SMC In Focus

SMC In Focus

A bi-monthly newsletter connecting the Santa Monica College community. Celebrating endless possibilities, innovation, and resilience.

Changing Lives in the Global Community

Volume VIII, Issue 6, December 12, 2022
SMC in Focus’s final issue of 2022 is proud to present a line-up of a few who cross borders (from Ecuador, Myanmar, and Mexico!) to attend Santa Monica College and enrich this college, making it a true ‘global village.’ We also celebrate the artists, educators, and leaders who are radically reimagining the possibilities of a world where social justice is an intrinsic part of the educational landscape. Here at SMC, we learn, we champion, and we grow...a joyful process that never ends.

Matika Wilbur

A Radical Reimagining

Acclaimed Native American artist Matika Wilbur’s Project 562 is creating a never-seen-before synergy across disciplines on campus—and changing the way SMC community members see Native America.

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Abril Olivares Nolasco

Creative Cognition

Abril Olivares Nolasco applies her imaginative empathy to writing and serving as president of Santa Monica College’s International Student Forum.

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Devin Wu

More than Meets the Eye

SMC int’l student Devin Wu gets a kick out of the surprised looks he gets when he opens his mouth & speaks in flawless Spanish. Locals assume he learned it in Spain. Actually, he’s Ecuadoran.

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Nick and his son, Nico

Empowerment Champion: Spotlight on Nick Mata

An interview with “compassionate and caring” Nick Mata, who currently leads 11 of SMC’s special programs covering what he’s most proud of, milestones & more, including a stint as a hotdogger!

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Jocylyn Winn

Bragging Rights

A Black Collegians staffer wrote a book to help others & set herself free. A sociology prof. writes about Iran’s women-led protests. A journalism prof. is the first Black woman to be elected VP of Society of Professional Journalists.

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Journey to Success

With a family background in business, Thu Shun (Isobel) Wati journeyed from Myanmar to develop her marketing skills at Santa Monica College.

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SMC In the News

LAEDC Recognizes SMC as its 2022 Education Honoree

SMC Gives Thanksgiving Groceries to Food-Insecure Students

Mark Morris Dance Group Master Class at SMC

"Leaving the Factory" Wins at Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum

SMC Earns 2nd Consecutive Silver Bike-Friendly University Award

Three Accounting Students Get Alliance of Black Women Accountants Scholarships

Food Security at SMC
Happy Holidays from SMC!