Secretary ’18-’19, Anthony Mendez

Junior in Chemical Engineering


Do you identify as Filipino or Filipino-American? What does that identity mean to you?

I don’t identify as a Filipino, or a Filipino-American. Coming from a multiracial background, identity was always tough for me. Growing up, there were always relatives saying I wasn’t Filipino enough, relatives saying I wasn’t Mexican enough. People I would meet would always ask “What are you?”. Sometimes I felt that even though I learned Spanish to a fluent comprehension, I immersed myself more with Filipino culture through dance.

At the same time, I hated myself for not being able to speak Tagalog and immerse myself in the culture as I did with Spanish. In time, though, I learned something; to me, there really is no standard for being “enough” of one part of your ethnicity. That’s the beautiful thing about being multiracial; there are so many different parts of yourself you can embrace, so much culture and history flowing through your veins. My grandparents on both sides of my family came to this country in order give their children a life that could embrace not only their native culture, but also the culture of country they now called home. America is my home, while Mexico and the Philippines flow through my veins. Because of that, I’m always proud to say I’m Filipino-Mexican-American.

That’s the beautiful thing about being multiracial; there are so many different parts of yourself you can embrace, so much culture and history flowing through your veins.

Share a favorite experience or memory you have from your time in PSA.

Truly, my first FACT was one of my favorite PSA memories. It was during that weekend I saw how big this community was, how far it reached; being able to immerse with so many different people really taught me how my very own PSA touches the lives of others. That really showed me how special the organization I had joined was, and is what pushed me to be involved, hoping one day to have that same impact.

It was during that weekend I saw how big this community was, how far it reached; being able to immerse with so many different people really taught me how my very own PSA touches the lives of others.

Anthony and his Adings.