Session One | For You


Unorthodox Profession: From The Perspective of a Yo-Yo Player

Noel Kunz

As Filipino-Americans, we are often expected to grow up to become monetarily successful and respected in regards to our occupation. Well, what if you want to do something different? Something off the wall? This workshop not only explores ways to make money doing something out of the norm, but from a perspective of someone who has been through many ups and downs in search of making a living solely on a passion, and more importantly, from someone who is still on that journey.

Seek the Thrill - It's All About the Journey

John Ballesteros

This workshop is for dreamers who want more in life, but might not know how to make it happen. We'll have an open conversation guided by thought-provoking questions and engaging activities that helps us reflect on our own personal journeys. The most important thing is that we all learn from each other by sharing our unique experiences and ways of thinking.

Kundiman: Showing Love to Our People

Gretchen Carvajal

Be ready to open up and be unafraid to get deep, we’re all kasamas here! This writing workshop explores the urgency of words. As Filipino Americans, there were a million blessings and a million downfalls to trace the map of how we ended up here. What would do you do to honor the people who came before you? Who was the last person you appreciated in words? Who would you thank for being here? We’ll write and discuss the need to communicate love and to honor the reasons you were brought to this space. Because self-love is For US, but the legacy we leave is for Everyone.

INdividualism: Writing Your Own Story

INsight Crew

Dance, the perfect outlet to embrace your individuality and unique expression. This workshop emphasizes the importance of originality, connecting to your personal experiences to formulate your own universal language of dance. Instructed by Christian Donayre & Eesle Koh.

Being Multiracial: Fusing Identities

Zila Renfro

This workshop will explore identifying as multiracial/multiethnic in a world that often forces us to see things through a monoracial lens. While multiracial people often have their identities split, categorized and parceled into percentages, perhaps we can instead see these identities as a perfect, singular fusion. Through historical context, identity theories and group discussion, we will examine common experiences of multiraciality in Filipino-American culture and beyond.

Coming Out: A Universal Experience

Tiger Litam

What do Antonio José Vargas, Kurt from Glee, and you have in common? Find out in a workshop dedicated to living your truth while seeking to understanding others'. “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it". - Brené Brown

Bakit, Why?!: Insights into Filipino Attitudes

Maribeth Gomez

This workshop will discuss historical and cultural contexts behind common Filipino attitudes such as "Filipino time," ideals of a "dalagang pilipina (filipina maiden)," and other examples. Understanding context saves us from turning the complexity of human nature into a single narrative. Instead of just seeing attitudes and actions for their face value, this workshop will allow you to look deeper into why these attitudes exist and the reasoning behind them.

The Ingredients of Leadership - From Identity to Audacity

Robert King

This session will explore the ingredients needed to lead. Leading and managing an organization requires specific skills that are often overlooked or undervalued. The works of John Kotter-Harvard Business School, provide an amazing backdrop to identify leadership qualities(ingredients) and examine how these qualities or ingredients impact your leadership product. Understanding the different leadership qualities will help provide determine what additional qualities might be missing that would help complete your leadership persona.

For the Next Generation of Leaders: Emotional Grit

Christina Carpio

For many of our households growing up, we are taught not to talk or exhibit any of our emotions. Often times, “being emotional” has characterized individuals as weak; this has been pointed out in media. We are taught to strive to meet the expectations that are placed by external factors such as our families and society. In this workshop, we will teach you the concept of emotional grit and provide you with a new global leadership framework based on Dr. Neeta Bhushan’s new book, “Emotional Grit: 8 Steps to Master your Emotions, Transform your Thoughts, and Change your World.”

Art+Design I Passion+Purpose

Royce Tolledo / Louis De Guzman

This workshop is focused on a introductory of the world of art & design. A mixed combination of experience from the Fine Arts and Digital Design. It is a small glimpse of how the field of art and industry go hand in hand in ultimately pursuing your passion.

EntrePinoyship: How your passion leads to business and having Pun while doing so.

Lakhi Siap

We live in a world where more people are going into business and creating start-ups. This introspective and interactive workshop is designed to go over the participants passion and understanding their "why". It will also get you out of your comfort zone, provide certain business hacks in changing your mindset and show how to network effectively.

From Liberty into Manhood

Jonathan Roberts

"From Liberty into Manhood" pushes to change our views of gender, but most specifically how we condition male born children into men, and how this may be harmful to them and our society. Could the secret to women's and non-gender conforming individual's equality lie within the oppressive patriarchal system that is masculine culture? Let us discuss how we can help future generations from the gender system.

Am I Filipino Enough?

Kenny Importante / Jeffrey Alton

In this workshop, participants will gain a better understanding of how to navigate Filipino or Filipino American identity by discussing culture, history and growing up in a Filipino American household. Whether you were raised in a strong Filipino community, or were the only Filipino family in your town, there are some common cultural links, experiences, and themes that bind us all. The presenters are hoping to start the discussion for participants to talk about their understanding of their identity, and how to feel more comfortable and fluid in expressing it.

Knowing Your Interests and Abilities: A Path to a STEM Career

Natasha Mamaril

The workshop is designed to help participants understand how their interests, values, and abilities can lead them to a career in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. We will do self-assessments, group discussions, and talk about what STEM careers might be worth exploring. Participants will also be encouraged to articulate their plans to achieve their career objectives.

Our Migration Story

Anthony Baccay / Monique Buni / Nerissa Allegretti

Have you ever wondered why your family migrated to the US? This workshop aims to understand the factors that force people (in particular our families) to relocate to America, to share our own migration stories, contextualize it in the historical migration of Filipinos to America, and to create an understanding behind first and second generation Filipino Americans. Come join us as we create a space to discover our collective migration story!

Teach Us How to Treat: AAPIs in Healthcare

Christine Joy / Kathlyn Oco

This workshop is for students interested in healthcare or current healthcare professionals interested in making a commitment to health equity through a racial and social justice lens. Delegates will 1) Engage in discussion about how important social justice issues impact the health of our communities (e.g., How implicit biases regarding race, gender, age, SES, religion, sexual orientation, etc. may lead to inequitable health outcomes) 2) Collaborate to develop a plan to integrate this work into our personal, professional, and civic life 3) Build connections and participate in collective healing by sharing self-care strategies.

The Introvert's Guide to Leadership

Lamar Roberts / Ilene Lungay


Through this workshop, we hope to provide introverts with the tools to succeed in positions of leadership, and to provide extroverts with tools to support their introverted peers. We hope to highlight the importance of introverted leadership, and to dispel rumors and stereotypes about introverts’ capabilities as leaders. We all benefit from inclusion, and by giving introverts time in the spotlight, we hope to show that introverted leaders are truly able to impact all of us and everyone.

Session Two | For Us


2 Families, 1 State of Mind: Filipino American Student Organizations from West Coast to No Coast

Xavier Hernandez

This workshop presents the similarities and differences between 2 Filipino American student organizations - 1 from the Midwest and 1 from the West Coast. An in-depth examination of the culture and traditions of these respective organizations illustrates the power of the higher education environment to create and uphold lasting elements of a unique Filipino American culture that legitimizes student voices in ways that no other community can, regardless of geographic location. Moving forward, delegates who attend this workshop will gain a larger understanding of the distinct privilege and potential that encompasses student organizing, and will also think critically about their role in preserving time-honored traditions while simultaneously carving their own paths in their respective campus communities.

Kami Here, Kami Queer

Maya Arcilla / Acie Roxas / Diana Balitaan

As women and LGBTQIA Filipino/x youth, our issues are often silenced and marginalized. Despite the passing of gay marriage, our communities continue to face increased rates of homelessness, abuse, and overall violence. Join Anakbayan Chicago’s Women’s and LGBTQIA Desk to shed light on the issues our communities face, so that we may empower each other and rise up for true liberation and justice! This workshop is open to all genders and sexualities.

Understanding the Barriers that Directly Impact Undocumented/DACA Students to Graduate from College

Gioconda Guerra Perez

In this workshop, participants will be able to analyze some of the current policies and practices that have affected undocumented students to succeed in higher education. From political arguments to family stress, DACA/Undocumented students often face more barriers than most college students, and still persist.

Asian Women in Media Online

Sharmeen Khan / Tina Kim

This workshop will explore prominent Asian American women in media who are changing the historical role and representation of Asian women when it comes to film, TV and news networks. Asian American women have historically been categorized as inferior and exoticized especially in media. Today, these women are changing the game by taking strong roles within their careers and using their voice to advocate for others.

Challenging the Model Minority Myth

David Chih

Are Asian Americans 'model minorities'? In this interactive conversation, we will review how the stereotype has been used to pit racial groups against each other, and how individuals are affected by it. We will explore how college students today experience it, and how to address it when you see it in your lives.

Mayroon ba kayong Snapchat?: Social Media vs. Society

JR Ellasos

With social media becoming more and more integrated through technology, the more apparent of an impact it has had on everyday society. The goal of this workshop is to remind attendees the supplemental nature and separation of social media from everyday life, because nowadays it isn’t whether or not we use social media, but how we use it and why.

Collaborate and Don’t Hate

Filipino Kitchen

An African proverb says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Are we Asians really ‘clannish’ or ‘cliquish’? Like crabs pulling each other down? We don’t think so. In this workshop, participants will learn how to build alliances and why are allies and collaborations are important in business, at school and in community work. Facilitators will share their personal experiences in different fields to show how collaboration raises everyone up.

The Miseducation of the Filipino People

Renae Encinas / Edmund Buni

Ever wonder why there are so many skin whitening products in the Philippines or why you don’t hear much about Pilipinxs in American History? ME TOO. In the “Miseducation of the Filipino,” Renato Constantino writes about the colonial educational system in the Philippines during the U.S. occupation. Constantino looks at how the American-led and American-centric education reshaped Filipino minds to conform to American ideals and detached them from Philippine history, culture, and consequently their collective and national identity. This reshaping of the mind, known as “colonial mentality” is still prevalent among Filipinos today. In this workshop, we will look at how the past and current educational systems produce colonial mentality and reflect on how it has shaped the identities of many Filipinos, as well as our relationship with our family, fellow Pin@ys, and homeland. Ultimately, we will imagine and work towards an educational system that serves the needs and liberation of the entire Filipino people.

Indigenous Values - A Common Past

Jamie Singson

This workshop will explore a similar common past of both Native America and the Philippines where each have endured centuries of similar influences from colonialism and assimilation ideologies.

Making Relationships Count! - The Importance of Relationship Building and Networking

Jon Salvani

In today's world, it's not just what you know, it's also who you know. Building a strong professional network starts with building solid relationships. In this workshop, we will talk about ways to create good relationships and building your network, from initial introductions to following up and continuing connections.

The 3 C's: Creativity Meets Culture Meets Consumerism

Charmaine Balisalisa

If you are a creative person, a person in the creative industry, or just a person who appreciates the creative industry - music, design, the performing arts, painting, film, etc. - then chances are that you've heard this certain word thrown around a lot: cultural appropriation. What is it, and what does it mean for the artist, especially those who make a living out of their creativity? Discover the tensions between art, culture, and consumerism, and learn about the different perspectives that can equip us to better understand and find solutions.

The Racial Middle: AAPIs and the Black Lives Matter Movement

Katrina Monreal

The purpose of this workshop is to provide a space for both AAPIs and other members of the community to reflect on and discuss where they stand in regards to the BLM movement. With the issues of gun violence and police brutality often being addressed by the media as a Black and White issue, non-Black AAPIs are not forced to confront the subject if they so choose. Whether or not they realize it, the option for AAPI to be passive in the face of such injustice comes from a place of extreme privilege.

This space will exist as tool for education for non-Black AAPI on this privilege as well as the history of Black and AAPI relationships, while also opening up a safe space of dialogue that many members of the community may have never had access to. The ultimate goal for this workshop is to allow for peer-to-peer education, opinion forming, and allyship training.

Indigenous Peoples’ Struggle from Dakota to Mindanao for Land and Justice

Lorena Buni / Love Jordan / Everett Icao

It is important to look at the distinctness of both the Native American and the Lumad of Mindanao struggles, but there is much to be said about the interconnections between the two. The corporate plunder that both indigenous communities face is enabled by the colonization of their respective lands. For centuries, the voices of indigenous peoples – like the Standing Rock Sioux and the Manobo tribe in Mindanao – have received little mainstream attention in spite of their active and present-day resistance. Their resistance is a source of power that has led to victories, international support, and the revitalization of their communities. Join us as we create a space to talk about and learn from indigenous struggles to fight for water, land, and justice!

INdulge, INteract, INsync

INsight Crew

Apply and share your character and vision with the community around you. Acknowledge and appreciate various dance styles other than your own and put your ideas to the test through collaboration with a diverse group of individuals. Instructed by: Chris Chueng, Daniel Dinh, & Michael Nguyen.

Intersectionality and Disability

Betsy Basch

Let's spend some time together thinking about intersectionality and disability! This will be an interactive workshop where we can highlight visible and non-visible intersections of social identities and how disability may affect our social identities. We will also look for ways we can intervene with inclusion and accessibility in our conversations about diversity.

Spark–Woke–Lit: The Everyday Social Aktibista

Desi Bote

True or false: Social justice can heal communities, is present in your everyday life, and is borne out of spreading love for all peoples? Modern Filipin@ Americans and people of color can defy stereotypes by living their lives authentically and unapologetically. Yet amongst them, many don't see how their lived experiences fit into the ever-growing movements of social justice in 2016 and beyond. This workshop will feature dynamic activities and give tools to provide delegates opportunities in order to explore social justice & community, and how to engage in social change collectively at any level. Come stop by to spark your interest, wake up your mind, and light your world on fire.

[FRESH] If You're Reading This, It's Too Commodified: What Can We Learn from Hip Hop?

Unseen & Unheard

In the age of neoliberalism, American institutions labeled young people of color as deviants, lazy, and undeserving. In order to combat against these institutions, marginalized youths created value within their communities by developing a fresh alternative value system called Hip Hop. However as Hip Hop became commodified into the mainstream, the value system has been diluted. Is hip hop still a valuable method of critique against institutions? What other alternative value systems can we create? What can we learn from hip hop's history?

What's the T(et)? LGBT Inclusion in "Little Saigon"

Danny Mathews

Audre Lorde said, "We can't have single issue conversations because we don't live single issue lives." Having conversations at the intersection of race and sexual/gender identity can be difficult like at the Little Saigon Vietnamese New Year celebration in Orange County, California. Join the conversation about sexual and gender diversity within the API community and begin to unpack why LGBT Asian Americans are on the fringe of acceptance from both the LGBT community and the API community at large.

Session Three | For Everyone


Conference Within A Conference


Each year, the MAFA Executive board hosts Conference Within a Conference (CWAC) where we facilitate and discuss pertinent issues within the MAFAsphere. Discussion topics include but are not limited to cultural awareness, social justice, organization foundation and professionalism. While CWAC is highly suggested for delegates currently serving on their respective school's officer board, all delegates are welcome to attend CWAC. We hope to see you all there!

Freshman Workshop

Annie Kim / Jason Yeh

Calling all Freshmen! Freshmen from all over the nation will come together to engage in discussion and collaborate in interactive challenges. Being your first year in college, there are so many paths you could take from this point on, use this workshop to learn about one another and most importantly yourself. This workshop will not be a lofty-lecture, rather a collaborative experience for you to find and define who you are in order to find out where you want to go. The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Taking a Knee for Solidarity


Pilipino American Unity for Progress (UniPro) is focused on engaging Pilipino Americans across the country through collaboration and education. Delegates in this workshop will be forced to tackle current mainstream social issues by analyzing perspectives representing groups in today's social landscape. Across the country, we see suspicions of systemic racism, people taking a stand (or a knee) during displays of patriotism, and protests against police and government. How do we, as Pilipino Americans, stand alongside other groups as they tackle these issues?