Kababayan Program at Skyline College

What is the Kababayan Program?

The Kababayan Program, open to all students, is a transfer and community

support program at Skyline College that helps students increase their proficiency

in English and prepare for success in college, work, and life. It encourages

students to transfer to a four-year university or other post-secondary institution to

continue their studies. Kababayan focuses on the Filipino and Filipino American

student experience, and includes cultural experiences and community service.

Kababayan’s goals are also to create a feeling of campus affiliation for students

and motivate students to learn about their culture.  For information about the Kababayan Program at Skyline College; please contact Liza Erpelo, erpelol@smccd.edu

The Courses

The Kababayan Program consists of four core English courses which students

need in order to earn their Associate Degrees or transfer to a four-year

university. Kababayan students work collaboratively with instructors, counselors,

tutors, mentors, interns, and community advocates to increase academic

achievement and awareness in social justice and equity. Courses are student-

centered and use students’ experiences as the basis of understanding related to

instruction. The in-class counselor and a tutoring coordinator for supplemental

instruction increase students’ mastery of academic and subject matters.

Kababayan Advisors: Nate Nevado, Marisa Mariano, Melanie Espinueva, Liza Erpelo

Outside of the classroom…

The Kababayan Program students perform community service and outreach,

as well as lead a very active student organization, the Filipino Student Union.

Kababayan also has partnerships with community organizations, such as Pilipino

Youth Coalition: San Mateo County, Liwanag Kultural Center, and the Filipino

American National Historical Society, giving students the opportunity to develop

their leadership skills.


What does Kababayan mean?

Kababayan is a Tagalog word for “countryman,” but the students have revised

that definition and consider kababayan as their word for “community.” Visit http://www.smccd.edu/accounts/skykab


Pilipino Cultural Night

English 104 AK, or “PCN Class,” is intended to guide students as they develop

the reading and writing skills needed to propose and prepare a production

to celebrate Pilipino Culture Night at Skyline College. The class is designed

for students who want to learn critical thinking, reading, and writing skills in

producing a Pilipino Cultural Night. This year marks our 6th annual production,

State of the Art. Visit http://www.smccd.edu/accounts/skypcn/


Filipino Student Union

The FSU was formed in Fall 2004 for students interested in learning more about

Filipino culture and heritage and sharing this information with the community.


The FSU aims to promote the 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. Visit http://www.smccd.edu/accounts/skyfsu/


Kapatiran Mentorship Program

First-semester Kababayan Program students are paired with a peer mentor: a

current Skyline College student who is also in the Kababayan Program and has

taken or is currently enrolled in a Kababayan course. The Kapatiran Mentorship

Program is an effective way of engaging not only the mentees, but also the

mentors in an interactive exchange of support and motivation to succeed in

college, to engage in critical thinking, and to develop strong leadership skills.

Kababayan Dance Troupe

The Kababayan Dance Troupe of Skyline College has been organized to provide

the Skyline College community an opportunity to experience the Filipino cultural

heritage through the arts of Philippine folk dancing and music, to provide Skyline

students, faculty and staff a vehicle for cultural and artistic expression and to

serve to fulfill Skyline College’s goal to become a leading cultural center in the

community by promoting awareness and understanding of the Filipino culture

through participation at school and at various community events throughout the



The Kababayan Dance Troupe (KDT) of Skyline College 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.

Members of the Filipino Folk Dance Class, offered at Skyline College under the

Kababayan Program in early 2008, continued their dedication to the art of dance

and formed what is now known as the Kababayan Dance Troupe of Skyline

College. Visit http://www.smccd.edu/accounts/skykdt/