On Thursday, September 10 from 12:00p.m.-3:00p.m, the Skyline College community is invited to participate in a dynamic virtual Teach-In, “Social Justice Unionism in Practice: From Part-Time Pay Parity to Anti-Oppression Organizing,” presented by AFT 1493. Speakers include several faculty members as well as former Skyline College Trustee Alfredo Olguin, Jr., now working with Change SSF.

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The schedule and speakers follow:


Social Justice Unionism in Practice: From Part-Time Parity to Anti-Oppression Organizing

Thursday, September 10th

Schedule and speakers

Plenary  (noon-12:30)

Welcome: Kolo Wamba, Skyline College, Physics, former Part-time & new Full-time Professor

Keynote Speakers:

  • Sarah Harmon, Cañada College, Spanish, Part-time Professor
  • Gustavo Lopez, Organizer, Change South San Francisco, and Faculty Coordinator, SFSU Metro Academy

Concurrent Sessions (12:30-2:00pm):

Session 1:  Part-Time Compensation as a systemic social inequity / the “two-tier system”

Panel discussion:

  • Kolo Wamba, Skyline College, Physics, former Part-time & new Full-time Professor
  • Maryam Khan, Skyline College, Engineering, Part-time Professor
  • Alan Franklin, Lyft Driver / Organizer with We Drive Progress
  • Nigel Hawkins, Student, Cañada College, Library part-time worker
  • Hannah Hersey, Student, CSM, Library part-time worker

Session 2: Organizing in our workplaces and communities NOW!

Panel discussion:

  • James Coleman, member of Change SSF and candidate for SSF City Council
  • Alfredo Olguin, Jr., member of Change SSF, former SMCCD Student Trustee
  • Kanani Cortez, member of Change SSF
  • Sam Avila Gomez, member of Change SSF
  • Liliana Rivera, member of Change SSF
  • Fiona Marten, organizer, Burgerville fast food unionization campaign
  • Valarie Bachelor, organizer, California Federation of Teachers and California child care workers unionization campaign

Session 3: Racial & Gender Justice in the union, our campuses & our communities

Panel discussion:

  • Danielle Powell, Skyline College, Full-time Communication Studies Professor
  • Malathi Iyengar, College of San Mateo, Full-time Ethnic Studies Professor
  • Christopher Collins, Skyline College, Part-time History Professor
  • Masao Suzuki, Skyline College, Full-time Economics Professor
  • Dontario Beverly, Former president of Cañada College BSU

2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.: Adjunct Faculty: Lived experiences and sharing stories in a safe space just for adjunct faculty (Facilitators: Suji Venkataraman, Skyline College, Education/Child Development, Part-time Professor, and Annie Corbett, Cañada College and Skyline College, Psychology, Part-time Professor).


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We’ll see you on Thursday!

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