Speaker Date Topic
Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza Feb 28, 2024
Black History Month
Black History Month

Dr. Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza serves as the 13th president of West Valley College (WVC). President Taylor-Mendoza is the first African American educator to lead the College. She is a longtime leader in the Bay Area with 12 years of service in the San Mateo County Community College District, having recently served as the President of the College of San Mateo, Vice President of Instruction at Skyline College in San Bruno, founding Dean of Academic Support and Learning Technologies at College of San Mateo (CSM), and as the Director of the Learning Center at CSM.

President Taylor-Mendoza has over twenty years of higher education experience in both instruction and student services, mainly in the California community college system. In her various roles as a classified professional, tenured faculty leader, director, dean, vice president, and now president, President Taylor-Mendoza has found inspiration in the brilliance, power, and endless potential of community college students. She leads for social justice and liberation, recognizing our shared responsibility to address the historical legacy of racism to create a more just system of access, reward, and long-term equitable outcomes to inspire individual achievement and generational impact. The “obligation gap,” a term she coined, speaks to institutional responsibility. She is co-author of Minding the Obligation Gap in Community Colleges: Theory and Practice in Achieving Educational Equity. President Taylor-Mendoza is also an Aspen Institute Presidential Fellow.

Dr. Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza Feb 28, 2024
Black History Month
Black History Month

Dr. Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza serves as the 13th president of West Valley College (WVC). President Taylor-Mendoza is the first African American educator to lead the College. She is a longtime leader in the Bay Area with 12 years of service in the San Mateo County Community College District, having recently served as the President of the College of San Mateo, Vice President of Instruction at Skyline College in San Bruno, founding Dean of Academic Support and Learning Technologies at College of San Mateo (CSM), and as the Director of the Learning Center at CSM.

President Taylor-Mendoza has over twenty years of higher education experience in both instruction and student services, mainly in the California community college system. In her various roles as a classified professional, tenured faculty leader, director, dean, vice president, and now president, President Taylor-Mendoza has found inspiration in the brilliance, power, and endless potential of community college students. She leads for social justice and liberation, recognizing our shared responsibility to address the historical legacy of racism to create a more just system of access, reward, and long-term equitable outcomes to inspire individual achievement and generational impact. The “obligation gap,” a term she coined, speaks to institutional responsibility. She is co-author of Minding the Obligation Gap in Community Colleges: Theory and Practice in Achieving Educational Equity. President Taylor-Mendoza is also an Aspen Institute Presidential Fellow.

Diana Ding Mar 06, 2024
Diversity of Asian Voices
Ewell Sterner Mar 13, 2024
Food Insecurity and Hunger at Home
Food Insecurity and Hunger at Home

William (Ewell) Sterner, Founder and CEO. Ewell founded Hunger at Home in 2008 in San Diego and reactivated the nonprofit in 2015 after moving to San Jose. As a 30-year hospitality executive, Ewell was moved to start Hunger at Home when his son Cassidy volunteered and saw the devastating effects of hunger and Ewell knew of the extensive food waste in the hospitality industry. Ewell’s background makes him ideally suited to partner with hotels, convention centers and entertainment venues to channel excess food to those in need. Prior to joining Hunger at Home, Ewell served as Team San Jose’s general manager of operations at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. Ewell also served as director of food and beverage at the Sundance Resort in Utah and area director for 26 Hilton Hotel properties in the San Diego area. While at the Hilton, Ewell was awarded the Gold Key Food and Beverage Person of the Year Award for launching the “Go Green” committee aimed at food sustainability. He was also awarded the Food and Beverage Person of the Year in Management from the City of San Diego for his work launching the first Hunger at Home Gala. Ewell strongly believes that as a community we will end hunger when we, “Make what has become acceptable, unacceptable. Make those who have become invisible, visible. If not now, when? If not us, then who?”

Jim Davis Mar 20, 2024
CREF Annual Meeting
TBD Mar 27, 2024
TBD Apr 03, 2024
Golf Tournament Kick-Off
Shirley Grace Apr 10, 2024
Rotary
Operation Care and Comfort Apr 17, 2024
Operation Care and Comfort
Alysa Sakkas Apr 24, 2024
Cherry Blossom Festival - EVENING MEETING
Ed Irvin May 01, 2024
Space Day: Solving Climate Challenges from Space
Alysa Sakkas May 08, 2024
Honey Bees
Linda Vista Park May 15, 2024
Chili Cook-Off
Young Poets May 22, 2024
Annual Poetry Contest
DARK May 29, 2024
Rotary International Convention
Jorge Mota Jun 05, 2024
June is Pride Month
Alysa Sakkas Jun 12, 2024
Annual Awards
DARK Jun 19, 2024
Juneteenth Federal Holiday
Jeff Moe Jun 24, 2024
Kick Out Party - MONDAY EVENING
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