Serramonte Ford Donates Vehicle for Automotive Classes

During a formal presentation on April 10, 2019, Serramonte Ford donated a 2012 Ford Focus to Skyline College as part of a strategic partnership to support learning in automotive classes at the school.

The vehicle was donated as part of the Ford Automotive Career Exploration (ACE) partnership between Skyline College and Serramonte Ford. ACE strives to raise awareness and increase interest in career opportunities within the automotive industry, such as the service technician path.

“Serramonte Ford is honored to partner with Skyline College and we proudly donate this Ford Focus to the automotive program,” said Sohail Tabar, General Manager of Serramonte Ford. “These students are working so hard and we only hope to contribute to their journeys by supplying them the tools necessary for them to thrive in their automotive careers.  We are eager to welcome them in the near future.”

Skyline College offers both day and night classes for students who want to learn how to work on cars from bumper to bumper. The students will use the Ford vehicle for demonstrations, student training exercises and to practice their skills learned during class.

“Skyline College is very grateful to Serramonte Ford for donating this 2012 Ford Focus and sponsoring us in the Ford Automotive Career Exploration program,” said Thomas Broxholm, Automotive Technology Program Coordinator. “We currently have about 132 students on a career certification and Associate in Science Degree pathway.  In addition, we have 80 students attending evening and weekend classes to upgrade their automotive skills and working towards an AS degree in automotive technology. Adding this Ford Focus to our automotive program will provide valuable work experience for our students using Ford technology.”

Serramonte Ford has been on the Skyline College Advisory Board for 15 years and has worked with Mr. Broxholm for the past year to finalize this partnership and vehicle donation. Serramonte Ford currently has six alumni and one current student from Skyline College working at the dealership.

Article by Thomas Broxholm

Maroon Melodies Reception at the Art Gallery

Over 200 gallery visitors, which included students, staff, faculty and members of the local community enjoyed viewing visiting artist Christopher Burch’s solo art exhibition, Maroon Melodies: Soliloquies of a Slick Sound, at the reception for the artist on Thursday, February 28, 2019. The reception provided visitors the opportunity to meet and talk with the artist and find out more about his artistic practice (including how he painted two temporary full-wall murals in the gallery). The exhibition features the onsite wall murals, plus many artworks in other mediums that explore and re-invent mythology, folklore and history. Through storytelling, drawing, painting, sculpture and installation, Burch’s works find their greatest strength in his eloquent, thoughtful manner of interpreting and investigating some of humanity’s most disquieting realities.

Visitors to the gallery love this show, and everyone wants to know how the artist painted the two murals directly onto the walls of the gallery.

If you haven’t yet seen it, be sure to not to miss this powerful art exhibition!

Maroon Melodies: Soliloquies of a Slick Sound will be on view in the Art Gallery through March 15. This exhibition has been made possible by a generous donation from the Associated Students of Skyline College. The Skyline College Art gallery is open Mondays through Fridays, and is located on the ground floor of Building 1.  |  |   #skylinecollegeartgallery

Article by Paul Bridenbaugh | Photos by Zaw Min Khant

Student Leadership and Equity Summit on November 30, 2018

The Student Leadership and Equity Summit is on November 30, 2018, from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Skyline College Theater. The event is designed for students to gain skills in leadership, inter-personal communication, advocacy and activism. Upon completing the program, students will receive a student leadership certificate, get a chance to dine with SMCCCD leadership, and gain the opportunity to attend the NCORE 2019 Conference in Portland.

Contact Michael Stokes, TRiO Director at or call 650-738-4161 for additional information.

Article by Michael Stokes

Celebrate International Education Week!

The Global Learning Programs and Services (GLPS) Division invites you to celebrate International Education Week 2018, November 13-15, 2018!

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of the efforts to promote programs that prepare students for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about cultures through food, music, dance and more. All events are free and open to Skyline College students, faculty, staff and community members.

For more information on these events, contact the International Student Program at (650) 738-7179 or (650) 738-7021.

Article by Chikako Walker

Equity Summit at Skyline College on November 2, 2018

Designed for Educators to Engage in Equity and Social Justice

Skyline College announced today it will host its 2nd Equity Summit on November 2, 2018 at Skyline College from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The free, bi-annual event offers an opportunity for educators from throughout the region to engage in a teaching and learning experience centered on educational equity. Ibram X. Kendi, Ph.D., founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University in Washington, D.C. and award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning, will deliver the keynote address.

The purpose of the summit is to immerse the educational community into the conversation about equity, race and student success through the scholarship of experts and practitioners. “It is absolutely essential that we, as educators take time to intentionally engage in conversations around equality and social justice and deepen our own understanding of the reality many of today’s students live in. It is only through this understanding that we will be break down barriers so that students can succeed,” explained Skyline College president, Regina Stanback Stroud, Ed.D.

Thirteen presenters representing diverse perspectives and approaches regarding equity in education will deliver seven “Equity Talks” along with 2 plenary sessions throughout the day. Full biographies for all speakers can be found on the Equity Summit webpage. Topics covered in the equity talks and plenary sessions in the program include the following.

Equity Talks #1:
• Culturally Relevant Pedagogy – Dorinda Carter-Andrews
• Educating Men of Color – Cesar Cruz
• Whiteness and Education – Ali Michael

Plenary Session #1:
• Applying Equity Theories – Laurie Scolari, Erica Viray-Santos and Matthew Whitaker

Equity Talks #2:
• Transformative School Leadership – Darrick Smith
• Equity in STEM Education – Roni Ellington
• Subtractive Schooling – Angela Valenzuela
• Shaping Institutional Equity – Michael Benitez

Equity Plenary #2:
• Art, Community Activism and Education – A.D. Carson, Terisa Siagatonu and Aisha Fukushima\

Keynote presentation by Ibram X. Kendi, Ph.D.

Registration is free and is now open! Those interested in attending can get more information and register at the Equity Summit webpage. The event will also be live streamed on Friday, November 2, 2018 Media interested in covering the event are welcome to attend; please rsvp to Cherie Colin at or (650) 738-4346.

Biography of Keynote Speaker, Ibram X. Kendi, Ph.D.

Ibram X. Kendi, an award-winning historian and New York Times best-selling author, is a Professor of History and International Relations and the Founding Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University in Washington D.C. Kendi earned his Doctoral degree in African American Studies from Temple University and his undergraduate degree in Journalism and African American Studies from Florida A&M University. His second book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, was published by Nation Books and won the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction. At 34 years old, Kendi was the youngest ever winner of the NBA for Nonfiction.
Kendi has been a visiting Professor at Brown University, a 2013 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow, and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis. He has also resided at The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress as the American Historical Association’s 2010-2011 J. Franklin Jameson Fellow in American History. Kendi is an Ideas Columnist at the Atlantic and has published fourteen essays in books and academic journals, including The Journal of African American History, Journal of Social History, Journal of Black Studies, Journal of African American Studies, and The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture. A frequent speaker and contributor of op-eds, Kendi has written for several periodicals including Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, The Root, Salon, The New York Times, New York Daily News, Time, Signature, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He is currently working on his next book, How to be an Antiracist, which will be published in 2019.

Article by Katrina Pantig | Image by MCPR


Accreditation Open Forum on 10/31

The Accreditation Open Forums are open to the entire campus community including all students, faculty and staff. The next forum of the series is next Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

Take the opportunity to get involved by learning about how colleges are evaluated, how you can give feedback on the self-study that is underway, how Skyline College is making improvements as a result of the self-study, the big project that Skyline College is committing to so as to strengthen student learning and achievement, and the timeline leading up to the site visit next fall! The Forum topics will include: updates on where we are in the accreditation process; discussion of the website, accreditation timeline, and themes; and information about subsequent forums.

Mark your calendar to attend and let us know you’re coming!

Article by Connor Fitzpatrick | Photo by Zaw Min Khant

SMCCCD Welcomes New Emergency Preparedness Manager

Please welcome Ben’Zara Minkin as the district’s new Emergency Preparedness Manager. Ben was an instructor and co-director of the College of San Mateo Fire Academy for the last 12 years. He was also a firefighter/paramedic with the San Bruno Fire Department, and most recently worked in emergency preparedness at Genentech.  Ben studied Fire Technology at College of San Mateo and obtained a bachelor’s degree in philosophy at UC Santa Barbara. He holds fire inspector, fire prevention, HAZMAT, safety officer and ICS certifications. He lives with his wife and three small children in Pacifica.  Ben’Zara will be stationed at the District Public Safety Office at CSM, but will be available on all campuses for meetings, training and consultations once his training and orientation period is complete.

Article by William Woods | Photo by Mia Coo

SparkPoint Snacks Continues to Address Food Insecurity on Campus

SparkPoint has distributed over 4,434 snacks to students in the first three weeks of operations! There are currently thirteen strategically placed SparkPoint Snack baskets around campus, each one hosted by a sponsor program working with SparkPoint to ensure that the baskets are fully stocked and supported at all times. We have also received a number of basket requests from faculty, staff and administrators throughout the campus who want to offer their support to this program and their students. With the help of these host programs, we will continue to disburse more throughout the academic year.

SparkPoint Snacks is a synergistic component of Skyline College’s paradigm of comprehensive support for the whole student. While it addresses food insecurity, it also serves as a point of contact for other SparkPoint services, all of which are specifically designed to assist students to overcome financial barriers – each snack has a SparkPoint business card attached to it in order to connect food-insecure students with CalFresh application assistance, financial coaching, the SparkPoint Food Pantry and more. Since the launch of SparkPoint Snacks, student engagement and requests for these SparkPoint services has steadily increased.

If you have any questions regarding SparkPoint Snacks or other SparkPoint services, please contact Chad Thompson, Director for SparkPoint and Career Services, at

Article by Chad Thompson

Prominent Bay Area Artists to Show at Skyline College

The Skyline College Art gallery is proud to present Tropeycalia Club, a group installation of paintings, sculpture and more by prominent Bay Area artists John Yoyogi Fortes, Juan Carlos Quintana and Carlo Ricafort.  The exhibition runs from September 22, 2018 to October 20, 2018. A reception will be held for the artists on Saturday, September 22 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Skyline College Art Gallery.

The title of the exhibition is a play on the 1960’s Afro-Cuban-Brazilian music movement, Tropicalia. Using a conscious misspelling tactic of ‘tropey’, the show explores myriad tropes associated with everything tropical. In his essay about the exhibition, artist and gallerist Arvin Flores explains, “Tales of exotic places, fantasy islands, and otherworldly paradises, utopian in essence, are discourses about the ideal, and thus political by nature. This notion has given inspiration to such classic gangsta rap hits as manifest destiny, or turn of the century eugenics, both having racist leanings with genocidal outcomes. In short, colonial mentality is but a reflection of the master’s image, and colonial states are bastardized versions of the ideal (of course this is not a news flash to everyone).”

The exhibiting artists both embrace and scathingly satirize kitsch tropical imagery that abounds in movies, TV shows, art, music, travel brochures and tourist trap souvenir shops. Imagery runs the gamut from coconut palm trees to stereotyped musicians, to tiki dolls, cannibals, pineapples and bleached bones scattered about on desert islands. Viewers are invited to participate in both deciphering the ways in which these tropical tropes perpetuate themselves in culture, and examining the (unexplored?) and conditioned mental spaces from which these tropes’ biases and prejudices arise.

Viewers are also invited to make their own tropeycalia drawings that can be added to a large collaborative mural project in the gallery. Participate by sending a jpeg image (300 dpi) of a black and white drawing of what comes to mind when you yearn to escape to or from the tropics. Image must be vertical and fit on an 8.5” X 11” sheet of paper. Color images will be converted to black and white. Selected submissions will be printed and installed as a collaborative piece on the gallery wall. To be included by the opening, work must be received by September 22nd. Please submit image no later than Oct 6, 2018.  (Disclaimer: By sending an image you give Tropeycalia Club and Skyline College Art Gallery permission to include your image in the exhibitions promotional material, social media, internet and print. All submitted images, both electronic and printed, will be destroyed after the close of the Tropeycalia Club exhibition.)

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Article by Paul Bridenbaugh, Arvin Flores, Juan Carlos Quintana

Forum on Institutional Responsibility for Student Success

On September 12, 2018, the Office of Student Equity and Support Programs hosted the Beyond the Margins Equity Forum (BTMEF), Stay Woke: A Discussion About Student Success at Skyline College. This event brought together a cross-section of 65 students, staff, faculty and administrators to have a collective conversation about issues salient to the campus community.

Using key findings from the Student Voice Survey, the forum focused on economic marginalization and its impact on a student’s educational experience, and how institutional policies, practices and procedures can be responsive to student needs.

The program opened with welcoming remarks from Dean Lasana Hotep followed by a presentation from faculty facilitator, Jesse Raskin who provided information to help frame the discussion about Student Success. He stated, “Ensuring success in higher education among historically marginalized students is our institutional responsibility.”

The program also featured a panel including Rika Fabian (Professor of Sociology), Ivan Silva (Promise Scholar Counselor) and Danielle Powell (Professor of Communication Studies). Rika Fabian presented Student Voice Survey Data on students experiencing housing insecurity, food insecurity and the inability to afford required textbooks, resulting in taking fewer classes, not register for a required course on their SEP and/or perform poorly in a class.  Ivan Silva provided the audience with a working definition of marginalization and how the condition of being marginalized by an educational institution affects students academically, socially and psychologically. Danielle Powell discussed her work with the Women’s Mentoring and Leadership Academy and the strategies she has used to ensure students receive the support they need in order to be successful.

Article by Katrina Pantig | Photo by Zaw Min Khant