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During the academic year, LEAD Filipino offers culturally-focused and leadership development-centered workshops for college-level students.  Our workshops are developed with the basis of Filipin@ cultural identity and understanding, while interweaving current events, popular culture, and connecting our history to today.  We design our workshops to ensure they’re interactive and discussion-based, often inciting students to question “Why?”, “What?”, and “How”?  Typical run-time of workshops are 75-minutes.

We’ve held past workshops at:

  • San Jose State University
  • De Anza College
  • Santa Clara University
  • UC Davis
  • Evergreen Valley High School
  • Filipino Youth Coalition
  • Stanford University
  • Cal State East Bay

Some of our popular L.E.A.D Filipino workshops include:

  • “Finding Identity and Pride: What Does It Mean to Be Filipinx?” — This workshop addresses questions on how we make sense of our Filipinx identity when we do not speak the language, lack knowledge on Philippine history, or hardly remember the last time we visited the Motherland. This workshop encourages participants, especially those who are second-generation, to reflect upon challenges when connecting to their culture, and to discuss ways to find Filipinx pride and appreciation.  (Led by: Jenna Edra)
  • “Filipino Martial Arts” —  The Filipino Martial Arts (Eskrima, Arnis, Kali) have always been an important part of Filipino culture.  This workshop studies the history of Filipino Martial Arts:  from its Pre-Colonial origins to its survival through folk dances during the Colonial era to its arrival in the United States. This workshop focuses on the contributions of the Stockton Grandmasters; the Manongs who popularized Eskrima not only in the United States, but opened up the art to the entire world. Attendees may also actively participate in learning Eskrima techniques.  (Led by: Kevin Suarez)

  • “Our Heroes, Our Stories” — An interactive review and discussion of the misrepresentation and underrepresentation of Asian Pacific American leaders in media, politics, business, entertainment, science and more — and furthermore, how we can think critically and take steps to change this reality.  (Led by: Angelica Cortez)
  • “Here & Queer: The PilipinXperience” — Examining the roles of Ally-ship in progressing the opportunities and equities of LGBTQIA communities.  (Led by: Jenna Edra and Daniel Lazo)
  • “The Spanish Feudal System”  — Examining the Philippines social structure during Spanish colonization.  (Led by: James Binauhan)
  • “The Power Of Coalitions” –Focused on the importance of grassroots organizing and building coalition, this workshop covers a variety of time periods that hallmark Filipino American history, and our resilience as an oppressed people within our waves of migration.  Emphasizing the legacies and contributions of Manongs Larry Itliong and Philip Vera Cruz, this workshop cracks open the history and stories of Filipinos leading California’s Farmworker Labor Movement.  (Led by: Jay Page)
  • “Leadership Compass” — In this interactive workshop, students learn about the various leadership styles in the workplace, on a team, and in any type of collaborative group environment.  In addition to observing the leadership qualities and traits of others, you’re also given a view of your own characteristics and how they strengthen and enhance outcomes, when paired with the diverse leadership styles of others.  (Led by: Carina Orozco)
  • “Identity Circle” — Before you can serve your community, you need to be rooted in your personal values, virtues and principles.  This workshop asks participants to think reflectively and introspectively in the areas that define and matter to us: Education, Health, Family, Success — you name it — and places students in an interested mentality shift.  (Led by: Carina Orozco)

  • “Policy, for the People, By the People” — What do banks do?  Why do we have traffic lights?  Who makes zoning laws?  A lecture-style workshop, this 75-minute session errs on the side of interlocking the political and economic histories of the Filipin@ American community. Focused on engaging participants in conversations of social systems, the root of this session tackles how Pin@ys can participate in a process and impact social change.  (Led by: Angelica Cortez)
Leadership Compass
04.12.2016 – L.E.A.D. Organizer Carina Orozco facilitating “Leadership Compass” with Santa Clara University students.
11.12.2016 – “Identity Circle” Workshop at San Jose State’s Raising Awareness Amongst Pilipinos Conference.


Awareness In Action Workshops
Awareness in Action workshops provide material, content and discussion around a broad range of social issues impacting us today.  Such examples include, but are not limited to:  Filipinos in STEM, Access to Higher Education, A Path to Citizenship & Immigration Reform, Filipin@s in Film & Media, and the Leadership Compass, etc.  Original L.E.A.D. Filipino workshops include:  “Our Heroes, Our Story” (Angelica Cortez) and “Leadership Compass” (Carina Orozco).

History 360 
History 360 workshops and activities critically link L.E.A.D. Filipino’s mission, vision and goals to the work we put out in the community.  Providing educational material to a breadth of major topics and themes related to Filipino American histories is integral to sparking Awareness in Action and becoming Community L.E.A.Ders.  We highlight the rich contributions of Filipinos in America – but more so, how their histories connect to us today.  Original History 360 L.E.A.D. Filipino workshop:  “Coalition-Building & Student-Led Movements” (Jay Page) and “Privilege or Plight:  The Pensionados”.

02.06.2016 – L.E.A.D. Organizers Angelica Cortez & James Binauhan present “Our Heroes, Our Stories” at UC Davis’ Annual PYC.

To receive more information on our 2019 Workshops or request a workshop for your organization, please contact Angelica Cortez.