Completing your college education is the single most important thing you can do to improve your circumstances and those of your family and community. Skyline College is one of the finest institutions of higher education in California located right here in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is here that you will enjoy a richness of diversity in cultures, backgrounds, languages, experiences, histories and perspectives. This globalized campus hosts a number of excellent programs and services that are designed to serve you in your efforts to gain an education or skill, enter or advance in the workplace or transfer to a baccalaureate degree granting institution.
The great state of California has made a wonderful commitment to an Educational Master Plan that empowers its residents by providing access to higher education. While we all must remain committed to the investment in public education, you are the one who has to pursue your education with a messianic zeal. It is this education that will free you of many of life’s limitations and liberate society as a whole.
Famed author and intellectual, bell hooks (she does not capitalize her name) said on page 207 of her 1994 seminal book, Teaching to Transgress:
“The academy is not paradise. But learning is a place where paradise can be created…In the field of possibility we have the opportunity to labor for freedom, to demand of ourselves and our comrades, an openness of mind and heart that allows us to face reality even as we collectively imagine ways to move beyond boundaries, to transgress. This is education as the practice of freedom.”
I urge you to practice until you get it right. Get an education as if your life and the lives of future generations in your family depend on it – because they do.
Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud
President of Skyline College