Monthly Archives: March 2022

The Human Library Returns: Calling all Human Book Volunteers! 

The Human Library has returned! Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 19, 2:00-4:00pm, for this popular virtual event hosted by Skyline College Library. The Human Library provides a chance to meet people from different backgrounds and learn about their experiences – particularly people who have felt the sting of prejudice, stigma, and marginalization.

At the Human Library, any member of our Skyline College community can enjoy a virtual conversation with a “human book,” usually a member of our community. It’s an opportunity to ask questions about their lives and the stories they have chosen to share, and receive honest answers in return. We call this being a “reader.”

Interested in sharing your story as a human book? Please fill out this initial participation interest form:

Interested in being a reader? By April you’ll be able to sign up for one or two courageous conversations, as book descriptions will be available then, too.

Everything you need to know is here,, including all of our previous books described in the Human Book Archive.

Faculty are encouraged to provide credit for student participation.

Questions? Please contact Pia Walawalkar, Equity & Outreach Librarian <>. We look forward to seeing you at the Human Library!


-The Library Staff

Participate in the Great Colleges to Work For Survey!

Please consider participating in the Great Colleges to Work For survey! You should have received an invitation from ModernThink, LLC beginning March 5th to participate (from: The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, April 1, 2022.

This survey provides a collective opportunity to reflect on our individual experiences at Skyline College; your candid feedback is much appreciated! The higher the response rate, the more meaningful the results we get back to help inform the direction we move in towards being the best place to work!

Note that your responses to the survey will be completely confidential. A log-in to the Great Colleges website is required to do the survey but Skyline College will not have access to the raw data needed to tie results back to individuals. If any questions come up about the survey, please contact Zahra Mojtahedi in the PRIE Office:

Thank you in advance for your input!


Spring 2022 College Hour

Last semester, we launched College Hour, a weekly community-building event that brought together students, faculty, and staff while highlighting various campus events and services. Fall 2021 featured College Hours hosted by the Dream Center, CTTL, Middle College, CIPHER, ZTC, and many more! We are now filling our Spring 2022 roster, so please sign up today using the link below!


College Hour takes place each Wednesday from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the campus quad or building 6, depending on weather, and we are looking for one or two “hosts” to join the event each week (Marketing and Student Life will always be present to provide games, music and snacks). Hosts could be an academic program, division, learning community, and/or other campus organization/program. College Hours have featured performances, games, or just tabling. Host how you like!


Sign up to Host Future College Hours

The link below will take you to a sign-up sheet for future events. We invite you to sign up and join us in hosting a future College Hour (first come first served basis)!


Sign Up Via This Google Doc

The Skyline View Wins Big at the ACP/JACC Conference in Long Beach

Skyline View staffers display their on-the-spot contest awards at the ACP/JACC Spring National College Media Conference held in Long Beach, CA March 3-5, 2022. The staff also earned numerous mail-in competition awards from JACC, as well as a best in show award from ACP.

The Skyline View may be smaller this year, but it is still mighty, as evidenced by the clean-up they did at this year’s in-person Journalism Association of Community Colleges combined conference with the Associated Collegiate Press in Long Beach, CA from March 3-5. Joining forces for the first time face-to-face, the two organizations brought community college students from all over California together with two- and four-year schools from around the country for three days of keynote speakers, workshops, competitions and more.

The good news started on Friday, when JACC announced its state publication awards. Former editor-in-chief John Harrison won a second place for The Skyline View podcast. Former opinions editor Marco Milani clinched a first place for photo illustration while former staff writer Phil Ho earned a fourth place for profile feature story. Current editor-in-chief Steven Rissotto—who also served as the NorCal student representative on JACC’s board until his one-year term ended Saturday—picked up an honorable mention in profile feature story.

Current opinions editor Zachary Navarra did what he does best and earned a second place in opinion story. The good fortune continued to new managers, sports editor Izzy Herrera (who also serves as Honor Society’s club president) and digital editor Adriana Hernandez, with the former earning an honorable mention for informational graphic and the latter getting an honorable mention for feature story.

Last spring’s staffers can all claim a victory for the general excellence they earned for their yearly magazine, Viewpoint, with the current staff all having a stake in the general excellence award they earned for their website.

But the news kept getting better throughout the weekend, when TSV was offered third place for best of show newspapers in the two-year colleges by the Associated Collegiate Press.

And because the JACC portion of the conference offered a variety of journalistic competitions, the eight attending TSVers had a chance to scoop up even more awards. First, copy editor Christian Ceguerra took fourth pace in news writing and a second place in Canva graphic. Then, opinions editor Zachary Navarra topped his previous award with a first place in opinion writing. Arts and entertainment editor Daniela Ossa earned an honorable mention in the social media contest, while Christian Ceguerra came back to collect a third place in feature writing. Ama Bayer, current photography editor, received an honorable mention in the video contest. Christian Ceguerra headed back to the podium to pick up his fourth award of the night, honorable mention in copy editing, only to be beaten out by classmate Steven Rissotto who earned first place. Rissotto rounded out the evening with another first-place award, this time for sports writing.

Article by Nancy Kaplan-Biegel

New Contact Process for Admissions & Records

Admissions & Records is excited to share an improved process for contacting our office. Rather than a general email inbox, students and employees will be directed to fill out a Smartsheet Contact Form that will ensure that all basic information is provided at the onset, reducing the number of follow-up emails that are required. The Contact Form will also help Admissions & Records move more quickly to sort the type of questions students and employees have. The process will help shorten the time for students, faculty, and staff to get the information and assistance they need.

The new Contact Form can be found on the Admissions & Records homepage. You can also share the following Contact Form link with any student who has an Admissions & Records question.

If you have any trouble with the form or have feedback that could help us further improve the new process for students, please share with Eric Torres,, and Lauren Wagner,

Black History Mobile Museum Comes to Skyline College

On Monday, March 14, the Black History Mobile Museum curated by Dr. Khalid el-Hakim will be making a stop at Skyline College as part of its nationwide traveling tour of over 100 colleges and universities. The CIPHER* Hip Hop Learning Community is hosting this event as part of their 15th Annual Rock The School Bells Hip Hop event series.

The exhibit of over 10,000 artifacts of Black memorabilia dating from the trans-Atlantic slave trade era to Hip Hop culture will be on display for viewing from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Farallon Room, Building 12 (Environmental Science).

Dr. el-Hakim will also be doing a presentation about the development and contents of the exhibit from 11:00 – 12:00 p.m.

To participate in this event, please register online at or scan the QR code on the flyer. In-person registration on the day of the event will also be available.


Black History Mobile Museum Exhibit and Presentation by Dr. Khalid el-Hakim

DATE: Monday, March 14, 2022

EXHIBIT TIME: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

PRESENTATION TIME: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

VENUE: The Farallon Room, Building 12


This event is organized in collaboration with Student Equity & Support Programs, the Center for Student Life and Leadership, TRiO, ASTEP/Umoja, Skyline College Outreach, and the Equity Institute.

*CIPHER stands for Center for Innovative Practices through Hip Hop Education & Research

Article by Nate Nevado

MESA is Revitalized at Skyline College


On Wednesday, March 9, 2022, the reinvigorated MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement) Center hosted an Open House event. Students participated in various social activities, explored academic and career opportunities with our newly appointed MESA Co-Directors Emilie Hein and Jing Folsom, and had the opportunity to connect with peers and other professionals in their field of interest.

The success of this Open House event was due, in large part, to the extensive outreach and networking done during Skyline College’s College Hour. Both events provided great opportunities for students to connect with our staff and learn about the MESA program, and the resources that it provides. .

MESA is a space supporting students who are currently taking courses in STEM-related fields. Located in Building 7, Room 7-309, it is surrounded by labs, staff/faculty offices, study spaces, and other resources; all instrumental in supporting student success and retention. Tutors are available for workshops and drop-in tutoring in coordination with professors for office hours and open labs.

By providing opportunities for students looking to get work experience, having a dedicated study center for support and building relationships, to academic and transfer counseling, MESA’s revitalization is another step and resource in that direction.

For more information about the MESA Program, please reach out to Co-Directors Jing Folsom ( and Emilie Hein (, or visit the website at:

Article by Kaileiani Louie | Photos by Emilie Hein & Jing Folsom

Remembering Resistance: Faculty Share Wartime Stories, Marking 80th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066

View of the Tanforan Assembly Center, photo censored by the US Army. Photographer: Lange, Dorothea; San Bruno, California. WRA no. C-643

On February 25, the Skyline College Social Justice Studies/Sociology Department, Library, and Japanese American faculty members collaborated to present “Remembering Resistance: Narratives of Wartime Memories and Japanese Incarceration” to a full (zoom) house of students, staff and faculty.

It was the first time anyone could recall the college tackling the topic of the WWII incarceration of Japanese and Japanese American citizens communally through an intergenerational event. Sociology Professor Rika Yonemura-Fabian moderated, drawing parallels to more recent tragic episodes of anti-Muslim and anti-Asian hate in our country. Many participants remained online well after the event had concluded to share stories and raise important questions.

Economics professor Masao Suzuki provided background on pre-war Japanese immigration and the roots of racism already grounded in American society before President Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066 prompted the incarceration of more than 120,000 Japanese/Japanese Americans for the War’s duration. Professor Suzuki, who had done his PhD dissertation on this history and its aftermath, also shared family stories of resistance during the War, and spoke of the more recent Japanese American movements for redress and reparations during the 1980s.

Librarian Jessica Silver-Sharp shared historical photographs by professional photographer Dorothea Lange and others, with a focus on the Tanforan horse race track where more than 8,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans were incarcerated temporarily before their transfer to inland concentration camps. Images also portrayed Japanese American wartime resistance by the so-called “no-no boys” and draft resisters, conscientious objectors, and those who organized themselves into committees to protest conditions of their imprisonment.

Photography professor Arthur Takayama, born several years after the war, shared some of the few family memories that had been passed down by his Los Angeles relatives and the later impact incarceration had on them. He and other speakers noted that the Issei (first generation) and sometimes Nissei (second generations) of Japanese Americans experienced feelings of shame about the incarceration they were keener to forget than pass down as family history.

Mathematics professor Tadashi Tsuchida and his father Roy Tsuchida, who was incarcerated at the Poston, Arizona “War Relocation Center” at age 7 with his father and siblings, also spoke and showed family photographs. Prof. Tsuchida recalled that his grandmother, who was in poor health in 1941, was left behind in California and treated poorly at various hospitals. His father described watching his own father destroy their family photos and documents on the day Pearl Harbor was bombed. They spoke of the very poor conditions at Poston and how the inmates started schools there for the children, while prison staff ate the contents of the care packages they received (and flaunted it).

Participants posed questions for specific speakers and following the event, students completed assignments to reflect on what they had learned. Many reported having had little or no prior exposure to the topic. Many students whose family were immigrants from other countries made connections to their own family history – their own community’s struggles against prejudice and discrimination, and family separations due to governmental violence.

Jessica Silver-Sharp shared a Skyline College Library research guide for students and others as a starting place for better understanding this difficult time in our nation’s history:

One salient question that was posed – “How do we make sure this does not happen again?” – brought home the need to continue teaching this history in order to avoid repeating it. Participants agreed that making “Remembering Resistance” a recurring event on the Skyline College scene would be beneficial to all.

Thanks to the many members of our community who organized and participated in this dynamic event. Anyone interested in collaborating to explore local aspects of the incarceration – such as the mostly forgotten Sharp Park Justice Department detention facility (now golf course) – please reach out to Prof. Rika Yonemura-Fabian <>, Jessica Silver-Sharp <> or any of the other speakers.

Article by Jessica Silver-Sharp

Comprehensive Program Review Presentations

Join us via Zoom for Comprehensive Program Review Presentations on April 11 and April 25! Learn more about the following programs’ achievements, challenges, and plans moving forward, as well as opportunities to collaborate to achieve shared goals.


Comprehensive Program Review Presentations Schedule:

April 11, 2022  |  2:10 p.m.– 4:00 p.m.

  • Surgical Tech
  • Physics/Astronomy
  • Cooperative Education
  • Student Life and Leadership
  • Environmental Science

April 25, 2022  |  2:10 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Political Science
  • Transfer Center
  • Real Estate
  • History


Join a Campus Book Club: In the Country: Stories, by Mia Alvar

Students, classified staff and faculty are all invited to join a virtual book club reading In the Country: Stories, by Mia Alvar. We’ll meet three times in Spring to enjoy this highly acclaimed book of short stories, whose themes are centered on the FilipinX diaspora. While this is a non-academic book club, faculty are welcome to offer extra credit to students who join.

The first meeting will take place the week of March 21; more details will follow shortly. Please visit this Skyline College Library page to sign up, read reviews and learn more: Several copies of the book are already available for you to borrow. Drop by the Library to check out a copy (no library cards required) or place a hold for later pickup. Book club members without time for reading may also choose to listen to the stories on audio.

Questions? Please contact Jessica Silver-Sharp, Librarian <>.

Article by Jessica Silver-Sharp