The Civic Engagement Initiative

The Skyline College Civic Engagement Initiative cultivates a sense of social responsibility through

service, advocacy, and the building of civic knowledge to empower self, society, and our global community.

Food for Thought provides a weeklong opportunity to better understand how individual, local, national, and global choices and actions interconnect; and how each of us can recognize and take responsibility for our own choices and actions and thus disrupt global inequities.

Tuesday, March 13th @ 3:30 p.m.

Wasted: The Story of Food Waste

Join the Critical Global Citizen Education community screening of Wasted: The Story of Food Waste. In this documentary produced by Anthony Bourdain, “Wasted!” takes you around the world showing the 1.3 billion tons of food that gets thrown out each year and the people fighting hardest to prevent it. Renowned chefs discuss the economic and environmental costs of global food waste and explore innovations and solutions that involve educating consumers and food suppliers.


Wednesday, March 14th @ 3:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion – Intercultural Center, Building 4

This CGCE Panel discussion will include a discussion of issues and inequities related to food production. The PIF funded event will include welcomes from current Skyline College President, Melissa Moreno and Vice President of Instruction, Vinicio Lopez. The panel will be moderated by Pia Walawalkar, Librarian. Panelists include:

Steven Mayers: Oral historian, author, Professor of English, and editor of Solito, Solita: CROSSING BORDERS WITH YOUTH REFUGEES FROM CENTRAL AMERICA

Nooshan Shekarabi: Poet, political contributor, and Professor of Political Science. Her books include the Seasons series – Twenty-Two Poems From My Heart: Volume One and Twenty-Eight Poems of the Naked Soul: Volume II.

Gabriel Thompson: journalist and author who  has investigated how fast food chains received billions of dollars in forgivable loans while failing to protect their workers, an asylum seeker on hunger strike inside a detention center; and what it’s like to feed a nation during a pandemic while being denied any sort of federal relief. Gabriel is editor of Chasing the Harvest:  Migrant Workers in California Agriculture

Lucia Lachmayr: Skyline College Professor and Puente Coordinator

Oscar Ramos: Educator and narrator who wants to free his students from a life in the fields, the fate that once awaited him as a child.

Available in person and online – refreshments at in person event.

Monday, March 20th @ 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

EMPTY BOWLS – Fireside Dining Room, Building 6

Empty Bowls a worldwide movement by artists to lessen food insecurity, cultivates social responsibility through creative service and encourages participants to

JOIN US for:

  • Soup Dinner
    • Student Performances – Featuring entertainment from Skyline College Dance, Drama, and Music
    • Campus & Community Organizations dedicated to lessening food insecurity

Take home a handcrafted ceramic bowl! TICKETS @

Bowls $15

Open to All
All Ticket Sales used to Lessen Food Insecurity at Skyline College

Article by: Chris Burwell-Woo

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