FACT 2016 – Facilitators

Meet the Facilitators

Robert King
The Ingredients of Leadership- From Identity to Audacity
Robert King serves as the Senior Assistant Director of Family and Graduate Housing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he has lived in Champaign since 2011. Robert is currently pursuing his doctorate in Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield. He is active in the Association of College and University Housing Officers International-former chair of the Multicultural Committee and current member of the policy group and the Global Initiatives Network.
Robert is also currently campaigning for the local Champaign County Board, currently serving as a board member for the Urbana Independent Media Center, President of the Parent Teacher Student Association at Urbana High School, soccer coach for the Brookens Peewee and Striker teams, a mentor in the Champaign Urbana One-to-One Mentor Program, a husband, and father of three.
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Noel Kunz
Unorthodox Profession: From The Perspective of a Yoyo Player
Noel Kunz is a professional yoyo player and musician. Originally from Vallejo, California, Noel found his roots in performing while going to school in Indiana. While attending a nationally ranked music program throughout high school, he first picked up a yoyo in the summer of 2004 in order to take a break from constantly playing drums. It wasn't until attending Ball State University that Noel truly found his passion in yoyos. Having already competed in many competitions, it was a trip to FACT that would change his life forever.
During the FACT V-Show in 2008, he did something that many people would never have expected: he made the crowd get on their feet while performing a yoyo freestyle to Ne-Yo's Closer. From there, the video went viral after being noticed by Pepsi's online news source, and his career as a professional yoyo player began. Being a veteran of variety shows all throughout the country, it was through his yoyoing that he has been able to meet and perform with YouTube musicians such as Alfa, Melissa Polinar, AJ Rafael, David Choi, Jason Chen, and Manny Garcia, the latter of which he recorded drums for on his latest EP. Noel is a 3-time FACT V-Show Veteran, the first 2-time Kollaboration Champion (Tulsa 2010, Los Angeles 2011), and is the reigning Florida State Yoyo Champion. If for any reason you think something is impossible, just remember there is a guy out there who actually gets paid to play with yoyos. You just can't make this stuff up!
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Jeffrey Alton
Am I Filipino Enough?
Jeffrey oversees the Asian American Mentor Program, creates, implements, and assesses programming and workshops that focus on the Asian American experience, and advises student organizations. He comes to UIC from his alma mater, the University of Connecticut, where he worked at the Asian American Cultural Center focusing on alumni development and grant writing. Prior to working at UConn, he was the Assistant Director of the Office of Multicultural Services and Programs at the University of Georgia. Jeffrey is a second-generation multiracial Filipino American, who grew up in Connecticut.
John Ballesteros
Seek the Thrill - It's All About the Journey
Since graduating from the University of Minnesota in 2013, John Ballesteros has been on an eye-opening personal journey. Along the way he experienced different cultures in cities around the world,
transformed his career by transitioning into a completely different role, and moved across the country to Bushwick, Brooklyn. He also focused more on his passion for hosting, including facilitating ideation sessions for clients at his current job with the Accelerated Solutions Environment. Throughout his adventures, 1 key theme started to emerge - seek the thrill. John hopes to spread this message by sharing his own journey and learning from others.
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Christina Carpio
For the Next Generation of Leaders: Emotional Grit
Christina is one of the Assistant Directors at the Asian American Cultural Center at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. She earned a M.S.Ed. in adult and higher education and a BS in public health from Northern Illinois University.
While pursuing her master’s degree, Christina served as a graduate assistant at the NIU Asian American Center for two years. She interned at the University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Student Involvement, and worked as an Americorp volunteer coordinator for Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE). She also has served on the national board of Alpha Phi Gamma, an Asian American-interest sorority, including a term as president. Her passion lies working with students in helping them through their college journey. She values leadership development, mentorship, social justice and cultural education. She is a second generation Filipina American, born in Chicago and raised in Skokie, Illinois.
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Midwest Association of Filipino Americans
Conference Within a Conference (CWAC)
Established at FACT in 2008, the Midwest Association of Filipino Americans works towards promoting Filipino/-American and Asian/-American issues, providing professional networking opportunities for its members as well as to cultivate and forward the Midwest Filipino-American identity in order to unify 24 schools and counting in the greater Midwest Region.
Natasha Mamaril
Knowing Your Interests and Abilities: A Path to a STEM Career
Natasha has a PhD in educational psychology from the University of Kentucky and a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of the Philippines. She worked for nine years in industry as an application development engineer at 3M. She is a recipient of the International Fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) which provided support for her research on women’s self-beliefs in engineering. Her dissertation on engineering self-efficacy was funded by the National  Science Foundation Research Initiation Grant in Engineering Education (RIGEE). Natasha’s research interests include motivation in the context of engineering. Currently, she is the coordinator of undergraduate research in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Gretchen Carvajal
For the BRWNGRLZ
Gretchen Bello Carvajal is a First Generation Filipina Immigrant raised in the wondrous place that is the Bay Area. She is a poet, printmaker, emcee, performer, and scholar at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where she is currently studying Art and Asian American Studies under the First Wave Hip-Hop and Urban Arts Learning community. She specializes in Screen printing, Neon Signage, Spoken word and 3D digital fabrication. Her work revolves around unpacking the layers of Filipino Americanism and re-approrpiating imagery and stories of Philippine History to fit the intersections of Filipino Americans today. Her visual work has been featured in galleries throughout Madison WI, as well as the Bay Area California while her performances are on Button Poetry as well as various online poetry hubs. You can find her work on instagram under @BRWNGRLPRINTS or #BRWNGRLPRINTS
Royce Tolledo
Art+Design I Passion+Purpose
Royce Tolledo officially started his art career at the tender age of 4 when he sabotaged his Uncles architecture final by adding some extra color with his crayons and from then on it was history. Throughout his childhood he continued to draw and paint on anything that would allow him to. He continued to be a Fine Arts major at Lane Technical High School where he won multiple awards for pieces throughout his four years including; silver and bronze at the All-City Art Competition where it was displayed in Art Institute of Chicago. He initially went to UIC to try and pursue a career in the medical career but shortly realized his real passion was in the arts. He then transferred to Triton College where he studied and graduated with a degree in Visual Communications and Design. After graduating he scored an internship with a multi-cultural
advertising agency in the West loop of Chicago where he became a Jr. Art Director and worked with multiple projects in branding, digital marketing and print. He currently works as a Project Design Manager in Evanston, IL and continues to produce print and digital advertisements for the company clients. Featured art work: Hoopeduponline.com Beyond the Barrelman Tone Art & Music Festival -2014 Futures Raw Artist- CHICAGO - 2016 Fun Fact: Another passion of his is dance, he performs and trains in and out the Chicagoland area. He travels to Los Angeles to train and gain further knowledge in the craft. Recently he was a member of Immabeast Inc. in Los Angeles. and can be seen on Chicago’s very own Chance the Rappers “Angels” music video. Instagram: rtolledo2 facebook: Royce Tolledo Behance portfolio: Royce Tolledo
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Maya Arcilla
Kami Here, Kami Queer
Maya Arcilla is the Secretary General of Anakbayan Chicago, a progressive Filipino youth and student organization fighting for National Democracy in the Philippines. She also serves on the Women’s Desk of the Fellowship for Filipino Migrants, and the Women’s and LGBTQIA Desk of Anakbayan Chicago. In her spare time, she conducts workshops to uplift the stories, struggles, and experiences of Filipino/x youth in Chicago through Kabataan Ay Pag-Asa (Youth of Hope). She also loves to dance, sing karaoke, and write poetry.
Acie Roxas
Kami Here, Kami Queer
Acie Roxas is one of the newest members of AnakBayan Chicago. Only joining a little over a month ago, they quit their full-time job at a for-profit company to dedicate their life to serving the people. Seeing the power of the people through the #ByeAnita campaign in Chicago and Donald Trump's Chicago rally cancelled this March was what brought Acie to this work. From volunteering as a civic engagement leader with Asian Americans Advancing Justice, to standing in solidarity by taking action to the streets, they spend most of their time fighting for justice. On their free time, they write, watch sports, and paint.
Renae Encinas
The Miseducation of the Filipino People
Renae Encinas is a member of Anakbayan Chicago and serves on its Women’s and LGBTQ+ desk. On campus, she is a founding member of a multi-racial student organization that uplifts the voices and experiences of folx from historically underrepresented, marginalized, and oppressed groups. She is a passionate advocate for Ethnic Studies and Critical Pedagogy and has helped develop and implement courses on Filipino literature and Asian-American activism.
Edmund Buni
The Miseducation of the Filipino People
Edmund Buni is the Education Officer of Anakbayan Chicago, a progressive and comprehensive National Democratic mass organization with 11 chapters in the U.S. He is an undergraduate at the University of Illinois at Chicago and participated in the Dump Trump Rally at UIC. He has gone to the annual International Solidarity Mission to the Philippines. He also speaks tagalog and bisaya.
Lorena Buni
Indigenous Peoples’ Struggle from Dakota to Mindanao for Land and Justice
Lorena Buni is the the National Solidarity Officer of Anakbayan-USA, a progressive and comprehensive national democratic mass organization with 11 chapters in the U.S. She is also the Chairperson of Anakbayan Chicago, where they have been active in supporting the Filipino community
in Chicagoland area, connecting our struggles here to the struggles back in the motherland and building solidarity with other people’s movements, like supporting Black Lives Matter, Free Palestine and the First Nations’ struggle for self determination. She had just returned from a 2 month integration in the Philippines where she integrated with urban poor communities, workers, farmers and indigenous communities in the Philippines. She has also gone to Standing Rock, North Dakota in solidarity with the Sioux Nation’s fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
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Love Jordan
Indigenous Peoples’ Struggle from Dakota to Mindanao for Land and Justice
Love Jordan serves on the Women’s and LGBTQIA Desk of Anakbayan Chicago. Her interest and track-record in social justice has taken her from student organizing at Loyola University Chicago, where she graduated with a degree in political science, to the southern Philippines to integrate and
learn from indigenous communities experiencing militarization and human rights violations. She recently returned from a solidarity trip to Standing Rock, North Dakota to hear from Native Water Protectors and the intentional community built to resist the Dakota Access Pipeline. She is a feminist, a poet, and a woman-loving woman. She is currently searching for a few quiet hours to write.
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Everett Icao
Indigenous Peoples’ Struggle from Dakota to Mindanao for Land and Justice
Everett Icao is a proud member of Anakbayan Chicago. A recent graduate of Loyola University Chicago and an active volunteer in the Filipino-American community. Everett strongly believes and advocates for real change in issues of social and economic injustice, community
oppression, and political engagement. He has served in several leadership capacities through organizations such as Kapwa Loyola, the Philippine-American Cultural Foundation, and others. Everett continually strives to build positive relationships through his work in community organizing by involving people from different groups, ages, and backgrounds to take the time to educate, engage, and empower so that change can be met with true action.
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Diana Balitaan
Kami Here, Kami Queer
Personal Biography (Around a Paragraph): Diana Balitaan (they/them) is a member of Anakbayan Chicago’s Women’s and LGBTQIA desk. Since graduating from college in 2014, they spend their days supporting high school youth and running a youth leadership program on community development. When they are not organizing, catch them starting a revolution on the dance floor.
Anthony Baccay
Our Migration Story
Anthony Baccay is the Vice-Chairperson of Anakbayan Chicago.
Monique Buni
Our Migration Story
Monique Buni is a member of Anakbayan Chicago and a youth volunteer of the Fellowship for Filipino Migrants.
Julian Ignacio
The Miseducation of the Filipino People
Julian Ignacio is an alumnus the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign
and graduated in 2013 with a Master’s in Accountancy. During college, he was involved in the Pilipino American community and served as Awareness, VP-External, and President of PSA UIUC and Co-President Internal of MAFA. Aside from his involvement in the Pilipino community, Julian also worked with the Midwest Asian American Students Union (MAASU) as the Community Liaison for the 2012 Spring Conference and the Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC) as Co-Director. Currently, he is a CPA and works as a ​Professional Services Manager with ​Workiva while volunteering ​for​ Anakbayan Chicago,​ Asian American Advancing Justice – Chicago​ and the University of Illinois Asian American Alumni Network.
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Jon Salvani
Making Relationships Count! - The Importance of Relationship Building and Networking
Jon Salvani is a higher education Advancement professional, currently working at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with over eleven years of experience in alumni relations and fundraising. In his current role, Jon is Director of Advancement, responsible for the University's advancement efforts in the Chicagoland area, along with leading the
Chicago Regional Advancement team. Prior to working in higher education, Jon spent over nine years working in the public sector, with most of those years working at Allstate Insurance Company. Jon is a graduate from Northern Illinois University, with a degree in Corporate Communication. He is also the National President of Pi Sigma Epsilon, a national professional sales and marketing fraternity, a trustee for the Pi Sigma Epsilon National Educational Foundation, and member of the President's Council with the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
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INsight Crew
INdividualism: Writing Your Own Story / INdulge, INteract, INsync
INsight was founded in 2008 when four friends came together to dance for fun, but since then, it has grown to be a close-knit group of 18 members. Performing for World of Dance, Prelude Midwest, Kollaboration, and more. During those years, each member explored and experienced the different aspects of the Chicago dance community. Having grown individually as dancers, they hope to use FACT 2016 to come together and collaborate in order to share their experiences as a collective.
Louis De Guzman
ART+DESIGN I PASSION+PURPOSE
Chicago-based artist, Louis De Guzman, creates artwork that merges his past with his present. Using mixed media (black pens, pencils, a tablet and adobe illustrator), De Guzman blends together images and stories that evoke his family’s immigrant struggle, and his own experience as a second generation Filipino American. He is inspired by the art of the Baroque and Renaissance periods, and also takes inspiration from silk scarves from high end
fashion brands like Chanel and Versace. He describes his work as “intricate conceptualization,” intertwining modern (sometimes iconic) symbols with those that embody the heart and resiliency of the Filipino people and his experiences as a child. De Guzman’s work has been showcased throughout the Chicagoland area. His pieces have been auctioned off for charity by nonprofits such as Rashied Davis’ Saturday Place, and the Brandon Marshall Foundation. His work has also been featured in the Art and Design section of Complex.com, as well as Los Angeles based magazine, Suspend Magazine. He has also had a hand in assisting in creating fashion apparel pieces for such companies and brands such as Just Don, RSVP Gallery, Jordan Brand and the NBA. De Guzman continues to engage and give back to the community of Chicago by participating in local art events like Tone Art Gallery and Music Festival.
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Xavier Hernandez
2 Families, 1 State of Mind: Filipino American Student Organizations from West Coast to No Coast
Xavier Hernandez is the Director of the Asian American & Asian Resource and Cultural Center at Purdue University, and a PhD Candidate in the Department of Education Policy, Organization, & Leadership at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Along with Drs. Yoon Pak and Dina Maramba, he is the co-author of Asian Americans in Higher Education: Charting New Realities, and has also published multiple book chapters, journal articles, and national academic conference presentations on Asian American and Asian international student issues in higher education. At Purdue, he serves as the advisor for multiple student organizations, including Purdue Filipino Association, Lambda Phi Epsilon, and Hui Na Opio O Hawaii Club. This is his 3rd consecutive year as a FACT workshop facilitator and he is always happy to interact with delegates in any setting!
Desi Bote
Spark–Woke–Lit: The Everyday Social Aktibista
Desi Bote currently works as Development Associate at Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago. Her work with Advancing Justice | Chicago has spanned over two years, previously serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Asian American Empowerment Project, contractor, and as a dedicated volunteer. Desi graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Rhetoric & Composition in Creative Writing. Her dedication to social justice and Asian American community issues stemmed from her involvement with the following organizations and departments: Office of Diversity and Social Justice Education, Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations, YMCA UIUC, UIUC Asian American Cultural Center, Asian Pacific American Coalition, and Philippine Student Association.
Kenny Importante
Am I Filipino Enough?
A self-proclaimed 1.5 generation Filipino American, Kenny Importante was born in the Philippines and grew up in Oxnard, California. He pursued history and global studies with an emphasis in Latin America
for his bachelor’s degree at University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB). During his undergrad career, he was involved in residential life and student activism when he realized he wanted to continue working with college students. Kenny was thrilled to pursue his graduate work at UConn’s HESA program and serve as grad assistant at their Asian American Cultural Center. As the Assistant Director of University of Illinois’ Asian American Cultural Center, he is responsible for advising student organizations, lead weekly programs, art exhibits, book club, and the overall development of the AACC Internship program. He looks forward to this year’s FACT as a presenter, encouraging students to connect their identity with student leadership and become more aware of social justice issues.
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Unseen Unheard
[FRESH] If You're Reading This It's Too Commodified: What Can We Learn from Hip Hop?
Unseen Unheard Conference is hosted by the Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC) at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign. While APAC serves as a platform for students to voice their opinions in advocating for social justice and cultural awareness, Unseen Unheard seeks to help conference attendees to utilize knowledge, to be inspired to take action, and to network with other leaders in the community. The conference centers on the evolution of Asian American students as they progress through student activism.
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Sharmeen Khan
The Changing Role of Asian American Women in Media
Sharmeen Khan is currently a Senior studying Political Science, MCB and minoring in Computer Science. Along with Tina Kim, she serves as the Co-Director of the Asian Pacific American Coalition.
Lakhi Siap
EntrePinoyship: How your passion leads to business and having Pun while doing so.
Lakhi lives in a world where travel hacking, epic eats, and giving back the community are his passion. ​ Lakhi Mangharam Siap was born and raised in Cebu City Philippines to an Indian mother and a Filipino-Chinese father. Being raised with both cultures in his home was never a boring moment in his upbringing. He graduated from Philippine High School for the Arts on a 4-year theater scholarship. He immigrated to Chicago in 2006 and immediately became involved with the
Asian American community and began volunteering for various non-for-profit organizations. He saw there was so much disconnect and miscommunication within the Asian American community that in 2010 he co-founded Ascene Chicago, a nonprofit creative media outlet and events company that promotes unity within the Asian American scene. Ascene has been able to work and collaborate with various corporations and government entities such as Pepsico, AT&T and the Central Intelligence Agency. He was recently selected by the Philippine Ambassador Jose Cuisia Jr. as a delegate for 2015 Filipino American Youth Leadership Program (FYLPRO) to represent Filipinos and Filipino American issues. He regularly travels back to the Philippines to help Filipino Americans and other entrepreneurs navigate and set up their businesses. "
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Tina Kim
The Changing Role of Asian American Women in Media
Tina Kim is a junior studying Communication with a minor in Asian American Studies. She is currently serving as Co-Director along with Sharmeen Khan for the Asian Pacific American Coalition, an umbrella organization for Asian and Asian American organizations on campus. She also works as an Office Specialist and Programming intern for the Asian American Cultural Center. This is her first time attending the FACT Conference and also the first time facilitating a workshop, so she is excited to serve the FACT community.
Christina Carpio
13 People : 1 House
Christina Carpio is one of the Assistant Directors at the Asian American Cultural Center at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Christina earned a M.S.Ed. in adult and higher education and a BS in public health from Northern Illinois University. While pursuing her master’s degree, Christina served as a graduate assistant at the NIU Asian American Center for two years. She interned at the University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Student Involvement, and worked as an Americorp volunteer coordinator for Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE). She also has served on the national board of Alpha Phi Gamma, an Asian American-interest sorority, including a term as president. Her passion lies working with students in helping them through their college journey. She values leadership development, mentorship, social justice and cultural education. She is a second generation Filipina American, born in Chicago and raised in Skokie, Illinois.
Christopher Diño
Uphold & Unleash ang Diwa ng Mangdirigma (Warrior Spirit)
Christopher Diño has been a practitioner of diverse forms of martial arts including the Filipino fighting arts under various teachers/guros for the last 20 years, is currently ranked Lakan Guro under The Filipino Kali Eskrima Academy of Chicago, and has instructed for the past 10 years. Chris is the lead organizer of the Illinois Katipunan group, and also a member of the Midwest Pikiti Tirsia Kali Stick Fighting Olympiads. Chris has conducted several seminar style workshops on the practice, history, and culture of Filipino Martial Arts for the Filipino American Student Organization (FASO) at University of Wisconsin Madison, FACT Conference at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Indiana University Bloomington, MAFA Conference at Northern Illinois University, and for the Asian American Cultural Affairs at Columbia College Chicago. Chris continues to promotes the art at local Chicago neighborhood organizations and progressive educational institutions, and was a presenter at the Chicago Field Museum for the Pamanang Pinoy: Art of Resistance event hosted by the Digital Co-Curation Team. Chris is excited to be back at FACT as it marks his 10 year anniversary of spreading FMA!
Louie Tan Vital
Unleash Your Political Prowess: API Civic Engagement
Louie Tan Vital is a Filpina American poet, aspiring politician, and community organizer. She is a Master’s of Public Administration candidate at the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, University of Washington. She has worked in the United States House of Representatives for the 115th Congress, the Washington State House of Representatives, and the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs. Louie has explored public policy through poetry, spoken word, acting, and public speaking, with the opportunity to perform and compete on many different stages.
For Street Food Around the World: An Encyclopedia of Food and Culture (ABC-CLIO, 2013) I ate balut in dark alleys, dirty ice cream. It was the best first assignment I could have asked for. I've written and edited many of the blog entries you see on Filipino Kitchen, contributed the Chicago chapter for 101 Places You Need to Get F*cked Up Before You Die (St. Martin's Press, 2014) and the Filipino food chapter for the forthcoming book, Food City, The History of Chicago's Food (University of Illinois Press, 2017). I have contributed to Hyphen Magazine, the country's longest-running Asian American magazine, and to Plate Magazine's Filipino Forward issue, March-April 2016. When I'm not writing about Filipino food and culture, I am the assistant editor for AmazingRibs.com, by far the world's most popular barbecue and grilling website. Filipino Kitchen uses Philippine cuisine to connect Filipinos everywhere with our cultural heritage and the possibilities of our shared future. Based in Chicago, we cook and share our delicious cuisine at pop­up meals and food events. On our website, Filipino Kitchen documents with photography, interviews, stories and recipes from the makers and appreciators of Filipino cuisine and its continuing evolution. We hope to lead a long-­coming renaissance of Filipinos by connecting across the diaspora with our shared love and pride of our food. The masterminds and masterhearts behind Filipino Kitchen are two Filipino Americans and an honorary Filipino: writer Sarahlynn Pablo, photographer Natalia Roxas-­Alvarez and project manager Caitlin Preminger. Filipino Kitchen is online at http://filipino.kitchen and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat."
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Edmund Buni
My Migration Story
Edmund Buni is the Education Officer of Anakbayan Chicago, a progressive and comprehensive National Democratic mass organization with 11 chapters in the U.S. He is an undergraduate at the University of Illinois at Chicago and participated in the Dump Trump Rally at UIC. He has gone to the annual International Solidarity Mission to the Philippines. He also speaks tagalog and bisaya. Monique Buni is a member of Anakbayan Chicago and a youth volunteer of the Fellowship for Filipino Migrants.
Erika Saligan & Randall Tran
What Does Being Pinoy Mean To You?
Erika Saligan: Erika Saligan is a sophomore studying Integrative Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She is originally from Ozamiz City, Philippines, however she moved to Urbana, IL almost twelve years ago. She is a sister of Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. and she is the Awareness Co-Chair of UIUC Philippine Student Association. She plans to pursue a career in the medical field as a physician or obtain her master’s and doctoral degree to become a biology professor. Randall Tran: Raised in Chicago, Uptown, Randall Tran is currently a sophomore at the University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign. He is studying Integrative Biology with a Minor of Psychology. At the University, Randall is currently on board with UIUC's Philippine Student Association as Awareness Co-Chair and a brother of Alpha Phi Omega. After undergrad, he plans on going to medical school or doing something medical related.
Jeremy Bautista
Expect for Yourself
Jeremy Bautista (‘96, BA-History) is an alumnus of UIUC and has an MA-Teaching from National-Louis University. He currently works as a System Analyst in the Technology Department of Community Unit School District 201 in Westmont, IL. He’s worked in multiple capacities at the District as a TA, Teacher, Computer Support, and Track and Field Coach. He plays guitar and electric bass and an avid comic book reader. He currently lives in Naperville, IL with his wife and two children.
Gretchen Carvajal
Ibig Sabihin | Say with love: spoken word for ourselves and our people
Gretchen Carvajal is an artist, poet, and activist based in the Bay Area CA. She is a recent alumna of UW Madison (shouts to FASO) and has been writing spoken word since she was 15. She's performed on stages from the Philippines to New York and has performed with the likes of Saul Williams, Bambu, Juan Miguel Severo, AJ Rafael and more. You can find her poetry as well as her visual art on her website: gretchencarvajal.com
January Boten
Reporting Bias Incidents on Your Campus
January Boten is an Assistant Dean in the Office for Student Conflict Resolution at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the Co-Chair of the Bias Assessment and Response Team for the campus. She attended the International Nonviolence Summer Institute at the University of Rhode Island in 2014 and leads a trip to learn about the Civil Rights Movement each spring break.
Shane Carlin
Network Like You Need a Job Today
Shane Carlin Founder and President/Chief Executive Officer ​Shane Carlin is the Founder and President/CEO of Asian Student Achievement, a company that helps Asian high school and college students advance in their future. His professional career has been in fundraising and Student Affairs where he was the Director of Development for Student Life and Scholarships at Northwestern University, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Advancement at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Carlin has also worked as the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), as well as in Residence Life and Housing at Miami, Northwestern, and Capital Universities. He is a Korean American adoptee where he grew-up in northern Kentucky. Carlin earned his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Communications from the University of Kentucky and his Master of Science in College Student Personnel from Miami University. Carlin not only has over 20 years of experience in higher education administration, but also has mentored students in international settings. In 2009, he escorted and advised student teams from the University of Illinois, Hong Kong University & Science Technology, Korea University and Seoul National University for the C40 Sustainability Case Study Competition in Seoul, South Korea. He also chaperoned the University of Illinois students who participated in the Technology and Management (T&M) summer program to Tianjin, Shanghai, and Beijing, China since 2010. Also, Carlin has engaged with alumni and fundraising activities overseas for the University of Illinois in cities such as Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, and Shanghai. Besides his expertise in higher education, Carlin is an experienced public speaker. He has been invited to speak at universities from coast to coast. In addition, he was a speaker for TEDx Lakeshore East in 2011. Internationally, Carlin presented the “Western Way of Networking” to students at Hong Kong University Science & Technology (HKUST) and managers at General Electric (GE) in Shanghai at the China Technology Center. Carlin holds and has held leadership roles in organizations including the Midwest Asian American Student Union (MAASU), Korean Cultural Center of Champaign, the National Association of Asian American Professional (NAAAP), the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Student Affairs Fundraising and External Relations Knowledge Community National Chair, the Kentucky 4-H Foundation Board, and the University of Kentucky National Alumni Association Board. He is also the founder and former President of the NAAAP-Columbus Venture (National Association of Asian American Professionals). Carlin has been a public address announcer for the Kentucky 4-H Horse Show, sporting events at Miami and Northwestern Universities.
Eric Ordoñez
Activating the Diaspora: Solving Philippine Problems Here and There
Eric hails from Chicago, Illinois yet has called the United States, Canada, and the Philippines his home at one point or another. His involvement with Filipino communities both local and abroad began right here as a wide-eyed University of Illinois freshman at his first FACT, and it has never taken a break since. The following years have seen him take multiple volunteer tours of the Philippines with Gawad Kalinga, intern at the University of the Philippines Diliman, found the Ontario-wide Filipino Canadian Students Association, and help coordinate this year's Kaya Co Fellowship. He is currently a co-founder of PinoyFunder, an equity crowdfunding platform to connect investors in the United States to the Philippines.
I am a junior at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities pursuing a Bachelor of Arts with an Applied Emphasis in music (cello as my primary and viola as my secondary), and plan to get a management minor. I am the Cultural Performance Chair of PSA Minnesota, which gives me one of the responsibilities of choreographing our traditional dances for Kaisahan. I push to educate myself and others about important topics related from queerness, race, mental health, and so many more. And I plan to not stop until the day I die.
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Emily Lawsin
"I Am From" Poetry for Social Change Ice-breaker
Emily Porcincula Lawsin is a second-generation Pinay – Filipina American – born and raised in “SHE-attle”, Washington. 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 25 years, she taught Asian American Studies in California, Massachusetts, and at the University of Michigan, where she is currently a Lecturer IV in Women’s Studies, American Culture, and Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies. She was elected National Vice President of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) in 2016. Learn more about “Auntie” Emily at www.emilylawsin.com
Joanna Ramos
Heating Up, Hitting Your Mark, and Following Through: Discovering Self-Awareness & Leadership through Beer Pong | Pin@y Timeline: "This is the History That We Share"
Joanna Ramos is a 2nd year pharmacy student at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. While pursuing her PharmD degree, she’s a class senator, a tutor, and a teaching assistant for 1st year professional students. Prior to moving to St. Louis, she completed three years at Purdue University (Boiler up!) where she held positions at Purdue Filipino Association as Event Coordinator, Public Relations Chair, Advisor, and President. Following her PFA Presidency, Joanna moved on to become the President of the Midwest Association of Filipino Americans (MAFA) during the 2015-2016 school year. You might have seen her hosting Battle of the Bamboo 2016 too! In addition to the her crazy past and current involvement, she also danced/dances with Dance2xs Purdue and Xquizit at SLU and is an adventurous foodie. Loyal to all Chicago sports teams (Cubs, not sox #sorrynotsorry), she loves the city and hole in the wall places that are IG worthy.
Cat Taylo
Identity in One Entity
Cat Taylo is recent graduate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During undergrad​,​ she was involved in the Filipino-American student community through UIUC's Philippine Student Association and with the Midwest Association of Filipino Americans. She is currently an aspiring Speech Language Pathologist, working as a practice associate at Chicago Speech Therapy where she conducts Applied Behavior Analysis therapy. In the future, she plans pursue a doctorate in order to advance the field's resources for children with language disabilities who come from various language backgrounds alike.
Rose-Ann Aragon
Hustle Hard: 10 habits of an effective leader
Rose-Ann is a proud alumnus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Go Illini!). She was a Bronze Tablet Scholar and graduated summa cum laude in Broadcast Journalism. As a proud Midwestern Filipina American reporter for NBC in Houston, she strives to serve the community by utilizing the power of accurate, balanced information--telling stories that offer solutions, uncover corruption and highlight the existence of hope and humanity. She firmly believes that journalism is a leap of faith in the future. As a reporter in H-Town, she was on the ground during Hurricane Harvey, helping bring important information to those affected by the floods and rain. She recently came to Texas by way of Cincinnati. There she worked for ABC, seeking the voices of those who felt unheard, keeping public officials accountable for their promises and covering breaking news from fires to homicides. Working for NBC in Peoria, Rose-Ann was on the ground, leading coverage of the deadly 2013 tornadoes in Washington, IL and was also the economic development/Caterpillar Inc. reporter. She also trained photographers as the Multimedia Director of IMPULSE Magazine and interned at ABC, NBC and CBS affiliates in Champaign & Chicago. Rose-Ann is a co-founder of the Pilipino American Unity for Progress, Inc. Chicago-Midwest chapter. Her goal was to challenge the Midwest to break free from its geographical boundaries and help build a national network of engaged Filipino Americans. She is currently a programming leader for UniPro Texas. Rose-Ann got involved with the Fil-Am community as a former MAFA E-Board member, and was honored to be a keynote speaker at the 2013 UniPro Summit in New York. What drives her to persevere is her endless appreciation for her 97-year-old grandfather as well as her mother and father, who have overcome numerous challenges in hopes to give her a better life. In her spare time, Rose-Ann is in constant search for the best US cappuccino (nothing beats Italy!). She speaks Italian, loves old school jazz, and has an unprecedented craving for sushi. She is always looking to try new things, meet new people and be a contributing part of her community. FACT will always have a special place in her heart. She co-coordinated FACT 2012. She is honored to be leading a workshop at FACT 2017!
his years in high school/college and post-grad in his young professional career . Since then, he has been heavily involved in organizations such as Filipinos in Alliance (FIA), the Midwest Association of Filipino Americans (MAFA), Kappa Pi Beta Fraternity, Inc, and UniPro Chicago Midwest. J.R. currently works as a Brand Ambassador for Lyft and other marketing companies/brands. He is also working on a freelancing career and immerses his hobbies in the creative arts (dance, music, mixed media, art, etc.). In his spare time, J.R. likes to master his ability of impressions / accents, watch videos, movies, and shows that give him the feels, eat anything that does not contain eggs, nuts, or seafood, and bring the hype wherever it is needed. He is a firm believer in the 5 F's: Food, Family, Fun, Friendship, and Fantabulous-ness. SOCIAL MEDIA Facebook: J.R. Ellasos Twitter: @jrellasos Instagram: Jrtistic SnapChat: Jrtistic Lyft Code: JRE26
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Ariana Cavallini
Lights, Camera, Whitewash: A Dialogue on Hollywood's (Mis)Representation
Ariana Cavallini is a junior at Indiana University Bloomington studying Psychology, Speech and Hearing Sciences, and Gender Studies. She is the Vice President of IU's Filipino American Association and works on social justice and diversity programming on IU's campus. She loves $5 boxes from Taco Bell and always wishes that Vine was still alive.
Jonathan Roberts
My Identity My Choice: The Mixed Race & Adoptee Experience
Approaching from diverse backgrounds, Jonathan Roberts, Erin Nakagaki, & Zoey Doto, have had their fair share in the epic journey of finding one's identity. Being a Filipino adoptee in an all white family, Jonny felt his Filipino identity slipping away. But as Philippine Student Association of Minnesota's Performance Chair he's found a closer connection with his people and his culture. As a senior in the School of Music pursuing a Bachelor of Arts with an Applied Emphasis, he must now must find the balance between cello, viola, and dance. As Erin grew up in a family, where one side was Japanese and the other side wasIrish, along side being a Korean adoptee, she lived through different cultures. If she isn't waking her fellow members as PSA MN's Advocacy Chair, she's spending her junior year studying to acquire her Biochemistry degree. Apart from that, she enjoys dancing and performing world renowned concertos on her viola. With her father being Norwegian/Italian and her mother being Filipino, Zoey learned that she does NOT have to choose one side over the other. Rather, the two sides may coexist in harmony. Being one of PSA MN's Co-AKA Chairs, if she isn't bringing together Pamilya, she's balancing her senior year finishing her Health & Wellness degree, improving her American Sign Language, or breaking a sweat while dancing. Now, Zoey, Erin, and Jonny have come together to host this workshop so that others may join hand in hand to learn and grow from the less spoken of experiences of being mixed race/ethnic and adopted.
Krizzia Yanga
Filipino Food 101
Krizzia Yanga is a Filipino restaurateur and independent business owner. In 2015, she opened Red Velvet Café in downtown Columbus, which showcased Filipino flavors inspired by her mom’s homemade cooking and baking. From the success of the café she then founded Bonifacio in 2016 as a love letter to Filipino food and culture. Through Filipino food, Krizzia hopes to create a platform where Filipino identity and culture can be taught and explored.
research, coordinating with invested parties on campus and a class offered through DRES called, "Transitions." She also serves on the LGBT Resource Center advisory committee at the University of Illinois, the I-UNITE committee, is an I-Promise mentor, and represents District #5 as an academic professional at the university on the Council of Academic Professionals. She is a licensed clinical psychologist, an independently licensed counselor, a Nationally Credentialed Counselor, and a credentialed school psychologist. Dr. Basch has worked in a number of different environments in North Carolina, Ohio, Arizona and Illinois such as rural school districts, community mental health, residential treatment and juvenile prison. Her research involved looking at culturally competent social emotional intervention programs like Anytown Arizona, and is also interested in disability diagnoses, cultural competence and the relationship of stereotype threat in assessment with college students, including athletes and international students. Dr. Basch has overall interests in delivering and developing culturally competent, culturally aware and inclusive social emotional environments, training, therapeutic interventions and assessment and has presented on topics such as neuroflexibility, culture and mental illness, disability and sexuality, disability and identity, cultural components of community health and inclusive culturally competent programming and measurement. She has also helped developed campus-wide programming called the, "Disability Ally Program," which helps educate faculty, staff and students how to be an ally to persons with disabilities.
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Kristian Kabuay
prePhilippine scripts: Hands on Baybayin workshop | Portrait of a Mambabatok | prePhilippine Scripts in the Diaspora
Kristian Kabuay was born in the Philippines and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He spent his college years in the Philippines where he honed his knowledge about the native ancient writing system, Baybayin. Kristian is a self-taught artist influenced by calligraphy, graffiti, abstract art, indigenous culture, technology and Asian writing systems. As a leading authority for the propagation and instruction of the Philippine script, he developed a modern performance style of the writing system called Tulang Kalis (Poetry of the Sword) and introduced it as Filipino Calligraphy with a series of live demonstrations and lectures at the Asian Art Museum in October 2012. He has spoken at numerous schools and institutions such as Stanford University, UC Berkeley, SF State University, University of the Philippines, National Anthropology Museum of Madrid, and Tokyo University. Currently based in San Francisco, Kristian has been tirelessly advocating a reawakening of the indigenous spirit through decolonization and Baybayin. Conscious of the role he plays, Kristian launched his own company around the script specializing custom art, translations, books and apparel. This lead to collaborations with t-shirt, hat and skateboard companies. Kristian is currently working on his 4th book, documentary and online school.
Gioconda Guerra Perez
Creating a sustainable Undocumented/DACAmented Action
Born and raised in Panama, Gioconda Guerra Pérez joined La Casa Cultural Latina in August 2013. Before joining La Casa, she served as visiting assistant professor at Indiana University Southeast (IUS), School of Education and as Socio-Cultural specialist for the New Neighbors Center at IUS. She has taught courses on Multicultural Education, Current Social Issues in Education, and Intercultural Relations. She has developed and delivered professional development/workshops on issues related to institutional barriers affecting Latino/a college students; undocumented/DACA students: policies and practices; as well as intersectionality & identity. She also serves as Interim Director of the Native American House. Gio has also developed curricula for K-12 schools to work with Latino families and English Language Learners (ELL). She has provided professional development for K-12 teachers on issues related to ELL and Latino/a students and their cultures. She received a M.A in Sociology and Communication and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development both from the University of Louisville. She attended the Universidad de Panamá where she studied Journalism. Her professional and personal interest has been finding ways to help Latino students to achieve higher education.
Jon Salvani
Trending - #PinoyInTheMainstream
Jon Salvani is Director of Advancement at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He currently leads a team of alumni relations and fundraising professionals based in downtown Chicago. Jon has been with the University of Illinois for over four years, with more than 12 years total of experience in higher education advancement and fundraising. He is a proud Filipino-American, having moved to the United States in 1984. Both his parents immigrated from the Philippines in 1970, starting in Canada, then Germany, before finally reaching the United States. Jon is actively involved with Pi Sigma Epsilon, a professional sales and marketing fraternity, a member of the President’s Council for the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, along with other non-profit organizations throughout Illinois. Jon is a proud father of two children, Carter and Lily, and married to his wife of twelve years, Emily. They also have two “furry children” – a schnauzer named Adobo, and a dachshund named Niza.
Mustafa Anwar
Maligayang pagdating – Diversity and Inclusion from A Non-Filipino
Mustafa Anwar is a senior at Marquette University majoring in Speech Pathology and Audiology with minors in Psychology and Sociology. Currently, Mustafa serves as the Internal Public Relations Officer for Marquette’s Filipino-cultural organization the Bayanihan Student Organization, more commonly known as BSO. Mustafa has been with BSO since his freshmen year, and has been blessed to work with such a diverse and inclusive community. This is Mustafa’s third MAFA-sponsored conference, as he attended PSA Fact 2016 and served as the Finance Coordinator for MFAS 2017: Rooted in Growth. During his time at Marquette, Mustafa has worked with countless first year students as a Resident Assistant, served as a member of his university’s National Residence Hall Honorary, and is a founding member of the Multi-Cultural Student Council at Marquette. Mustafa’s passion for diversity and inclusion as a Non-Filipino has been a product of his experience working with so many Filipinos and the motto Bayanihan brings – “Coming Together To Achieve A Common Goal.” In his free time Mustafa likes to cook, read, listen to Spotify, complete his Pokedex, binge Netflix, and weeb out to Boruto on Wednesdays. Currently Mustafa is applying to six different graduate schools across the country to pursue a Master’s Degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs.
John Ballesteros
SeektheThrill - Find Your Journey
John loves the art of hosting. This includes giving people energy at events like Battle of the Bamboo, or hosting workshops at conferences like FACT. It also includes facilitating conversations that improve collaboration within teams. In the corporate world, he worked at the Accelerated Solutions Environment, a consulting group that facilitates brainstorming events. Currently John is a freelancer in New York City, developing his own brand and service as a solo entrepreneur.
Khai Vinh Ly
Discovering Your Rags to Riches Story
Battling many obstacles in life, Khai Vinh has aided his family in building a successful business in the hospitality industry, and is now building a business of his own.
Kenny Importante
Addressing Cultural Conflicts from My Lola's Story
Kenny Importante currently serves as assistant director of UIUC's Asian American Cultural Center. Born in the Philippines and moved to California when he was 10 years old, Kenny has been able to navigate cultural conflicts growing up in Filipino household. He prides his work on serving as a great role model and connector to many of the students on campus. He has especially enjoyed advising various student groups and PSA's FACT coordinators for the past 6 years. He holds his bachelor's degree from University of California Santa Barbara and master's from University of Connecticut.
Xavier Hernandez
One Click, One Sound: A Tinikling Master Class
Xavier Hernandez is the Director of the Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center at Purdue University. Originally from Southern California, he started performing in Pilipino Cultural Nights as a high school freshman and participated in every aspect of PCN over the next 8 years. At Purdue, Xavier is the advisor for 5 student organizations, including the Purdue Filipino Association, Lambda Phi Epsilon, Asian Student Union Board, and the Polynesian Cultural Club. He obtained his PhD in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois in 2017. This is his 4th consecutive year as a FACT workshop facilitator and he is always happy to come back to UIUC whenever he can!
Danny Mathews
Ladyboys: A Conversation about Gender in the Asian Diaspora
Danny Mathews is the current Assistant Director at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s LGBT Resource Center. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Women’s & Gender Studies and Masters of Science in Education with a specialty in College Student Personnel Administration, both from Illinois State University. Mathews grew up in south Florida where he learned to appreciate diversity and cross cultural experiences. Mathews previously held positions at Virginia Tech and Illinois State University. Prior to working in higher education, Mathews served as an HIV/AIDS Outreach Educator for the American Red Cross. He is passionate about social justice work and teaching empathy as a critical leadership skill.
MAFA Exectuive Board
Conference within a Conference
MAFA Board is the governing body of the MAFA community, hoping to promote Filipinx culture and Asian American awareness, coordinating meetings and events, and supporting the objectives of the MAFA Member Organizations.
Chris Aldana
So What Are You Anyway?: Exploring Multiethnic Identities
Chris was born in Los Angeles, then raised in the Philippines and Vietnam before returning to America for college at the Ohio State University. She started her spoken word journey in her second year of college and hasn't looked back since! Since graduating in 2014, Chris was part of a Bangkok-based poetry collective (Bangkok Lyrical Lunacy) but these days you can find her performing at open mics around the city of Chicago, or hanging out with the UniPro Chicago team in her spare time. One day she hopes to do a spoken word tour across the USA, and maybe even publish a collection of her poetry. Maybe some day your kid will have to study her poetry in their English class, and you can tell them that you met her at FACT, before anyone really knew who she was.
Jerico Domingo
Common Threads
The Co-Curation team engages the Fil-Am community outside the Field Museum in the stewardship, documentation, and interpretation of the more than 10,000 objects in the Philippine collection. Guided by the interests of community members in partnership with museum staff, this program transforms the museum into a forum where objects from the past are reunited with living traditions, cultural knowledge, and stories of experience. In doing so, Co-Curation enables the museum to deepen its relevance as a public resource and gathering place, both online and in local communities.
Dream Team
Chasing your Dream (Team) Workshop
Dream Team started in 2015 with 12 brothers and a Dream. Our goal was not to be the best, or the biggest dance team in chicago, but a team that best represents the love for dance, inspiration to others, and brotherhood. Today, Dream Team consist of over 30 members from the west coast to the mid west. We have performed and competed at events like World of Dance, Prelude Midwest, Elements, and battle of the bamboo.
Filipino Kitchen
Cooking As A Political Act
Filipino Kitchen uses Philippine cuisine to connect Filipinos everywhere with our cultural heritage and the possibilities of our shared future. Based in Chicago, we cook and share our delicious cuisine at pop­up meals and food events. On our website, Filipino Kitchen documents with photography, interviews, stories, and recipes from the makers and appreciators of Filipino cuisine and its continuing evolution. We hope to lead a long­coming renaissance by connecting across the diaspora with our shared love and pride of our food. The masterminds and masterhearts behind Filipino Kitchen are two Filipino Americans: writer Sarahlynn Pablo and photographer Natalia Roxas. Filipino Kitchen is online at http://filipino.kitchen and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Bo Bercasio & Andrew Liang
Dance2XS UIUC Workshop: Andrew + Bo
Just two bros that love to dance. We love creating and sharing our creations with those who love to dance as much as we do.
Annie Kim & Lihan Chen
Your Mileage May Vary: Life Beyond Your Asian Org
Annie Kim & Lihan Chen are UIUC alums and best friends who have survived the test of post-graduation friendship. They have both held core and executive board positions in the AAA on campus. Annie has been a part of PSA’s Barkada & FACT facilitator team, Asian orgs like TASC, & dance teams like Dance2XS & K-Project. Lihan has also been a part of PSA, Asian orgs like TASC & CSSA, and professional orgs like AAF. Annie and Lihan currently lead boring adult lives and work full-time jobs while taking out time to go on duo adventures. They’re very excited to come back to FACT as alums and hopefully share something useful with the delegates. [ IS ONE BIO OK? DO WE SHARE ONE? I SHOULD HAVE ASKED BUT JUST EMAIL ME IF YOU NEED IT SHORTENED OR CHANGED LOL ]
Nerissa Allegretti & Jessica
Stop the Killings and End Impunity: The Drug War in the Philippines and Police Violence in the United States
Nerissa Allegretti is the program coordinator of the Fellowship for Filipino Migrants (FFM), the Midwest coordinator National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), and delegate to the international founding congress of the International Coalition of Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) in 2013 in Manila City as well as the 2nd congress in 2016 in Davao City. Jessica currently serves as the Manager of Diversity and Inclusion for the YMCA US and was former Director of Family and Youth Engagement at the YMCA of Greater Seattle. Jessica has served in a variety of not-for-profit roles while serving as a board member for the International Coalition of Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP).
Love Jordan & Joy Sales
Martial Law, I Thought that was 45 Years Ago!
Love Jordan serves on the Women’s and LGBTQIA Desk of Anakbayan Chicago. Her interest and track-record in social justice has taken her from student organizing at Loyola University Chicago, where she graduated with a degree in political science, to the southern Philippines to integrate and learn from indigenous communities experiencing militarization and human rights violations. She recently returned from a solidarity trip to Standing Rock, North Dakota to hear from Native Water Protectors and the intentional community built to resist the Dakota Access Pipeline. She is a feminist, a poet, and a woman-loving woman. She is currently searching for a few quiet hours to write. Joy Sales is a doctoral candidate in U.S. history and a Mellon Cluster fellow in Comparative Race and Diaspora. Her general research interests include Filipino American history, U.S. Empire in Asia, social movements, race and diaspora, and oral history. Her dissertation traces the history of Filipino activism from 1898 to 1986 in three cases: anti-colonial activism of students in the early 1900s, farm labor organizing from the 1930s to the 1960s, and anti-Marcos activism in the 1970s and 80s. Scholarship on U.S.-Philippine relations shows how U.S. officials and Filipino elites, in fear of such challenges, created a transnational system of policing and surveilling Filipino radicals, but few scholars have studied the ways Filipinos made radicalism possible, despite U.S. policies of repression. Thus, Joy’s dissertation analyzes how Filipinos in different historical contexts curtail and contest colonial and neocolonial censorship laws and policing strategies, how Filipino activists in the diaspora created and sustained a transnational praxis of anti-imperial and anti-racist critique, and how transnational activism changed social movements in both the U.S. and the Philippines. As a scholar-activist, Joy believes in education as a tool of empowerment, particularly for young people of color. She cultivated this philosophy as a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and History/German double-major at Grinnell College. She also practiced this philosophy in the classroom by developing a course entitled, “Asian American Activism,” which she taught as a visiting professor at Grinnell College in 2016. Outside of the classroom, she helps design educational workshops on Filipino history and migration for Anakbayan, a transnational Filipino youth organization advocating for democratic change in the Philippines.
Daily Center
The Daily Grind
Daily Center, established in 2016 by Domino Johnson, is a home where members from all over Chicago come together to connect on an intellectual and physical level. Daily Center is a brand new team in the dance community. Just one year after its inception, Daily Center won 2nd place at Masterpiece Dance Competition. Their goal is to create a home for dancers that want to be involved with individuals that want to seek their full potentials and strive for their goals through dance as a unit.