shared their passion and experience on program implementation and replication efforts.

Article by Jannett Jackson | Photo by Mia Coo