Monthly Archives: March 2021

BAEC Micro Grants Program – It’s Back!

BAEC Micro GrantsThe Bay Area Entrepreneur Center of Skyline College (BAEC) is relaunching the Micro Grants as part of the Small Business Recovery & Assistance Program (SBRAP), an initiative to support businesses as they recover from the financial impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. SBRAP provides local and small businesses with resources and tools to navigate the changing business climate and provides intentional support for their various stages of reopening. To learn how the BAEC can assist you, contact

The Small Business Recovery & Assistance Program is made possible with grant funding from the San Bruno Community Foundation.

Article by Pcyeta Stroud

Image by Nicole Moreno-Deinzer

Empower Women, Empower Earth – Poetry Corner Brings Ecofeminism to Skyline College

Poetry Corner EventOn Thursday, March 18th, the Library hosted the second Poetry Corner virtual reading and discussion of the Spring 2021 semester, Empower Women, Empower Earth. With a theme of ecofeminism, this emotional and enlightening event brought together over forty members of our campus community for an afternoon of poetry and discussion in celebration of the joint work of feminism and environmentalism towards saving our planet. We were honored to welcome three local and esteemed writer-activists, Dr. Persis Karim, Maya Khosla, and Kim Shuck.

This event was co-hosted by the Skyline College Library, Poetry Club and English Department, in collaboration with Aileen Cassinetto, San Mateo County Poet Laureate with the discussion facilitated by Skyline College alumna and Poetry Club President, Hilary Cruz Mejia.  

Student and community members enjoyed the event and shared their impressions with event organizers at the conclusion of the event. One student shared that “I certainly was not prepared to listen to the powerful words that the guests shared… I enjoyed my time immensely as I have felt this way that I have not been able to feel for quite some time” with another student sharing “I enjoyed Persis’s poem about the seed collector’s daughter. I lost my mother when I was younger so it’s always nice to hear memories others share. Very powerful poems as well from everyone.”

Another student summed up the event beautifully by sharing “today’s event was eye opening, like when we were going over the article about climate change and how burning things is drastically affecting our world. I liked how they were connecting topics like covid with the global crisis, and how everyone was sharing their opinions in the comment section. I also liked the calm vibe and how it was very welcoming to share any ideas we had on the topics being talked about.”

Even with difficult topics like climate justice, fire, deforestation and environmental racism, students revealed that the “poetry provided a lot of solace and inspiration. It just opens up our eyes into seeing more beauty in things that most would simply find devastating.”


During the virtual event, poets shared relevant links for more information and to learn more about their research and work. Kim Shuck,  San Francisco Poet Laureate began our event with an acknowledgement of the Ramaytush Ohlone Territory, joining the event from San Francisco. Losing her daughter to racial violence in 2012, Kim shares this journey through a collection of fifty poems honoring murdered and missing Indigenous women titled, ‘Murdered and Missing’. Kim writes, “My intention for these poems was to exorcise some of my own demons, to put words to my own confusions and pains, to mourn my personal losses and those of others.”
Kim shared her poems ‘Blooming’, ‘In the Walnut Grove’ and ‘Bridges and Crossroads’ among others.

Dr. Persis Karim, professor, poet and Director of the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies at San Francisco State University, shared poetry from her ongoing Twitter writing project, titled ‘Covid-19 Blues Diary’, and from the Shadow and Light Poetry project, an artistic response to an attack on al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad in March 2007.

Maya Khosla, wildlife biologist and writer, shared her work documenting the ecology of fire and communities who practice cultural burning. She shared information to help enlighten attendees about fire and its effects on logged and mature forests. Event attendees were guided through insightful readings and a discussion about respecting and understanding fire vs. fearing it as well as fire as an artistic muse.

Maya shared her observation and research about birds, beetles and how destructive deforestation can be and that after a devastating fire, “dead trees are the homes” for so many species of birds. She also shared links to others’ work that that inspire and inform her research and writing including a photo essay, Camp Fire Photos: Logged Areas Burned Much More Intensely, While Mature Forest Burned Mostly at Lower Intensities, Bill McKibben’s essay
To Counter Climate Change, We Need to Stop Burning Things and Forest Biomass Energy is a False Solution.

You are invited to learn more about Maya Khosla’s award-winning documentary film, ‘Searching for the Gold Spot: The Wild After Wildfire’, as well as her related article, ‘Let Wildfires Burn: Study Shows Forests Bounce Back on Their Own’. Her recently published book, ALL THE FIRES OF WIND AND LIGHT is a collection of poems highlighting the beauty of fire and the balance between our precious ecosystem and natural rejuvenation.

As with all Poetry Corner events, attendees were invited to bring a favorite poem or personal written piece related to empowering, protecting and celebrating women and the earth (or related topic). To learn more about the featured poets including links to their work and research, please visit the Library Guide, Ecofeminism. The Poetry Corner Series offers the Skyline College community a space to gather and celebrate diversity and lyrical power through the art of poetry. Our next Poetry Corner event will celebrate poems written in non-English languages. If you are interested in reading a poem in a language other than English along with an English translation, please contact Pia Walawalkar at

We welcome you to the next Library community event, the Skyline College Human Library on Thursday, April 15. To learn more about the Human Library project and to participate as a ‘book’ or ‘reader’ during our next event, please visit: Feel free to contact Pia Walawalkar at if you are interested in participating as a “human book” or have any questions about the event.


Article and Image by Marisa Thigpen

Skyline College Forensics Team Prepares for Spring Intramural Tournament

San Francisco’s collegiate forensics programs unite each semester to offer a bi-annual intramural tournament that affords CCSF, SFSU, Skyline College, and USF students an opportunity to practice and apply methods and skills studied in courses such as public speaking, oral interpretation of literature, persuasion and debate.

Last fall Skyline College students competed in this bi-annual intramural speech and debate tournament. Two Skyline College students placed in finals; Nerissa Chang received Gold for her informative speech about the impacts of live streaming, and Jonathan Zhang received bronze for his informative speech about heavy metal pollution caused by global industrialization.

COVID-19 has impacted the forensics community in ways we hadn’t previously imagined. We still want to offer something like a competition for students that still want to get some experience. We also want this tournament to be an opportunity for students in Argumentation courses to experience a debate tournament environment.

The Spring Intramural will be taking place on Friday, April 23, 2021 from 1pm-5pm. All students enrolled in a public speaking and/or debate class are welcome to compete. If you are interested in competing, please reach out to Skyline College’s Director of Forensics, Lindsey Ayotte ( We encourage any and all interested students to register and participate in our intramural tournament!


Article by: Lindsey Ayotte

SITE Conference to Feature CSM Faculty Member, Dr. Tabia Lee

SITEIf you missed the District-wide Flex Day workshop on the using the TISL method to build empathy around student camera use that was presented by College of San Mateo Faculty Instructional Designer Dr. Tabia Lee, you’re in luck!

Dr. Lee is facilitating a 2-hour workshop entitled Teacher Inquiry into Student Learning: Empathy Building and Student Camera Use at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) Conference that is taking place March 29-April 2.  SITE 2021 is the 32nd annual conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education. This society represents individual teacher educators and affiliated organizations of teacher educators in all disciplines, who are interested in the creation and dissemination of knowledge about the use of information technology in teacher education and faculty/staff development. SITE is the premiere international conference in this field and annually attracts more than 1,300 leaders in the field from over 60 countries.

Please register and plan to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!

Article by Tabia Lee

Former Men’s Basketball Players Receive Academic Recognition Around the State

Former Men’s Basketball Players Receive Academic Recognition Noah Haynesworth was selected from over 24,000 student-athletes in California to the 2019-20 California Community College Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. He was the only men’s basketball player to receive the distinction this year. The award concludes an outstanding athletic and academic career for Noah at Skyline College. In addition to this honor, Noah was voted the top men’s basketball scholar-athlete in Northern California, while also being named Academic All-State. Noah excelled on the court as well. He was named All-Conference and team MVP. Noah is currently continuing his education and athletic career at UC Davis.

Jacob Salinero was awarded the 2020-21 California Collegiate Athletic Association Championship Scholar Award for recording the highest GPA among all men’s basketball student-athletes in the 13-team conference. This comes on the heels of Jacob being named to the 2019-20 All-Academic Team. Jacob started the final eleven games of the season for Sonoma State University. He shot a team-high 42% from the 3-point line.

Masie Mohammadi was named to the 2020-21 Golden State Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. He earned a 3.82 GPA majoring in Business Administration. Masie also shot a team-high 43% from the 3-point line this season, while starting 11 of 12 games.

Article by Justin Piergrossi

Join Us for the “Medical School Panel: Preparation Tips & Tricks” Event this Tuesday!

The Biology and Chemistry Scholars (BCS) program is excited to remind you all of our “Medical School Panel: Preparation Tips & Tricks” event as a part of the Science in Action (SiA) Series. Both BCS and SiA are programs lead by our STEM Center Student Success team. Since many of our students are already considering Medical School, Amber Gougis (STEM Retention Specialist) wanted to provide an opportunity for them to hear directly from 1st and 2nd year Medical School students!

Science In Action is a weekly speaker series lead by Bryan Swartout, STEM Center Program Services Coordinator. Zoom meetings have peaked at 73 Participants almost every week. All of these are being recorded, with speaker permissions, and are available on our YouTube Channel and SiA website.

For our event on Tuesday, March 23rd from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm PT, we will have medical school student panelists from UCSF, UCSD, and Rutgers.

You can join the event via the following zoom link:

Interested in learning more about joining Biology and Chemistry Scholars (BCS)? Email Amber Gougis at or visit the STEM Learning Communities webpage at

Article by Amber Gougis

Skyline Middle College Students Win Honorable Mention in National Film Making Competition

On Wednesday March 10th, the 150 winners of the C-SPAN StudentCam national student documentary competition were announced. Over 2,300 students from 43 US states submitted documentaries for consideration. Among the winners were Skyline Middle College students Arlette Mendez Joaquin, Divina Moreno, and Natalia Chevez Molina.

Their documentary, titled The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Epidemic, was awarded the Honorable Mention prize, earning the students $250 for their hard work. THeir film explored the ongoing crisis of exploitation and harm against indigenous women in the United States, and the lack of accountability by those in power to help solve this issue.

The students began working on their film in August 2020, and submitted their final cut to C-SPAN in January 2021. Skyline Middle College Seniors have participated in the StudentCam competition for three years, beginning in Fall 2018. However, Arlette, Divina, and Natalia are the first students from Skyline Middle College to be selected as winners in this prestigious national competition.

In response to her victory, I asked student filmmaker Divina Moreno the following question: What would you like viewers of your film to do after watching your documentary?

In her own words, “The most crucial thing I could ask viewers to do after watching our documentary is to spread awareness. This epidemic has been silenced by the media for so long which is why these tragedies continue to occur. We need justice for our indigenous women. Now that Deb Haaland has been appointed [as Secretary of the Interior] we hope to see more progress in the fight for indigenous rights, but we need to keep the conversation going.”

Article by Timothy Rottenberg, Middle College Instructor

Academic Senate Update

The Academic Senate met on March 18, 2021. Here are highlights from the meeting; please see the Minutes/Agendas page for further detail.

The Academic Senate engaged in a brief discussion in response to the rising incidence of Anti-Asian violence and the horrific murder of 8 people, 6 of them Asian women, in Georgia this week. The Academic Senate condemns this violence and stands in solidarity with Asian students, colleagues and community members. We repel all acts of white supremacy and we urge all faculty to speak up and disrupt acts of violence, aggression, and hate. Suggestions to support our community included:

  • Hosting open dialogue in classrooms that establishes no tolerance for hate, not hiding behind hate speech as “free speech”
  • Centering discussion on how Anti-Asian hate events impact students and our campus community, and address omissions of Asians as a group for consideration in curricular programming and professional learning
  • Being proactive in rooting out structural causes and not merely reactive to symptoms or discrete events
  • Prioritizing the creation of guidance that helps faculty learn how to lead conversations on equity that include an understanding of whiteness and white supremacy
  • Myth-busting of the “model minority” and eliminating stigma around mental health

The senate also had several presentations.

Faculty Gateway portal:  Richard Rojo and Chris Smith of District ITS shared the new Faculty Gateway portal at They welcome feedback on the site.

Elections:  The senate voted to pilot a new process of elections this year aimed at greater inclusivity and broader participation; this required a suspension of the bylaws governing elections.

New Professional Learning Structure Proposal: Drs. Porter and Rowden-Quince shared their process of proposing a new structure for Professional Learning. The next steps will be to share it with the relevant deans governing funding of Professional Learning; then it will head to the Participatory Governance Task Force. Once the PGTF has given its feedback, the proposal will come back to senate before going to the College Governance Council.

CTE News: CTE Liaison Cassidy Ryan shared that ASCCC is looking for moderators in CTE discipline-specific gatherings to be held May 14, 2021, from 12-1pm.  Faculty interested in being moderators can reach out to Cassidy before April 1st. The areas (specific to Skyline) include MBA, retail, hospitality, tourism, environmental technology, ICT and digital media, Global trade, Life sciences/biotech, and ECE/EDU.

Curriculum: Curriculum Chair Jessica Hurless shared that the Curriculum Committee voted to approve the following measures in anticipation of alignment with CSU’s Ethnic Studies requirement:

  • Aligning Skyline College’s Associate Degree’s general education with CSU’s general education by adding Area F: Ethnic Studies (thus, changing the local Associate Degree’s general education total from 19 units to 22 units).
  • Removing Skyline College’s Ethnic and Cultural Diversity graduation requirement.
  • Removing the Skyline College 5A/5B Ethnic and Cultural Diversity designation from the courses currently listed with it in the 2020-2021 Catalog.

Nominations for Meyer Award for Excellence in Teaching:  Call will go out next Tuesday.  This year, it is open to the class of faculty starting in 2016 until now.

Elections: Faculty are encouraged to consider running for a Skyline College Academic Senate officer position.  Past local senate officers and committee chairs are encouraged to run for the District Academic Senate President-Elect position.

Article by Leigh Anne Shaw

Skyline College Leads SMCCCD Celebration of Open Education Week 2021!

On March 1-5 Skyline’s ZTC Team partnered with CSM and Cañada to kick off the year with the annual Open Education Week 2021. Open Education Week is designed to raise awareness of free and openly shared educational resources that reduce the cost of materials to students and increase student engagement and retention. Professors and students shared how these programs have transformed the college experience.

The ZTC Team is excited to introduce FWS ZTC Student Assistant, Gloria Carbajal who got to learn first-hand from the OEWeek experiences that students and professors have had in the program. She talked to other students across the country and connected with them on their project ideas regarding ZTC and OER while sharing what we are working on at Skyline College, including the news that Skyline students have saved $4,631,357.73 by choosing to sign up for ZTC and OER class sections since Spring 2018!

The ZTC Team is extremely excited for the work that our professors have already done and the amazing ideas that they have to further expand textbook affordability solutions. We encourage students to sign up for ZTC & OER classes in the upcoming summer/fall 2021 registration. If you have any questions, please reach out to Ame Maloney, Faculty Services Librarian at Together we can make a change!

Article by Gloria Carbajal and Ame Maloney


¡Skyline College lidera la celebración de SMCCCD de la Semana de la Educación Abierta 2021!

Del 1 al 5 de marzo, el equipo ZTC / OER de Skyline se asoció con CSM y Cañada para dar inicio al año con la Semana de la Educación Abierta anual 2021. La Semana de la Educación Abierta está diseñada para crear conciencia sobre los recursos educativos gratuitos y abiertos que reducen el costo de los materiales para estudiantes y aumentar la participación y retención de los estudiantes. Profesores y estudiantes compartieron cómo estos programas han transformado la experiencia universitaria.

El equipo de ZTC se complace en presentar a la asistente de estudiantes de FWS ZTC, Gloria Carbajal, quien aprendió de primera mano de las experiencias de OEWeek que los estudiantes y profesores han tenido en el programa. Habló con otros estudiantes de todo el país y se conectó con ellos sobre sus ideas de proyectos sobre ZTC y OER. A la vez, el equipo compartió los logros del programa incluso que los estudiantes de Skyline han ahorrado $ 4,631,357.73 al optar por inscribirse en las secciones de clases de ZTC y OER desde la primavera de 2018.

El equipo de ZTC está extremadamente emocionado por el trabajo que nuestros profesores ya han realizado y las increíbles ideas que tienen para expandir aún más las soluciones de asequibilidad de libros de texto. Alentamos a los estudiantes a inscribirse en las clases de ZTC y REA en el próximo verano / otoño de 2021. Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con Ame Maloney, Bibliotecaria de Servicios Docentes en ¡Juntos podemos hacer un cambio!

Artículo escrito por Gloria Carbajal y Ame Maloney