Why Culturally Relevant Education Matters

Pilipinx Visibility Week 2017

This year’s #PilipinxVisibilityWeek began on April 9th, the 75th anniversary of the Bataan Death March. The week was full of events on nine different college campuses around Southern California educating their fellow students about Filipino culture, contextualizing our place in the political climate, and proclaiming the necessity of learning about our own history to understand self and therefore imagine the future. Though the week comes to a close today, the fight for Pilipinx Studies will continue tomorrow. We in the SIKAP coalition will not stop until culturally relevant education, for Pilipinx people and all marginalized communities, is institutionalized.

The culmination ceremony was held today, April 15th at the Pilipino Workers Center in Historic Filipinotown. Thank you to our keynote speaker Ivy Quicho, National Chairperson of AF3IRM, and all 9 student leaders for your diligence in the SIKAP coalition:

Warjay Naigan of Cal Poly Pomona PASK
Kevin Parducho of Cal State LA Kalahi
Joshua Blanco of UC Irvine Kababayan
Raven Castro of USC Troy Philippines
Andrea Mackey of Claremont Colleges Kasama
Renee Zapata of UCSB Kapatirang Pilipino
Kamille Magante of Cal State Dominguez Hills Pagsikapan
Kevin Casasola of UCLA Samahang Pilipino
Angelyn Garcia of Cal State Fullerton Pilipino American Students Association
and each organization’s respective membership.

Thanks also goes to DJ J the YB of Sessions LA, Filipino Cultural School, Dollar Hits LA, NativeSol, Pilipino Workers Center, and all advocates and allies for Ethnic Studies for your support at the culmination ceremony.

Our resistance IS stronger.

Learn more about the fight for Pilipinx Studies.

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