May 24, 2009
Kapwa Conference 09
San Francisco State University
*** SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 2009 ***
WHAT IS KAPWA? Kapwa is a Filipin@ word that describes oneness, interconnectedness, holism, and symbiosis among living beings and the broader environment.
Kapwa Conference 09, organized by Pin@y Educational Partnerships and Fulbright-Hays Philippines Study Tour 2008, will focus on the work of educators to better serve the diverse nature of today’s student population – Filipin@ youth, people of color, and similarly marginalized persons to transcend the effects of colonization and go beyond the basics of identity politics, to develop survival strategies, foster healing, and to build bridges and nurture community.
Through lectures, panels, roundtables, symposia, workshops, exhibits and performances, we will specifically explore roles and perspectives at the intersections of the Global, Local, and Personal levels. Please visit the Presenters’ pages for Global, Local, and Personal to see the full range of topics, including critical pedagogy, arts integration, history, activism, gender and sexuality, and equity in education.
Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP) is a teaching pipeline and a space for the development of critical Filipina/o American curriculum and research. PEP is dually located in the academy and in the community. As a program of San Francisco State University’s Asian American Studies Department in the College of Ethnic Studies, PEP partners with San Francisco public schools and the Filipino Community Center located in the Excelsior neighborhood of San Francisco. PEP’s teaching pipeline connects San Francisco State University upper division undergraduates and graduate students who have an interest in pursuing careers in the field of education, with community college, high school, middle school, and elementary school students who are primarily from low-income backgrounds. One of the main objectives for the PEP Program is to reach out to the students who are under-performing their potential to provide them the support and opportunities necessary to achieve their goals.
The Fulbright-Hays grant was awarded to the North Bay International Studies Project (NBISP) at Sonoma State University (SSU) and its project co-directors, Associate Professor Leny Strobel (American Multicultural Studies) and Miriam Hutchins, Director of NBISP, in 2006 and 2008. The North Bay International Studies Project is a grant- funded, statewide subject- matter project that provides pedagogical and curriculum resources in both History/Social Science and International Studies to the University and K-12 educational community. It is one of the seven sites of the California International Studies Project (CISP) and a member of the Redwood Professional Development Consortium (RPDC). The Fulbright-Hays program included study at Ateneo de Davao University with coursework developed for our American teachers, roundtrip travel, housing, per diem, and travel within the country. Tagalog language classes and pre-departure orientation sessions were held at Sonoma State University. Teachers earned 4-units through SSU’s Extended Education.