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FAEAC 2019 Conference

Equity Through Ethnic Studies:

50 Years of Fighting for Educational Justice


The Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies Initiative at UC Davis will proudly host the


2019 Statewide Conference for the
Filipino American Educators Association of California (FAEAC) 

 "Equity Through Ethnic Studies:
50 Years of Fighting for Educational Justice."


WHEN: September 28 – 30, 2019


The Fall of 2018 marks the beginning of the Third World Liberation Front’s strike for Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. Their vision for educational justice linked equity with Ethnic Studies. In other words, while better access and increased admission into California’s higher education system was a key demand, it was not divorced from a demand for a fundamental transformation in higher education curriculum and pedagogy. Notably, Filipinos were at the forefront of this struggle with PACE, the Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavor, serving as a member organization of the TWLF. The anniversary of the strike at SFSU and the subsequent establishment of Ethnic Studies there and throughout the state is an important moment for Filipino American educators from PreK-12 teachers to college instructors to university professors to youth program leaders to celebrate and reflect upon. The passage of AB 123 and AB 199, bills that mandated the inclusion of Filipinos’ contributions to the farmworker movement and the fight against Axis powers in WWII in California’s history and social studies curriculum as well as the passage of AB 2016, which mandates the creation of Ethnic Studies model curriculum and more recently, the introduction of AB 2772, which would make Ethnic Studies a high school graduation requirement pose opportunities to us as Filipino American Educators. At the same time, we are faced with the challenge of cuts to public education and the fact that many districts are importing (and sometimes exploiting) our kababayan teachers from the Philippines to address educational needs. 


Topics to be Addressed: 

  • The leadership of Filipino Americans in Ethnic Studies and Filipino American Studies curriculum in local districts and statewide; 

  • The role of Filipino language and culture instruction towards equity in instruction;

  • Professional development of and advancement strategies for Filipino American teachers, professionals and administrators;

  • Issues and concerns of migrant teachers from the Philippines;

  • Counseling/advising, mental health, and wellness for Filipino American students; 

  • Addressing challenges to budget cuts in public education...and more!


Schedule at a Glance:

**POSTPONED** Friday, September 27, 2019,

6-9PM: Benefit performance by veteran award-winning journalist, radio-TV talk host/commentator, and humorist, Emil Guillermo

Location: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center


Saturday, September 28, 2019,

8AM-6:00PM: Speakers/presentations/workshops

6:30-10:00PM: Dinner (including performances and dancing)


Kultura Kapwa

This dynamic ensemble presents the pre-colonial music, dance, and attire traditions of Mindanao, Southern Philippines and Kalinga, Northern Philippines. All trained in the traditional manner by indigenous Philippine culture bearers, the Kultura Kapwa musicians and dancers take pride in introducing young people to the joyful and unifying power of tribal Philippine polyrhythmic percussion music, song and dance.

Emil Guillermo

Teaser from his show "Journalist and former NPR host Emil Guillermo - winner of an American Book Award - takes his stage in an often funny and poignant one-man show about race, colonization, Filipinos, NPR, Harvard, and justice in America.


Location: UC Davis Conference Center, 550 Alumni Ln, Davis, CA 95616


Sunday, September 29, 2019

8AM-1:00 PM: Speakers (with a specific focus on issues in education and advocacy)

Location: UC Davis Alumni Center, 530 Alumni Ln, Davis, CA 95616

Monday, September 30, 2019 

8AM-4PM: Legislative visits at the Sacramento Capitol to discuss educational justice issues including statewide Ethnic Studies curriculum, public funding for education, and Filipino American Studies curriculum. 

Registration (early bird discount rates available until Sept. 2!):

Conference Updates (including lodging info and more detailed program):

Conference Inquiries:

Wayne Jopanda,

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