Concrete advocacy outcomes: what is done, how, where, and when 

Immigration: DACA, Family Visas, & Naturalization
Hall A

Aquilina Soriano, Executive Director, Pilipino Workers Center
Myrla Baldonado, Pilipino Workers Center
Tori Aranu, Pilipino Workers Center

The border wall issue does not impact the Filipino American community the same as other immigrant communities, but the anti-immigrant sentiments and policies that are embodied by the “Build the Wall” slogan are causing a lot of harm to Filipinos. The impact ranges from creating painful family separation to leaving workers more vulnerable to human trafficking. Join us for an interactive workshop that will weave the Filipino American immigration narrative with the lives of the participants and connect them to the most urgent immigration issues facing Filipinos today.

Achieving Whole Health & Diabetes in the Filipino Community
Hall B

Rudy Asercion, NaFFAA Region 8 Chair
Krystle Canare, Georgetown University’s National Center for Cultural Competence
Joyce Javier, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, USC Keck School of Medicine
Dr. Melinda Sarmiento Bender, University of San Francisco School of Nursing
Danet Lapiz Bluhm, University of Texas Health, School of Nursing
Ester C. Aure, Health and Wellness Program Director, NaFFAA Northern California Region

What does achieving whole health look like for the Filipino community, its families, and individuals? NaFFAA leaders Rudy Asercion and Krystle Canare will be joined by national and local trailblazers and organizations in the fields of healthcare, community health, and mental health to help attendees identify steps they can take in transforming mindsets around health and well-being. In particular, this session will:

  1. Bring awareness to the crippling epidemic of diabetes in the Filipino community and how the [insert name here] developed a mobile phone-based Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle and social networking intervention to improve health outcomes.
  2. Provide important information on how parenting programs conducted by the Filipino Family Health Initiative prevent emotional and behavioral issues among Filipino youth and improve familial bonds & relationships.

K-12 Education Advocacy in the Filipino Community
Hall C

Godfrey Plata, Co-founder, SoCal AANHPI Educators
Bianca Nepales, Middle School English Teacher, Ambassador School of Global Leadership
Denise Panaligan, Managing Director, Southern California Recruitment, Teach For America
Justin Tandingan, Director of Corps Member and Alumni Impact,Teach For America, Los Angeles

Too many efforts for educational equity relegate their understanding of inequity to African-American and Latinx communities. While it is clearly important to stand in solidarity with other communities of color that face injustice, this narrow narrative and rhetoric erases the stories and data of our own community’s experiences with inequity in education, as students, parents, and educators. In this session, participants will walk away (a) with a broader understanding of what contributes to educational inequity in our communities, (b) more strategically able to target their advocacy efforts, and (c) plugged into people and efforts making change in education NOW. Whether you’re already leading advocacy work, or want to understand advocacy or educational inequity for the first time, this session is for you.

Executive Advisory Council
International 132AB

Event Timeslots (1)

Saturday, August 17 – Advocacy
(1) Immigration: DACA, Family Visas, & Naturalization ; (2) Achieving Whole Health & Diabetes in the Filipino Community; (3)K-12 Education Advocacy in the Filipino Community