Two cohorts of PACE students and their families, faculty and administration and PACE alumni gathered to celebrate their accomplishments and commemorate the people who have supported them in their educational journeys.
The hit of the evening was the potluck of foods from around the world, featuring dishes such as Peruvian lomo saltado, Korean dumplings, Brazilian brigadeiros, and Burmese tea leaf salad. The MC for the evening, PACE student Silvia Guzman Gutierrez, began the evening with a warm welcome. Faculty and students then gave speeches highlighting what they were grateful for. Tony Mok, from Hong Kong, spoke about the struggles he has experienced in his life journey and the gratitude he has towards his wife. Alison Ormeno, from Peru, shared how she is grateful for her husband, children, classmates, and the staff and faculty at Skyline College who have supported her in her dream of becoming a speech pathologist. The evening concluded with a keyboard and vocal performance by PACE student Ayumi Asayama and a slideshow to music curated by Teddy Liu.
This event was a celebration of the diversity that makes our learning community and campus special. The co-coordinators of PACE, Erinn Struss and Serena Chu-Mraz, would like to thank all those who have supported PACE and have made this event possible.
* The PACE (Proficiency in American Culture and English) Learning Community brings together English language learners and dedicated faculty and staff in a four-semester series of linked classes starting with ESOL 840 and culminating in ENGL 110.
Article by Serena Chu-Mraz and Erinn Struss | Photo by Chris Mraz