Ethnic Studies IS Civic Engagement

June 28, 2019

Summer has officially begun for our small – and mighty – vessel!

We know this because the start of our summer Awareness in Action Program (AAP) happened this past week and we’re still reeling from meeting our participants, witnessing the successful first classes of both sites, and lastly, seeing our program grow to now be offered in Union City.

Our summer Awareness in Action Program (AAP) is an eight-week community-based course that combines Filipino Studies and Civic Engagement through weekly sessions, assigned projects, and immersion tours focused on our unique Fil history in California. Through discourse and dialogue, AAP touches upon issues of Fil Identity, Psychology, Generational Dynamics, and our shared Political History [and Future] – from the perspectives of our immigration stories, workplace/career, and community activism.

The program opened this past week with framing our next two months together with the openness to learn about ourselves, our families, and with this knowledge – answering for how we can continue to serve the public good, both responsibly and ethically.

With our AAP in San Jose meeting on Monday evenings and our AAP East Bay Cohort meeting on Thursdays, our organization is sure to have a full summer with weekly classes and community exposure tours in-between.

AAP fuses an Ethnic Studies pedagogy with actionable steps for our participants to engage, talk-through, and invoke an increased Fil Am presence in local civic issues, public service, and public policy change!


Angelica “Gel” Cortez
LEAD Filipino

LEAD Filipino
LEAD Filipino

We are a nonprofit that organizes for FilAm civic participation, grassroots leadership and direct community action out of San Jose, California.

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