Young, Gifted and Black Performance


On Friday, February 21st, The Spoken Word group, Young, Gifted and Black “Sheroes” gave an electrifying performance at Skyline College. This internationally recognized group of high school students, guided by artistic director Hodari Davis and Manager Lee Davis, spoke with knowledge, eloquence and passion about social and historical issues relevant to the African American Community and certainly our society as a whole. Thanks to Ira Lau and the Media Lab you can see their performance.

Article by Phyllis Taylor | Photo by Tony Jackson

Spoken Word Contest Closes African American Heritage Month


The ASTEP learning community organized a Spoken Word Contest, supported by the Skyline College Book Store, with prizes of $100, $75 and $50. 12 individuals, one duet and one entire class- the Environmental Science Class- presented performances in the Fireside Room of Bldg. 6 on Thursday February 27th. All of the works were deemed excellent by our panel of judges and after deliberation, first place was awarded to Samattra Vuthy, Second place to the duo of Courtney Fils and Vika Jimenez and third place was a tie between Lady Flor Partosa and Elvin Tapawan.

Article by Phyllis Taylor | Photos by Chanel Daniels

Black Professionals in the Sciences Speak at Skyline College


The ASTEP Math Academy organized a panel discussion of local scientist and mathematicians titled “African Americans in the Sciences”. The panel, moderated by Phillip Williams, Math Academy Professor consisted of Chad Montgomery, Entrepreneur and Mathematician, Ronald Page II, first African American tenure track Professor at City College San Francisco, Dr. Preston Gadson Jr., Medical Researcher, Thelma Woods, Chemist and Academic Coordinator for Upward Bound at Mills College and Dr. Kevin Davis Professor of Biology.

The panel at Skyline College was the third in a three discussion series. The first event on February 5th was held at Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) charter school in San Francisco, the second on February 20th at City College San Francisco with the final discussion on February 25th at Skyline College. Watch the entire discussion here

Article by Phillip Williams | Photos by Phyllis Taylor

ASTEP Family Night Monday, February 17th


Each semester, ASTEP hosts a potluck to combine ASTEP student families with good food and fun. This year was no exception, with over 50 students participating in our pot luck dinner. This semester students and ASTEP faculty were addressed by Vice Presidents Dr. Sarah Perkins and Dr. Joi Blake and several Deans. Then we were lead in a communication exercise by Kwame Thomas. Good food, good times- so much that we forgot to take pictures. This photo is taken by a student of the clean up crew!

Article by Phyllis Taylor