San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Summit 2016: Reach
The first Summit built the initial bridge to spark dialogue and regenerate action, leadership, and advocacy. In order to progress, we must collectively identify the divide and rise above issues challenging our community. Our goal for this year's Summit is to create a sustainable intergenerational pipeline of leadership for the Filipino American community by developing a unified and engaged Filipino America through a series of dialogues and workshops. Recognizing that our personal dilemmas interconnect with larger societal issues, we can leverage one another’s knowledge, skills, and resources to transform the world towards a more promising future. This movement continues by reaching inwards, within ourselves; reaching upwards, to our mental capabilities; reaching outwards, to our networks and communities; and reaching onwards, to future generations. It is our time to reach, reach for a better today.
Dr. EJR David
EJR David, Ph.D, of Tagalog and Kampampangan heritage, was born in the Philippines and grew up in Alaska, where he went on to be an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. On top of teaching, he has two books under his belt, "Brown Skin, White Minds" and "Internalized Oppression: The Psychology of Marginalized Groups," and is a recipient of many outstanding awards in the field of Psychology. We are happy to have him speak at Summit this year!
Emily P. Lawsin is a second-generation Filipina American, born and raised in “SHE-attle,” who believes in sharing history and HERstory through OURstories. An oral historian and spoken word performance poet since 1990, she has appeared on television, radio, and stage throughout the United States and Manila. She is the co-author of "Filipino Women in Detroit: 1945-1955." Her poetry, essays, and short stories on war brides, students, and Filipino American families have been published in numerous journals and anthologies. For more than 20 years, she taught Asian American Studies and Women’s Studies in California, Massachusetts, and at the University of Michigan. She was elected as National Vice President of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) this year. We are excited to hear what this SHE-ro has to say!
Sara Porkalob is a Seattle Native with a BFA in Theatre and Original works from Cornish College of the Arts. She is an actress and comedian that specializes in site-specific performance, arts activism, immersive arts education, and theatre theory. As an Asian-Pacific Islander and feminist, she is a devotee of intersectional studies and is committed to dynamic story-telling and cultural place-making in her community. We are happy and excited to have her speak at Summit this year!
Multi Cultural Panelists
Dr. Third Andersen
Dr. Third Andresen has been involved in community organization in the Filipino American community for 20 years. He developed and taught classes in the American Ethnic Studies and Comparative History of Ideas departments at the University of Washington, and has led various study broad programs. He's also organized Northwest Filipino American Student Alliance Conferences and chaired the Filipino American National Historical Society National Conference in Seattle. Third is committed to promoting civic engagement within Filipino American youth.
Born in the Philippines and raised in Washington, Chera has been involved in many community organizations such as Isangmahal (an arts collective of API spoken word and multi-media artists) and Philippine US Solidarity Organization (PUSO). She also helped found the Filipina progressive organization Gabriela Seattle. Chera later served as a board member of the Filipino Community of Seattle from 2009 - 2013. After many years of involvement with community organizations, and working for non-profits in youth development and education, she and her husband decided to host a monthly pop-up restaurant, Food & Sh*t, which showcases modern Filipino cuisine in Sept 2013. This side project branched out to a business when they opened up Hood Famous Bakeshop in November 2014, where Chera brings community together around food and utilizes our taste buds to express culture. Most recently, Chera and her husband received the 2015 Visionary Leadership Award from Northwest Asian Weekly for their pop up, and the 2016 International Examiners Readers Choice Award - Best Desserts for Hood Famous Bakeshop.
Lovely Frances Domingo is a Manila-born, Hawaii-raised, Seattle transplant who has worked within the realm of information science, community building through technology literacy, and leadership development in youth for the past 12 years. In 2009, she worked as the Recreational Technology Program Lead for the South Park Community, where she developed a program combining sports with industry-relevant technology workshops to encourage academic excellence and college readiness among disadvantaged youth. Currently, she works at the UW Information School and is a core member of STEM Paths, a small start-up which provides STEM+Arts and leadership programming.
John Eklof is a poet, educator, and community organizer from Lakewood, Washington, and is currently a graduate student at the University of Washington studying Multicultural Education. John is dedicated to uplifting his community both economically and politically, traveling all over the US to speak on subjects such as social justice, building personal success, and unifying the millennial generation into changing our world. He has even guest lectured on many college campuses from UW all the way to South Seattle College and has contributed his writing to the International Examiner. Earlier this year, John released his first full length spoken word album, "The End of the Beginning": part spoken word poetry, part hip-hop album, part oratory, part sci-fi, fully political. The album is a journey from start to finish that runs like a 21-minute short film.
King County Councilmember Larry Gossett has been a dedicated servant of the people for over 45 years. A member of Seattle's Gang of Four, Gossett is an advocate for programs reducing racial and class disparities in our local justice system, and has spearheaded efforts to eliminate self-hatred in disenfranchised populations. Gossett is a dynamic speaker, prolific writer, administrator and political activist who's dedicated to the cause of equal rights and economic freedom for all.
8:00AM - 9:00AM: Check In/Registration
9:00AM - 9:05AM: Opening Ceremony
9:05AM - 10:05AM: Keynote Speakers & Performance
10:15AM - 11:00AM: Workshop Session 1 - Topic: Reach Across Cultures & Communities
11:10AM 0 11:55AM: Workshop Session 2 - Topic: Reach Across Regions
12:00PM - 1:00PM: Lunch
1:10PM - 2:40PM: Kuwentuhan (Panel)
2:45PM - 3:15PM: Speed Networking
3:30PM - 4:15PM: Workshop Session 3 - Topic: Reach to be Intergenerational
4:20PM - 5:00PM: Closing Ceremony
Melody Kidd, Co-Director of Summit - email@example.com
Rose Ann E. Gutierrez, Co-Director of Summit - firstname.lastname@example.org
When & Where
Pilipino American Unity for Progress (UniPro)