Daily Archives: March 5, 2021

ASSC Black History Month 2021 – Closing Event Discussion Panel – A Celebration of Black Excellence by Felagot Desta, Student Life Intern

ASSC Black History Month FlyerOn the 22nd of February 2021, the Associated Student of Skyline College along with the Center for Student Life and Leadership Development held an online event – a panel discussion to celebrate the closing of ASSC’s Black History Month 2021. The event took place on Zoom and was kicked off by a brief introduction from Student Life Manager Alvin Gubatina. The discussion was then led by ASSC Senator Anthony Tran who introduced our four panelists.

Our distinguished panelists were: Dr. Jennifer Taylor Mendoza (Vice President of Instruction), Pcyeta Stroud Director of the Bay Area Entrepreneur Center (BAEC), Professor Kenyatta Weathersby (Mathematics Instructor at Skyline College) and Dr. Chad Coates (Skyline College’s new Umoja-ASTEP Faculty Coordinator). After brief introductions of each panelist, imperative discussions were raised. The topics included mainly a focus on each panelist’s educational barriers, foundational support or resources that were vital to their success. Other in depth and personal questions were posed such as understanding when they had their earliest memory of realizing their skin color mattered, overcoming struggles and on how our campus can do better to celebrate and connect with our Black community. Panelists shared tremendous stories and thoughts on the discussion points stated above to a great extent.

The event then concluded with a Q&A and giving opportunity to participants to ask questions to the panelist as well as sharing their thoughts. Great ideas, thoughts, suggestions and questions were raised on this session of the event including life expectancy in the African American community, diversity in faculty and staff, counseling as well as reaching students through virtual learning.

If you’d like to watch the whole event online and learn more about each panelist, the full video link is attached below, it is on the ASSC YouTube Channel here:


Article by Ryan Samn

Welcome Spring Interns!

BAEC Spring OrientationPlease join the Bay Area Entrepreneur Center of Skyline College in welcoming our newest cohort of student interns into our Virtual Job-Shadow Program.  The Virtual Internship Job-Shadow Program provides an opportunity for Skyline College students to receive training and exposure in real-world business environments.  Through the job-shadow program, our students engage in problem solving strategies and are exposed to professional development and (virtual) networking opportunities. Our interns are also eligible to receive up to three units of college credit through the Cooperative Education Program.  Be on the lookout for our student spotlights-where we highlight our student interns and provide an opportunity for them build their professional network.

All students participating in the program receive an assessment determining specific areas of interest and are trained on a range of interpersonal job skills, and soft-skills.

For ways to be involved in the Internship Job Shadow Program, or for more information connect with us here.

Article by Pcyeta Stroud

Image by Ling Chien

SPARC Meeting Update

The Skyline College Strategic Planning and Allocation of Resources Committee (SPARC) met on Thursday, February 25, 2021.

Tri-chair Ingrid Vargas, Dean of Planning, Research, Innovation and Effectiveness presented overall review of student outcomes metrics from the Skyline College Scorecard.  The scorecard reflects the metrics measured by ACCJC. Please see links for more detail  Scorecard Overview and Scorecard.pdf

The Skyline College Technology Advisory Committee (TAC) Co-chairs Ricardo Flores and Rolin Moe gave an update of the TAC charge, membership and responsibilities.  Additional details on the TAC website TAC.  Some major projects include revising the technology plan for 2019-2023 to incorporate changes due to the pandemic, and technology integration with the Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) to improve operations and student services.

As a follow-up to the February 11th meeting, Paul Cassidy, Manager of Finance and Operations provided a recap of the additional Fund 1 budget resources for FY 2020-21 and the three scenarios for allocation of these resources based on the Committee’s input.  Members will have opportunity to obtain feedback from their constituents and submit their votes on the scenario at the next meeting.

Tri-chair Vargas led the discussion on the Institutional Effectiveness Committee (IEC) recommended goals for the ACCJC Annual Report. Members will also vote on the recommendation at the next meeting. Further information in the IEC can be found IEC

Vote to recommend to CGC that the recommendations of the CPR Redesign Task Force be accepted and implemented.

SPARC meets on the second and the last Thursday of the month from 2:10 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for March 11, 2021.  For additional information, please see https://skylinecollege.edu/sparc/.

Article by Judy Hutchinson

March Events @the Bay Area Entrepreneur Center!

Women in Business WorkshopJoin the Bay Area Entrepreneur Center (BAEC), along with our campus and community partners as we celebrate National Women’s History Month-this March.  The BAEC is hosting a series of events and finding all sorts of ways to support local businesses, entrepreneurs and leaders, while commemorating the achievements and celebrating the triumphs, women have made throughout history.  The BAEC is hosting virtual workshops, tutorials and one-on-one coaching sessions, all led by BAEC team members, advisors and community and campus partners.  Please visit our BAEC Eventbrite page to register!

In addition to celebrating women, the BAEC serves the entrepreneurial community at-large, with valuable business tools and resources.  Connect with us here and here for past sessions and additional content.

Questions? Interest? Contact us at baec@smccd.edu or visit us at www.skylinebaec.org.

Article by Pcyeta Stroud

Image by Olivia Vialau

Transfer Student Panel: Students Breaking Barriers!!

The Transfer Center hosted, “Student Breaking Barriers,” a virtual student alumni panel. Attendees got the opportunity to hear from three phenomenal alumni– Chantel Giner, a Psychology major in her final semester at San Francisco State, Briana Miranda a Psychological Science major in her second quarter at UC Irvine, and Manuel ‘Manny’ Verdin a Criminal Justice major in his last semester at San Francisco State. The panelist shared narratives of their educational experiences that inspired and motivated the audience. The conversation centered around ways in which Skyline helped them prepare for transfer and their future careers, advice they had for students considering transfer, and the importance of using different resources.

Each panelist shared their rich experiences at each of their campuses, but what was most apparent was their desire to give back to Skyline because of the relationships they built. Manny Verdin highlighted the difference he sees between institutions stating that Skyline provided him with a strong support system a, “close knit community…[with] a lot of resources and a lot of people reaching out to you,” highlighting that at the university, “it’s a bigger environment so there’s more people…it’s a little bit harder to keep track of everyone, so you kind of have to search out those opportunities and resources for yourself.” Briana Miranda reminded students that they did not have to do things on their own sharing that the educational journey, “doesn’t have to be a lonely journey.” This sentiment was shared by all three panelists. It was CIPHER alum, Chantel Giner that continued to motivate students by reminding them to, “set a goal for yourself, it is attainable as long as you put the hard work into it. Even if it is a path that has never been taken before in your family.”

Overall the transfer panel was an inspirational experience and would not have been possible without the support of over 30 students, faculty and staff in attendance. A special note of appreciation to Rolando Mutul, Transfer Center Ambassador, who brought the alumni together to share their unique college journey. The Transfer Center is appreciative of the continued support that allows us to create spaces for students to share their experiences. If you were unable to catch the event you can watch the recording here.

Article by Jackie Flores & Lucy Jovel

RTSB Presents: Get Free: Creating Space of Infinite Possibilities through Hip Hop Based Counseling Practices

RTSB Hip Hop CounselingAs a result of the global and racial pandemic that has impacted our communities of color, it is evident that there are challenges and inequities that are amplified in our educational systems.  While it is important to address these inequities, we cannot forget to celebrate and acknowledge the resilience, the strength, and the joy that our youth and students bring into our educational spaces.  How do we begin to move from the metaphorical shelter-in-place to space of infinite possibilities?

Rock The School Bells is hosting a webinar on Friday, March 19, from 10:00 am-1:30 pm titled, “Get Free: Creating Space of Infinite Possibilities through Hip Hop Based Counseling Practices.”  This free event will provide attendees with an opportunity to learn about the phenomenal work by counseling professionals who utilize Hip Hop based counseling practices in various settings such as K-12, college counseling, and community-based counseling that meaningfully centers the lives and experiences of their youth and students.

In addition, there will be three different breakout tracks (K-12, College, and Community-Based counseling) that will allow attendees to connect, collaborate, learn from, and share ways in which they have utilized Hip Hop to inform their counseling practices working with youth and students.

Drawing from our overall theme of “Space of Infinite Possibilities”, we aimed to address questions such as:

  • How will our curricular content and pedagogical approaches change and adapt when we purposefully center our students’ voices and experiences?
  • How are we redefining our counseling spaces to serve and support our students equitably?
  • How are we addressing challenges our students are facing as a result of the racial and environmental pandemic?  How are we meaningfully highlighting and uplifting our students’ strengths and cultural capital to address these challenges?
  • What can higher education institutions learn from Hip Hop culture and education in regards to social-emotional learning in a virtual space?
  • In what ways are we creating a space for students to dream big and dream out loud? What kind of space are we creating to allow for creative expression and entrepreneurial thinking?

If you are interested in attending, sign up for free at bit.ly/hiphopcounseling.

For more information, please contact info@rocktheschoolbells.com or visit our website at www.rocktheschoolbells.com.

Article written by  Nate Nevado

Flyer Design by David Nguyen

Save the Date for Poetry Corner: Empower Women, Empower Earth

Empower Women, Empower EarthOn March 18 at 4pm, the Poetry Corner is pleased to present Empower Women, Empower Earth. With a theme of ecofeminism, this virtual event by Zoom brings together three esteemed writers in celebration of the joint work of feminism and environmentalism in saving our planet: Dr. Persis Karim, Maya Khosla, and Kim Shuck (find full bios here: http://bit.ly/PoetBios)

We invite you to enjoy the afternoon with us! If you like, bring a favorite poem or a personal piece to share. Bring a friend! Register here: tinyurl.com/PoetryCornerEWEE

This session of Poetry Corner is brought to you by the Skyline College Library, English department faculty and Poetry Club President Hilary Cruz Mejia, in collaboration with Aileen Cassinetto, San Mateo County Poet Laureate.

The Poetry Corner Series offers the Skyline College community a space to gather and celebrate diversity and lyrical power through the art of poetry. Learn more about the event by visiting: https://guides.skylinecollege.edu/LibraryEvents/PoetryEcofeminism.

You’re welcome to bring your students and assign extra credit for attendance. Questions? Please contact Pia Walawalkar <walawalkars@smccd.edu>.

Article by Jessica Silver-Sharp

Academic Senate Update

The Academic Senate met on February 18 and March 4, 2021. Here are highlights from the meetings.

Screening Committee Approvals: The following faculty were approved to serve:

  • Cosmetology: Cassidy Ryan White (COSM Faculty), Chair;  Carmen Richardson (COSM Faculty); Tammy Calderon (COSM Faculty)
  • Engineering/Computer Science:  Nick Langhoff (ENGR/COMP Faculty), Chair Jenny Le (STEM Center Counseling Faculty);  Denise Hum (MATH Faculty); Norm Del Prado (NETX Faculty)
  • Biology:  Christine Case (BIOL Faculty), Chair Yancy Aquino (BIOL Faculty) Alice Erskine (SURG Faculty) Kenyatta Weathersby (MATH Faculty)
  • Counseling: Melanie Espinueva (COUN Faculty), Chair; Alberto Santellan (COUN Faculty); Beverly Muse (Discipline Expert)
  • Geography: John Ulloa (HIST/ANTH Faculty), Chair; Susan Mahoney (GEOL/GEOG Faculty – Cañada College), Discipline Expert; James Wong (HIST Faculty, previously taught GEOG); Carlos Colombetti (PHIL Faculty)

Statements of support:  The Academic Senate issued statements of support for revisions to BP 2.27 Smoking on Campus, a statement on maximum/minimum class size, and for support of students affected by the coup in Myanmar.

Calling Candidates for Academic Senate:  Faculty interested in serving on the Academic Senate are encouraged to review the Effective Planning presentation and the Call for Candidates advertisement. Interested members should fill out the Google form to state their candidacy by April 14.

Career Education and Workforce Development “Career & Coffee Conversations:” Dean Andrea Vizenor and CTE Liaison Cassidy Ryan-White invite faculty to share ideas and opportunities for collaboration with workforce development and to take career and workforce development ideas to the next level.

Faculty are also welcome to join a Short-Term Workforce Training Planning Meeting on

The next Academic Senate meeting will be on March 18, 2021. Thank you for all that you do for our students.

Article by Leigh Anne Shaw


Skyline College Marketing Team Receives Multiple Gold (and Silver) Medals in Education Advertising Awards Contest!

Edu Ad AwardsThe Marketing team at Skyline College, led by Marketing Director Cherie Colin, has come away from the 36th Annual Educational Advertising Awards contest with four Gold medals and four Silver medals. The winning submissions include the Skyline College Annual Report, the 50th Anniversary Video, and the digital invitations to the 50th Anniversary Gala. Additional medals were awarded for 50th Anniversary banners, the logo, and website. For 36 years, the Edu Ad Awards have recognized exceptional work in the field of educational marketing and advertising from colleges and universities throughout the nation. Out of thousands of submissions, Skyline College stands out and truly shines. Congratulations to our Marketing team and to all faculty, staff, and students for the win.

A full list of all winners can be found here: https://educationaladvertisingawards.com/winners-list/winners-list-2021/. Awards will be distributed to all winning institutions and agencies this April.

Article by Becky Threewit

Words Changing Worlds: Activist Poetry Inspires Purpose and Unity in our Common Struggles

Poetry Corner BHMFebruary 26 brought together members of our community for a virtual reading and discussion of  poetry as a powerful vehicle for activism and expression during challenging times.

Amanda Gorman’s “The Hill we all Climb”

Led by Poetry Club president and alumna Hilary Cruz Mejia and English faculty members Lucia Lachmayr and Rob Williams, participants began by exploring Gorman’s now famous inaugural poem for the power of its language, imagery, metaphors and symbols. The group concluded, “We all have our own hills but this is one we need to climb together.”

San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto also spoke to Gorman’s talent at effectively highlighting the painful event at the Capitol on January 6, 2021 — “we’ve seen a force that will shatter our nation” — and how “that’s what makes being a poet really useful at this time. When you see something that bothers you, a poet can always find its name and then take it out of obscurity and create language around it, and it’s in this cusp that poets make a difference.”

Writing & Sharing Poetry Together

Professor Lachmayr next led the group in an informal poetry exercise around two questions: “What’s one feeling you’re having about a challenge you’re facing?” and “What’s one positive thing you’re looking toward to address that with?” Using answers posted in the Zoom chat she crafted a group poem that participants experienced together, reading aloud.

Participants next read from their own works and works they admired. From Cruz Mejia, two powerful works she’d composed, “Our Silent Pain” and “Nameless Days.” Hebert Rivas Flores read an excerpt from activist Brazilian poet Vinícius de Moraes’ “Sonnet on Infidelity.” Student poet Katherine Alm read courageously from a letter written to her own anxiety as a tool for taming it. Cassinetto read a recent piece she’d crafted for the Fellowship of Reconciliation following the 2020 presidential election. Lachmayr followed with a poem by Williams recently published in From Everywhere a Little: A Migration Anthology. Librarian Pia Walawalkar read a powerful passage from Minal Hajratwala’s Leaving India. Participants discussed the theme of colonialism that many students present had experienced first hand.

How does poetry activate us? Some thoughts shared by participants:

  • “The journalists and the poets bring out the truth, tap into our emotions so that we feel like we need to do something about it.”
  • “I find poetry as a way to communicate that we are not understanding each other, we need to learn to listen to the words”.
  • “Poetry also [allows] you to challenge – however, before you change the world, you must change yourself…”
  • “Poetry allows you to feel empowered from other peoples stories, it starts building those connections.”

Upcoming March Events

Special Thanks 

The Poetry Corner series is hosted by Skyline College Library and supported by a President’s Innovation Fund award. Special thanks go out to Marisa Thigpen and Pia Walawalkar for organizing Words Changing Worlds: Activist Poetry. 

Article by Jessica Silver-Sharp