Daily Archives: November 4, 2022

Combating Prejudices and Building Kinship

Skyline College Library hosted the virtual Human Library event on October 20, 2022. At Skyline College, the Human Library goes beyond combating stereotypes and prejudices and celebrates our shared experiences. By providing a space for heart-to-heart conversations that inspire people to thrive despite stigma and taboo, these interactions foster kinship among the participants. Instead of reading a hard copy or an electronic book, the reader would meet with the person behind the chosen title and would learn the human book’s journey through one-on-one conversations. Our featured books were A Foreigner Everywhere, California Dreamin, Lowriding Professor, A Different Kind of Birthday, and Driven to Speak Up.

Though all timeslots were filled, our Skyline College President Dr. Melissa Moreno was able to read two books: A Foreigner Everywhere and A Different Kind of Birthday. Dr. Moreno shared her enthusiastic experience on The Fog Blog, under “Human Library” for week 10. After reading the Lowriding Professor, Adjunct Librarian Mary Torres-Volken stated, “… we all are connected and that we all have something in common, whether it’s language or family background or teaching experience.” After dialoguing with Driven to Speak Up, another reader learned about “micro-aggression” and the importance of not “ignoring it.” 

Thank you to all the human books and readers who engaged in the Human Library. Look out for Skyline College Library’s next virtual event “International Poetry in Many Tongues.” This upcoming event on November 17, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. is open to everyone, so join and possibly grace us with an original or favorite poem in your mother tongue! 

For further information about our November 17th, 2022, event, please contact Pia Walawalkar, Librarian and Outreach and Equity Coordinator for Skyline College Library.

Article by Sherri Wyatt

Save the Date for International Voices in Poetry! 

All members of our community are invited to join a live virtual poetry reading on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 4:30pm. Back by popular demand, the library will present this third annual reading “International Voices: The Poetry of Many Tongues” in celebration of our own incredible multilingual community. 

The lineup includes poetry in American Sign Language (ASL), Farsi, Portuguese and other languages. You can bring an original or favorite poem to share aloud in your native tongue or just enjoy listening in. “International Voices” is held in conjunction with our larger campus celebration of International Education Week.

Please contact Equity and Outreach Librarian Pia Walawalkar <walawalkars@smccd.edu> for any questions.

TLC/STEM work with SESP to address and reduce Microaggressions

Last Friday, October 28, 2022, student leaders and staff from the Learning Center and STEM Center held their second collaborative professional development training of the semester. Program Services Coordinator Josh Lindo from Student Equity and Support Programs led the teams through defining types of microaggressions and the importance of addressing them on campus and in the workplace. Students and staff shared their experiences with microaggressions, when they have been the recipient and the aggressor, and how this influenced their experiences on Skyline College’s campus. Josh Lindo then worked with the entire group to give each student leader tools and strategies to address these aggressions here and in their own communities. The training was a great opportunity for student staff to work with their peers and other leaders on our campus while learning how to improve the student experience here at Skyline College.

Article by TLC Staff | Picture by Chelssee De Barra