On Friday, March 18, 2022, the International Student Program (ISP) hosted a field trip to the Mission District, one of the oldest neighborhoods in San Francisco. The purpose of the event was to give students an opportunity to socialize and introduce them to the diverse culture of San Francisco. More than 20 international and domestic students joined the tour.

The tour started with Pancho Villa Taqueria, a Mexican restaurant famous for its Mission style burritos and large portions. For some students, it was their first time trying Mexican food.  The next stop was the Misión San Francisco de Asís, commonly known as the Mission Dolores Basilica. ISP counselor, Carlos Romero, who was born and raised in the Mission District, explained to the students that it is the oldest building in San Francisco. After a short walk from the Basilica the group enjoyed a picnic at Mission Dolores Park, one of San Francisco’s most popular green spaces. Students were impressed with the stunning views of San Francisco while they enjoyed meals from Pancho Villa Taqueria.

The tour continued to Clarion Alley Street Art which is renowned for its meaningful murals—many with political themes, all painted by local artists. The group also saw the famous Woman’s Building, a women-led community center that acts as a safe place for all the women around the world and focuses on women’s issues.

It was a perfect day for a walking tour and the students were able to learn about the rich culture of the Mission District. ISP will continue to provide services and programs for international students as well as for the entire Skyline College community. If you are interested in learning more about future ISP programs and events, contact ISP office at skyinternational@smccd.edu


Article by Lasheana Dilian Husni & Chikako Walker | Photo by Chikako Walker

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