President's Innovation Fund 2006/07 Grantees

"Gold, Gods & Glory:" The Global Dynamics of Power

This project will present students, staff members and the Skyline community with the opportunity to attend two seminars: "Immigration Reform" and "Being A Muslim in America" followed by student-led discussion. Four additional seminars will use the Phi Theta Kappa satellite seminar series moderated by Skyline faculty experts.

Making the Connection: "Plug Into College"

This event targets hundreds of high school students and their parents with informational sessions designed to educate, inform and empower potential students. The focus is on students who have been historically underrepresented in higher education. It is sponsored by the Minority Student Alliance, a coalition of Skyline student organizations including the Pre-Med Club, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Latin American Students Organization, Filipino Student Union and the Black Student Union.

HERMANOS- Building an educational bridge into higher education for Latino males

HERMANOS, which means "brothers" in Spanish, is a pilot program that addresses the academic, psychological and social needs of 30 Latino males at a San Mateo County high school through academic support, mentoring, and resources. It is sponsored by the Latinos Unidos Taskforce, an on-campus group with the mission increasing educational opportunities for Latino students.

Skyline MOT Alumni Film Festival, 2006/2007: "Diverse-Ability: Culture and Community"

The film festival will present two films, Sound and Fury and Big Enough, on Oct. 18, 2006, (coinciding with National Disability Awareness Month) and Feb. 8, 2007. Filmmakers will be on hand to provide insight and personal perspectives about their films. This film festival focuses on issues of self-identity, stereotypes about the world of the physically challenged, and the bonds of community forged by adversity. The selected films reflect the mission of the Museum of Tolerance (MOT) Alumni Group. The group fosters tolerance by demonstrating model qualities, celebrating diversity, and speaking out when hearing or seeing examples of intolerance. It endorses activities that celebrate diversity, and cultivates related educational endeavors.

Adewole Project and Institute for the Study of the Science of Oppression and Transformation

Adewole means "The crown (head) is welcome into the house" in the Yoruba culture of West Africa. The Adewole Project will sponsor a series of for-credit lecture/media presentations featuring independent filmmakers, directors and authors who are connected to communities of color and offer perspectives on the impact of oppression and the resilient spirit that continues to overcome.

ENCOMPASS - One person play and dialog "Horizon Line"

"Horizon Line" is a one-person theater event that explores bias-motivated behaviors. Participants will examine and discuss tolerance and diversity and the issues of cultural awareness. The event is presented by the Museum of Tolerance (MOT) Group - administrators, faculty and classified staff who work to foster tolerance by demonstrating model qualities, celebrating diversity and speaking out when hearing or seeing examples of intolerance.

"Skyline Stars:" A Transfer Student Hall of Fame 2007

Transfer Student Hall of Fame contains photos, brief bios and words of wisdom from successful transfer students and provides inspiration to current and prospective Skyline College students. The "Hall of Fame" highlights the success of Skyline College students, many who have overcome significant life challenges, are from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds and are the first in their families to go to college.

Freshman Year Experience - Part 1, A Program for Student Achievement and Success

Because so many of our students are first-generation college students and second language learners, it is important that Skyline provide them with a freshman year experience to help them learn the skills that they need to be successful. This program includes many aspects, such as career planning, study skills, time management and health and wellness. Research indicates students participating in such programs have higher persistence, retention and success rates, as well as higher grade point averages than those not participating in such a program.


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