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Kababayan Learning Community

The Kababayan Learning Community is a transfer and support group with the goal of increasing proficiency in English skills for success in college, work, and life. It is open to all students and focuses on education in relation to the Filipino and Filipino American cultural experience. The activities are designed to encouraged students to transfer to a four-year university or other post-secondary institution to continue their studies.

By using culturally appropriate and relevant texts, the Kababayan instructors, tutors, and mentors hope to generate lively and timely discussions about the students themselves and the community around them, making the students' coursework "come alive" for them and ultimately provide a solid foundation for their academic success.

Kababayan Programs

The Filipino Student Union (FSU) was established for students interested in learning more about Filipino culture and heritage and sharing this information with the community. FSU aims to promote understanding of the Filipino and Filipino-American culture at Skyline College and in the local community, build community partnerships, encourage participation in higher education, help students develop leadership and facilitation skills, create a strong and prominent voice for students on campus and allow a space for students to realize their own potential.

The Kapatiran Mentorship Program (Tagalog for “brotherhood/sisterhood”) pairs a first-semester Kababayan Community member with a peer mentor who is a current Skyline College/Kababayan student and has taken or is currently enrolled in a Kababayan course. Mentees are welcomed into a family of mentors and other fellow mentees and receive crucial support and guidance. These ‘pamilyas’ replicate the cooperative nature of the Filipino culture, emphasizing collective responsibility and guidance through an extended family network. Peer-based mentorship engages not only the mentees, but also the mentors in an interactive exchange of support and motivation to succeed in college, think critically and develop strong leadership skills.

Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants

  • 2013 – 2014: Lady Flor "Parts" Partosa
  • 2012 – 2013: Joyce Benedicto
  • 2011 – 2012: Basil Sali
  • 2010 – 2011: Rioliza Molina
  • 2009 – 2010: Alawi Canlas
  • 2008 – 2009: Christelle Tio-Rubio
  • 2007 – 2008: Warlito Caturay
  • 2006 – 2007: Rob Reyes

The Kababayan Dance Troupe (KDT) provides an opportunity to experience Filipino heritage through the arts of Philippine folk dancing and music and provides students, faculty and staff a vehicle for cultural and artistic expression. KDT aims to introduce the fundamentals of traditional Filipino dance techniques, styles and performance with an emphasis on the cultural origins and variations of these dances.