Student gathering in favor of safer spaces dissipates

The gathering was meant for students to make their voices heard


Brian Silverman/The Skyline View

Several students gather in Skyline’s Quad in demonstration on Nov. 11, 2016.

Students from Skyline, College of San Mateo and Cañada gathered on campus on Nov. 11 at around 11 a.m. to discuss how to be more vocal in expressing their opinions.

The gathering sought to discuss how students could be more active in spurring positive changes for all three campuses, becoming more of a unified body, and how to get their voices heard by board of education to create safer places for campus communities.

Skyline student Iridian Martinez, who organized the gathering, wanted the event to unify and organize the student body at each of the campuses, while also allowing students to share ideas that would make their voices heard.

“To create unity among students and to climb out of fear,” said Iridian Martinez, an interdisciplinary social behavioral sciences major. “I want to provide a space for the student to create a community to make decisions.”

Shortly after arriving on campus, the group was told to disperse by campus security. According to the Department of Public Safety, this is due to the fact that there was a declared recess on Veterans Day and the proceeding weekend, leaving the campus closed to the public.

The group relocated to San Bruno park and continued to discussed the best way to get their voices heard as one unified district among the three campuses.

Cañada student Rebecca Chow wants to see marginalized communities have their rights protected and supported.

“We want to ensure that all campuses to have a safe and welcoming environment,” Chow said. “We don’t want any of our basic principles, equality and adequacy to be wavered by what’s happening with the election cycle.”

Many protests across the country have shared the same sentiment. Students from each school plan to go to the board of trustees with a list of concerns and demands, hoping that their voices will be heard, and not overlooked.

The group has also planned a walk out for Monday, November 21. “The walkout has received a lot of support from administration and faculty,” Martinez said. “We’re grateful for the support.”