And when that foghorn blows I will be coming home…Van Morrison
Institutional Effective Partnership Initiative (IEPI) Team Visit
We spent an incredible day with our IEPI Partner Resource Team and Dr. Donna Buchanan. We shared all the work we have been doing in our Task Groups and it was truly a shining moment for us. Recall that the IEPI funded the People’s College Initiative to the tune of $200,000 and we are working hard to spend down the funds as we engage in the work of Antiracism and Equity, Participatory Governance, Civic Mindedness, and Climate Review. We shared how we are working to institutionalize People’s College into our Educational Master Plan. A heartfelt thanks to all who showed up and shared out their great work. It was a good day for Skyline College!
UndocuWeek At Skyline College
The Mission of the Skyline College Dream Center: The Skyline College Dream Center is committed to increasing engagement and awareness surrounding issues that impact the undocumented community by building leadership skills, promoting social justice, and advocating for access and equity within higher education. Our goal is to empower the undocumented community by providing a safe space, fostering a support network, and removing barriers. Additionally, we strive to create equitable access to resources in order to support an informed and involved community that is capable of self-advocacy.
Despite the troubling decision made by the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals concerning the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and as part of our commitment to social and racial justice, our Dream Centers and colleges are committed to serving and supporting undocumented, DACA, and mixed-status students, family and community from intersectional backgrounds. .
Much gratitude goes out to our Dream Center Staff across all three colleges for putting out a joint statement of support for our students with many resources available.
REMINDER: Integrated Planning Leadership Summit Tuesday 10/18
It has been a very busy week as we prepare to host the Integrated Planning Leadership Summit. We had a speakers “check-in” today, and I was so inspired by our schedule of speakers! It is going to be a great opportunity for our students, staff, faculty and management leadership. As part of the Leadership Summit agenda, we will be attending the UndocuWeek student panel conversation. Please read a little more about what our intent is behind the Summit below.
We are excited to have invited over 100 leaders across campus – including Faculty, Classified Professionals, Students and Managers/Administrators. This is the first time we are bringing all leaders across campus together! The intent of the Summit is three fold: (1) to encourage leadership to reflect on our goals, and consider how best to achieve what’s possible in our respective areas; (2) to empower us to move in a common direction; (3) to work together to prepare to integrate and prioritize plans into the new five-year Education Master Plan and balance our capacity to achieve them. The Summit is not intended to add anything new to our plates, but rather to help us be coordinated, cohesive, knowledgeable, and efficient, as we move through the next five years with common foundational goals. The entire campus will be invited to a virtual Town Hall for an update and interactive input at 1:00 p.m. on November 3, 2022. An invitation to the Town Hall and a Zoom webinar link has been sent out to all employees from the Marketing and Communications Team.
Student Feature: Karamoko Tankersley
I came across this photo in our Annual Report, and every time I see it I shed a tear of pure joy. Karamoko was the first to graduate in his family, and unfortunately, his work was completed during the pandemic and could only attend the virtual commencement. He wanted nothing more than to graduate in person. He asked a number of people at Skyline who said it was not possible. There was no way to accommodate all of our 2020 and 2021 graduates during the in-person 2022 ceremony. Well, when he finally reached me, I not only said, “Yes!” but “Hell yes!”. I said I would look forward to meeting him and his family. He waited a whole year for this moment. And as he walked across the stage to receive his diploma he gave me this beautiful hug. I am so grateful we captured this moment! We are uplifting our community one student at a time.
Random Run-Ins with Foggy Phenomena!
Free Form Fridays with the President is intended to provide us with a virtual space to connect. Anyone is welcome to join throughout the session which keeps the conversation interesting! Next one: November 4.
Upcoming dates: 11/04, 12/02, 02/03, 03/03, 04/07, 05/05. Zoom In!