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ABOUT THIS BOOK Welcome to the Filipinx American Pages, otherwise known as The FilAm Pages. This resource guide provides information about academic, cultural and community resources helpful to Filipino/a/x-identified students making UC Davis their home. In this first-ever edition, The FilAm Pages aims to showcase the incredible diversity of the community. This guide also focuses on the UC Davis Filipinx American (FilAm) community and the opportunities it offers for students to get involved, on and off campus, and make their college experience the best it can be. In the homeland of the Philippines, the sun shines and the caribou help us progress, so take this chance to find the light in your path and seek that fuel to move forward.

The ‘P’ in “Pilipino” is a reclaimed version of Filipino,” since several languages in pre-colonial Philippines did not contain the ‘F’ sound. Many organizations utilize the ‘x’ to remain inclusive of all genders within the spectrum and defy the Master Narrative.

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Welcome Letters Student Life Student Organizations Community Events Campus Resources Department of Asian American Studies Professional Staff Things to Do On Campus Off Campus Student Profiles Thank You

M ABUHAY Kamusta! Maligayang pagdating! Hello and welcome to all of you, new Aggie scholars! Congratulations on your acceptance at UC Davis; it is an honor to welcome you here. You belong, and you matter! You will have many resources available to assist throughout your academic exploration and growth. As your FilAm academic counselor, I am part of the vast network of support, which includes faculty, staff and students, that will assist in mentoring and guiding you through your journey at UC Davis. You are part of this community at a time of great and intentional change, so I encourage you to engage with the various academic, research, leadership and co-curricular opportunities while you are here. In addition, your attendance at a tier one research institution gives you access to many leading academic programs, enriching student centers and organizations, and many other resources that will cultivate a meaningful and holistic collegiate experience for you. We, the FilAm community, are privileged to be with you from recruitment through graduation day. As you move forward, I hope you find UC Davis to be a home away from home, a place where you are able to connect and learn, a community that empowers you to be your most authentic self. I am pleased to welcome you here, and I look forward to building bridges with you toward your academic success. Isang bagsak!

Mabuhay and welcome to UC Davis from us and the community! Admittance to one of the finest research universities in the nation is a momentous occasion. Now that you are here, acknowledge that. You are one of the many brilliant minds that will pioneer the future. Take this opportunity to discover growth and new learning experiences. As a matter of fact, your time here is valuable, so I profoundly encourage you to get involved and explore the various opportunities and resources that this campus has to offer. With that said, I would personally like to welcome you into the Filipinx American (FilAm) community here at UC Davis. In The FilAm Pages, you will find friendly faces and brave souls who have been in your shoes. Whether you are looking for a community or a resource to support your academic, social, political, cultural or passion endeavors, the FilAm and UC Davis communities are here to provide you with a safe space to find and express who you truly are. I encourage you to discover your pamilya (family) here at UC Davis. Best, LAURENCE MARI TUAZON PAULITE FilAm Pages Editor Co-coordinator, Mga Kaptid’s Big Sib/Little Sib

With warmest regards, KATHERINE ‘KAT’ PARPANA, M.A. Academic Counselor, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean’s Office, Undergraduate Academic Programs Academic Advisor, Filipinx/a/o Graduation Ceremony


STUDENT LIFE At UC Davis, students are active and involved in various activities that enhance their college experiences. From athletics to diverse student clubs and organizations, everyone can find an outlet for their interests. By becoming involved, you can explore your passion, connect with like-minded peers, engage in fun activities and make lifelong friendships.


ST U DENT O R GANIZ ATI ON S Asian American Association The Asian American Association at UC Davis is a student-run, nonprofit organization that aims at unifying all Asian American and Pacific Islander communities on campus. Members strive to create awareness of the different cultural communities through a variety of events.

Asian & Pacific-Islander Queers APIQ (Asian & Pacific-Islander Queers) is a non-profit student organization founded in 1999. Our mission is to provide a safe, confidential space for students who identify as both API (Asian and/or PacificIslander) and LGBTQQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Queer, Intersex, Asexual). We hope to enrich and educate all students in the UC Davis community who are interested in queer and Asian issues. APIQ holds a variety of meetings and events throughout the year such as socials, discussions, and workshops where we explore important topics like identity, coming out, health and politics.

Bayanihan Clinic The mission of Bayanihan Clinic is to provide primary care and preventative health care services to the diverse, underserved communities of the greater Sacramento area, including Filipino veterans and immigrants.

BRIDGE: Pilipinx Outreach and Retention BRIDGE: Pilipinx Outreach and Retention was created in 1987, due to the steadily decreasing number of Pilipinx-identified students pursuing higher education at the University of California, Davis. Though Pilipinx Americans are the largest Asian American ethnic subgroup in California at 1,474,707, they represent only 2.8 percent of the UC Davis student population. This discrepancy indicates that the Pilipinx community is underserved and severely underrepresented. Through effective, intentional and holistic methods of community outreach and retention, BRIDGE empowers students to transcend the inherent disparities of higher education and validate the complexity of the Pilipinx identity. BRIDGE includes the reclaimed version of “Filipinx” as “Pilipinx” in its formal title. Most Filipino languages do not have the “f” sound. However, “Filipinx” and “Pilipinx” can be used interchangeably, and to be more inclusive, BRIDGE has changed the “o” in “Pilipino” to an “x.” The “x” is gender neutral and encompasses all genders within the spectrum.

Filipino Association for Health Careers The Filipino Association for Health Careers (FAHC) is a support and awareness organization at UC Davis that provides personal, social and academic support to students interested in pursuing a health-related career. FAHC promotes Filipino-related health issues and cultural awareness to the community. Customs and academic guidance are integrated, so members realize the health field is not just knowing the facts but also knowing people. FAHC strives to provide an atmosphere in which members can experience personal growth, utilize resources to achieve their goals and promote friendship and camaraderie.

Filipinx in Liberal Arts and Humanities Filipinx in Liberal Arts and Humanities (FILAH) provides political, social, cultural and personal support to students in liberal arts and humanities and social science fields. As part of this support, FILAH provides students with a forum for expression by allowing artistic and social outlets to its members while contributing to the community as a whole with events that preserve the FIlipino/a/x heritage and challenge current sociopolitical issues.

Kappa Psi Epsilon Kappa Psi Epsilon (KPE) is a Pinay-interest sorority focused on academics, culture, sisterhood, community action and social networking. KPE sisters take pride in understanding each other’s differences and being educated and empowered by those differences. KPE sisters help one another through struggles and journey together, resisting oppression and fighting for freedom. The founders of KPE built the framework for a strong sisterhood and today’s ladies help in not only keeping the organization’s HERstory alive but also adding to it every day.

KAPWA–intervarsity/kapwa Kapwa’s vision is to see a thriving space where the Filipinx community and allies can celebrate their ethnic identity, faith and culture; find healing within themselves, their families, community and the campus; and creatively experience and respond to Jesus’ lasting love. They warmly welcome anyone to join in investigating His word, and discussing what it means and growing holistically. You do not have to identify as Filipino/a/x or be Christian or Catholic to be a part of Kapwa. 3

Mga Kapatid


What do you wish you did more of during your first year at UC Davis? As a first-year at the moment, I wish that I focused more on time management during my first quarter. Reflecting back, I could’ve focused more energy in certain areas. I’m still working on balance, which is key.

Why is it important to belong to a community in college? I’d say this is one of the most important things for your emotional well-being. Being part of a community, especially as a first year, makes me feel like I have a family, even away from home. It allowed me to meet other people and create new bonds and opportunities. Mga Kapatid is a social, political, cultural and academic organization for the Filipinx American community at UC Davis. Tagalog for “my brothers and sisters,” Mga Kapatid has committed to building unity and experiences since 1969. In addition to various academic, cultural and political workshops, this organization enhances an appreciation for culture with events—such as Big Sib/Lil Sib Week, Friendship Games and Pilipino Culture Night—to foster a sense of family and togetherness within the FilAm community.

MK Choir MK Choir is a branch of Mga Kapatid. This student-run group is a non-audition vocal ensemble that provides a proactive, supportive community and a vocal outlet for people within and outside of the FilAm community. MK Choir is known for singing new and old hits a cappella, which include occasional Tagalog songs. They routinely perform for events such as Filipino American Traditional Dinner, Pilipinx Time, Mga Kapatid’s Pilipino Culture Night and more.

MK Modern MK Modern began when a group of students who were involved in Mga Kapatid’s Pilipino Culture Night decided to take their passion for dance to the next level. From its humble beginnings, MK Modern has evolved into a prominent dance group on the UC Davis campus, seeking fresh talent and new opportunities to add to its continuously growing history. The variety of dance styles MK Modern offers serves as the medium through which this multicultural family expresses its love for hip-hop. 4

Pilipinx Americans in Science and Engineering Pilipinx Americans in Science and Engineering aims to provide a community of support for students exploring and pursuing STEM-related fields. This organization welcomes students of all majors and backgrounds, with the goal of providing opportunities for individuals to grow socially, academically and professionally.

Pilipinx in Business and Law The mission of Pilipinxs in Business and Law (PIBL) is to provide a community for students interested in pursuing careers in business, law and other related fields and to engage its members in academic, social, cultural and professional development. PIBL strives to empower others by exploring various sociopolitical issues Pilipinxs and Pilipinx Americans face within these fields, encouraging growth through awareness and advocacy for the complexity of their intersecting identities. Through community-driven programming, PIBL aims to demystify what it means to be interested in business or law by exploring the various careers these fields can include, the different educational tracks that can be studied and the various resources and opportunities available to those who want to expand upon their interests. As a community, PIBL will broaden community networks by establishing relationships with organizations in and outside of the FilAm community and UC Davis to engage and welcome new perspectives, collaboration and innovation.


Why did you decide to pursue higher education? I decided to pursue higher education because I owe everything to my parents for what they have done for me and my siblings since we moved here from the Philippines. I moved here when I was nine years old, so I was truly aware of how much my parents sacrificed by moving here to give us the opportunity to live better lives than they did. I want to be able to show them how grateful I am, and I want to give them everything they want in the future.

Why is it important to belong to a community in college? I feel that being in a community that shares your own values and beliefs is very important. If you surround yourself with individuals who are committed to reaching their goals, as well as support and help those who are on the same path, you are more likely to succeed and have a great support system while you are in college.


CO M M U NITY EV EN TS FA L L QUA RT E R Asian Pacific Islander Middle Eastern/ South Asian Fall Welcome Asian Pacific Islander Middle Eastern /South Asian Fall Welcome is a resource fair where students can meet and obtain information about academic, social, talent, professional, community service and Greek organizations.

FilAm Icebreakers FilAm Icebreakers is an event held every fall quarter where new and returning students can meet friendly faces within the community. New members can learn more about each organization and participate in activities called “icebreakers,” intended to convey a better understanding of the FilAm atmosphere.

FilAm Mentorship Programs Mga Kapatid’s Big Sib/Little Sib Week Mga Kapatid’s peer mentorship program strives to guide its members within the FilAm community and UC Davis communities. Since every member of the FilAm community has their own unique story, Mga Kaptid’s Big Sib/Little Sib program aims at jumpstarting and cultivating these experiences.


FAHC Big Sib/Little Sib Week The Filipino Association for Health Careers (FAHC) understands the struggle of pursuing a health career. To broaden support, FAHC Big Sib/Little Sib mentorship program pairs members with others in FAHC, based on similar interests, so that advice for classes, majors or life can be obtained. This program involves various events that happen throughout the span of a week.

Mentors Always Helping and Leading MAHAL, Tagalog for “love,” stands for Mentors Always Helping and Leading, which is a two-quarter mentorship program that pairs first-year freshmen and first-year transfer students with a peer mentor who is a current UC Davis student. Mentees receive guidance that is helpful for their transition into UC Davis, and the Filipinx American community, through biquarterly checkin meetings and events that promote academic excellence, community development, cultural identity exploration and career preparation. This model of peer mentorship benefits not only the mentees but also the mentors, as they grow in leadership and begin to think critically about holistic retention and college success.

Friendship Games Friendship Games is the largest Pilipinx American college student event in the nation. This highly anticipated event celebrates Spirit, Pride, Unity and Friendship with over 8,000 Pilipino Americans, spanning over 50 colleges and universities across the United States. This event continues to be fun-filled and exciting, with schools competing in friendly games with school pride and unity.

Queer Asian Pacific Islander Retreat The Queer Asian Pacific Islander Retreat aims to foster a safe and inclusive space for all individuals who identify as both Asian Pacific Islander and queer. The goal of this retreat is to engage and empower its participants while creating visibility and validation for the community.

Pilipinx American LGBTQIA+ Support Group Pilipinx American LGBTQIA+ Support Group or PALS is a biweekly support group hosted by BRIDGE: Pilipinx Outreach & Retention. PALS is focused on creating dialogue and building community for all the Pilipinx American LGBTQIA+ students and the issues that the community faces. Each meeting will revolve around organic dialogue and allow for those who attend to speak, listen, engage, and learn.

Pilipinx Empowerment Retreat The Pilipinx Empowerment Retreat (PER) is an annual leadership retreat hosted by BRIDGE: Pilipinx Outreach & Retention. PER aims to take participants on a journey of self-discovery and foster a sense of empowerment, leading to a greater understanding of how one’s complex identities intertwine with Pilipinx hxstory and culture. Throughout the weekend, workshops on selfdiscovery, cultural identity, leadership development and creative expression will be held to engage participants in dialogue that will challenge their perspectives, while cultivating relationships and connections among peers, facilitators and mentors.

Filipinx American Traditional Dinner Filipinx American Traditional Dinner is an annual event that occurs toward the end of November. Coordinated by the FilAm vice presidents, the event consists of dinner, showcases of various performance groups from Mga Kapatid, cultural presentations and a night full of memories. This event brings together the FilAm community, welcoming new members and reuniting returning members in celebration of the holidays. This event also raises money for philanthropy.

Veterano Luncheons Veterano Luncheon is an annual event that Filipino Association for Health Careers holds to honor the Filipino war veterans in Sacramento. Today, many Filipino World War II veterans are separated from their families and live in poor conditions with little support from the surrounding community. The event allows volunteers to offer a small token of appreciation to the Filipino veterans and their families for their service to the United States, the Philippines and the Filipinx-American community.

WI N T E R QUA RTER Asian Pacific Islander Leadership Retreat Asian Pacific Islander Leadership Retreat aims to recruit, develop and maintain student leaders on campus. This retreat empowers students with the leadership skills and resources necessary to make a difference on campus and in their communities.


FILAH Open Mic Filipinx in Liberal Arts and Humanities hold open mics every quarter as a safe space for people to express themselves through song, dance and other forms of expression.

Pilipinx Youth Conference The Pilipinx Youth Conference (PYC) is an annual three-day event hosted by BRIDGE: Pilipinx Outreach & Retention. PYC seeks to empower high school students, through workshops focusing on higher education, social activism and Pilipinx hxstory and culture. PYC’s focus is to preserve the hxstory, stories and culture of the Philippines by capturing the narratives of the youth. Via bonds cultivated through mentorship, PYC aims to remind students that their experiences are worthy and valid. PYC fosters a space for participants to engage in thoughtful reflection of their past and present experiences in relation to their multiple, intersecting identities.

Major Olympics Major Olympics, hosted by Pilipinx Americans in Science and Engineering , provides a space for students to explore different majors they may be interested in. An alumni panel, with experience from an array of majors, allows students to learn how those majors could be applied in the future! This event is provided to guide students and help them make educated decisions about what they can to do with their college career.


America Is on the Stage Filipinx in Liberal Arts and Humanities encourages the community to perform, write and act in this yearly event. Themes of love, relationships, family and resistance are often seen in the plays that are produced. Anyone is welcome to submit their scripts and act in these plays.

Pinay Conference Pinay Conference is a one-day event hosted by BRIDGE: a collaboration between Pilipinx Outreach and Retention and the Student Recruitment and Retention Center. Pinay Conference addresses and highlights the uniquely nuanced issues affecting Pilipinas through workshops, dialogue and creative expression. The conference aims to understand the intersectionalities of the Pilipina identity as it shapes and affects our everyday lives and how it informs choices made in future pursuits.

SP R ING Q UA RTE R Asian Pacific Culture Week Asian Pacific Culture Week (APCW) celebrates the contributions and visibility of the diverse Asian Pacific Islander community! Since its inception in 1973, APCW has provided the UC Davis campus with cultural programs designed to educate and celebrate. It has grown into an annual event anticipated by students, faculty, staff and members of the Davis community.

Asian Pacific Culture Night Providing the climactic finale to the Asian Pacific Culture Week, Culture Night is the annual talent showcase. The night features cultural, traditional and modern performances by students and professional groups.

Health Conference Filipino Association for Health Careers hosts a health conference biennially. Held at the UC Davis Medical Center, the conference features career panels and workshops led by professionals in various health careers. Students aspiring to medical school have direct interaction with these speakers and, as a result, broaden their knowledge of the field.

Pilipinx Time Pilipinx Time is an annual benefit concert hosted by BRIDGE: a collaboration between Pilipinx Outreach and Retention and the Student Recruitment and Retention Center. Pilipinx Time seeks to empower the Pilipinx American community through scholarship and performance. All proceeds from Pilipinx Time go toward granting scholarships to high school seniors and transfer students from underserved communities who plan to attend a four-year university or community college within the upcoming academic year. The purpose of Pilipinx Time is twofold: to provide a space to appreciate Pilipinx American talent of all types and, more importantly, to support the pursuit of higher education at any level.

Pilipino Culture Night Pilipino Culture Night (PCN) is the annual live and stage production, showcasing performing arts, talents, traditions and history of Pilipino culture, hosted by Mga Kapatid. Each year, students participate in PCN to perform dance, music and theater for a memorable experience. Students also assist behind the scenes in planning PCN, working together each week until the curtains close at the last showtime.

Filipinx American Leadership Retreat Filipinx American (FilAm) Leadership Retreat aims to foster leaders for the FilAm community. With various workshops and activities involved, this weekendlong retreat provides a safe space for participants to learn more about personal identity, the history of the FilAm community, awareness of culture, tradition and innovation in hopes of creating unity within the community and beyond.

Fil-Grad The Filipinx Graduation (Fil-Grad) Celebration is an annual ceremony honoring the personal and academic achievements of graduating students— both undergraduate and graduate—who identify as Filipinx American or are friends of the FilAm community on campus. Fil-Grad differs from UC Davis college commencements by providing an intimate, personal environment that fully embraces the significance of each graduating student’s experiences. Along with hand-picked speakers and presentations, every senior receives 45 seconds of spotlight to give a speech, thanks and shout-outs!


Why did you decide to pursue higher education? Pursuing higher education not only gives me more opportunity in the field I want to be a part of but also exposes me to fields I never thought of being part of. It gives me a broader scope in choosing the future I want for myself. Besides, it is hard to see myself without a UC degree, as I cannot even imagine what I would want to do without one.

Why is it important to belong to a community in college? A community is important, because it allows for maturity as well as well-being. The experiences I have with other people in my community— FilAm—has allowed me to become the person I am today; they teach me lessons that I am not able to learn anywhere else. Furthermore, whenever there is hardship I cannot face alone, I know I can always rely on my community to get me through it. My community is a second family and a home away from home.


CAMPUS RESOURCES At UC Davis, there are dynamic community resource and retention centers that cater to your needs and interests. At these centers, students can explore their identities and find opportunities like employment, academic and social advancement, community service and special programs. Discover what each center offers!


AB540 and Undocumented Student Center The AB540 and Undocumented Student Center empowers students to attain their educational goals, overcome legal and financial obstacles and achieve their long-term dreams.

Immigration Law Clinic–law–clinic.html Students at the Immigration Law Clinic are able to interview clients and witnesses, conduct factual investigations and represent immigrants at hearings at the immigration court.

Campus Recreation and Unions From aquatics to sport clubs, Campus Recreation and Unions offers a variety of programs, services and facilities to help you enjoy recreation and maintain a balanced lifestyle. The Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) offers both informal and formal recreation opportunities, making it easy for you to keep fit, relax, have fun and meet your fitness goals. Access to the ARC is free to registered students.

Cross Cultural Center Born out of student activism and political struggle, the Cross Cultural Center (CCC) offers a culturally relevant community space where student voices can be expressed and respected. The CCC cultivates critical consciousness and cultural competency by providing learning opportunities at the crossroads of the many aspects of our identities and experiences.

Educational Opportunity Program The Educational Opportunity Program provides a caring and supportive environment for students as they transition to a large university.

Financial Aid and Scholarships Learn about your financial aid award and explore scholarships and various types of financial aid.

George Kagiwada Library–kagiwada–library The George Kagiwada Library is located in Hart Hall, the home of the Department of Asian American Studies. The library’s collection is focused on Asian American history, culture, identity, diasporas and social justice.

Internship and Career Center The Internship and Career Center (ICC) offers valuable services to students throughout their academic journeys, from incoming freshmen to graduating seniors. ICC services can help students with career decisions, resume writing, interviewing and finding an internship or job.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center helps to create a safe, inclusive space for the community at UC Davis. The center is committed to challenging sexism, transphobia, homophobia, biphobia and heterosexism.

myUCDavis MyUCDavis is an internet portal where students can access information and resources ranging from academics­—such as student advising, scheduling classes and finding support—to employee services, finances and even student life.

Office of the University Registrar The registrar provides student identification cards, manages the course registration system, verifies student enrollment and provides student transcripts.

Online Advising Student Information System The Online Advising Student Information System (OASIS) is a central location for students to learn about important deadlines, submit and track forms and petitions and fill out degree worksheets to help plan their coursework.

Student Academic Success Center The Student Academic Success Center (SASC) helps students thrive by providing academic, personal, social and transitional support. Utilizing a holistic approach, SASC offers services that empower students to take responsibility for their learning, including trained student tutors and drop-in tutoring sessions.

Transfer Reentry Veterans Center Consider the Transfer Reentry Veterans Center as a home away from home. The center accommodates all transfers, veterans, dependents of veterans and reentry students. 11

Here, students can learn how to adjust to UC Davis life and explore resources available for academic excellence.

TRiO Scholars Program The TRiO Scholars Program promotes the academic, social, personal and professional success of our first-generation, income-qualified students and students with disabilities by building a strong sense of community and drawing on UC Davis resources.

Student Disability Center The Student Disability Center is committed to the coordination of specialized academic support services and promoting integrated participation in campus life for students with disabilities.

Student Health and Counseling Services UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services provides a wide variety of medical, mental health and wellness services to all registered UC Davis students, regardless of insurance coverage. Most services are provided through scheduled appointments; however, urgent care (service without appointments) is also available for acute medical and mental health needs. Services are provided at two primary locations: the Student Health and Wellness Center and North Hall.

Community Advising Network Community Advising Network (CAN) counselors are a diverse group of professional staff who understand student issues and are here to help. CAN community counselors provide students with 12

free and anonymous consultation and personal counseling in addition to programs, workshops and other campus-community outreach activities. (CAN counselors do not provide academic advising.)

Student Recruitment and Retention Center The Student Recruitment and Retention Center (SRRC) offers student-run and student-initiated programs that foster holistic academic and personal development, while raising political and cultural awareness. The SRRC study lounge provides tutoring and test materials and is a great place to get your homework done.

Collective Collective is a student-run, student-initiated program that aims to recruit and retain non-traditional students. “Non-traditional” is an umbrella term for transfer, reentry, parents,veterans and all other students who have not experienced entering and graduating from a four-year university immediately after high school as a full-time student. Collective provides workshops, mentorship programs and connections to on and off campus opportunities to inform and empower our community and retention.

BRIDGE: Pilipinx Outreach and Retention BRIDGE: Pilipinx Outreach and Retention was created in 1987 due to the steadily decreasing number of Pilipinx-identified students pursuing higher education at the University of California, Davis. Through effective, intentional and holistic methods of community outreach and retention,

BRIDGE empowers students to transcend the inherent disparities of higher education and validate the complexity of the Pilipinx identity.

Academic Advising Center center.asp Peer advisers and tutors in the Academic Advising Center provide convenient, personalized academic support for every residence hall student.

UC Davis Study Abroad UC Davis offers a variety of opportunities around the world that are open to all majors. Students can study abroad and earn units while participating in programs designed by UC Davis faculty.

Undergraduate Research Center The Undergraduate Research Center (URC) empowers students to find research opportunities and provides resources to hone the skills vital to success as a researcher. Explore the URC website to discover how to excel in a research experience and learn about the research pathway available to UC Davis students.

Women’s Resources and Research Center The Women’s Resources and Research Center is a great place to learn about gender equity, meet friends and get involved with on-campus programs and student groups. Sexism affects everyone, and students can take part in making UC Davis safer and more inclusive for everyone.


Why did you decide to pursue higher education? My mother worked hard to be strong and provide for her family. All she ever wanted was for me to be successful enough to survive in the cold world. I’m pursuing my education past high school to make my mother proud and achieve my dreams.

Why is it important to belong to a community in college? When you turn that tassel on your high school graduation cap, things change. Chances are you will go to live in a dorm away from home in a foreign environment. If you’re like me, you feel lost and alone in the flow of the crowd, wondering how you can be expected to find your new group of friends out of the thousands of students here. Belonging to a community gives me a sense of security and support that allows me to have the confidence to chase after dreams that may seem too far.


D E PARTMEN T OF ASIA N A ME RICAN STUD IE S The Department of Asian American Studies at UC Davis offers an interdisciplinary major that examines the hxstory and experience of Asian American groups in the United States. Those who major in Asian American studies gain an in-depth understanding of the historical, cultural, legal, political, social, psychological, class and gender contexts for Asian Americans. The major provides students the opportunity to develop skills necessary for post-graduate life and a variety of careers.

Home to an accomplished faculty, the Asian American Studies department offers engaging courses that inspire students to learn from history and understand and resolve the issues, past and present, that affect Asian Americans. The FilAm community exists and flourishes with vital support from these faculty members.

D E PARTMEN T FAC ULTY ISAO FUJIMOTO, PH.D. Senior Lecturer Emeritus Asian American Studies and Graduate Program in Community Development 2313 Hart Hall 530-752-4378


Professor Asian American Studies

Asian American Studies and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies

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Senior Lecturer

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Associate Professor and Chair Asian American Studies

Professor Asian American Studies

Associate Professor Asian American Studies

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Associate Professor Asian American Studies

Associate Professor Asian American Studies

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Professor, Psychology and Asian American Studies Director, Asian American Center on Disparities Research 268B Young Hall 530-752-5419

P R OF ES S ION A L STA FF EDWARD D. DAGANG Staff Advisor, Health Professions Advising

KRITI GARG Program Coordinator, Cross Cultural Center

JOE NGUYEN Student Affairs Officer, Asian American Studies

KRISTIAN MARIE OCAMPO Community Advisor for Retention, Student Recruitment and Retention Center

KATHERINE PARPANA Academic Counselor, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean’s Office

TATUM PHAN Community Advising Network (CAN) Counselor, Asian Pacific Islander Communities

MIKAEL VILLALOBOS Associate Chief Diversity Officer, Office of the Chancellor

DONNA VIVAR Director of Advising, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean’s Office


THINGS TO DO When it’s time to take a break from studies, there are plenty of things to do around Davis. From exploring the arboretum, to watching a production at the Mondavi Center or shopping at the weekly Farmers Market, there is always something to explore and an array of popular restaurants and shops around town to enjoy.



Explore the Arboretum The UC Davis Arboretum has over 100 acres of beautiful gardens for active recreation or peaceful contemplation. There are documented plant collections, exhibits and demonstration plantings where visitors can learn about sustainable gardening for the Central Valley.

Attend an Event at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts hosts musical concerts, dance performances, plays and lectures, many featuring world-renowned artists. All UC Davis freshmen and new transfer students are allowed one free ticket to any event during the current season, plus 50 percent off select events.

Get Active at the Activities and Recreation Center The Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) is the campus recreational facility and is referred to as the ARC by students. It holds tons of high-quality workout equipment, an indoor track, rock-climbing wall and courts for basketball and volleyball. There are also opportunities to participate in dance, martial arts and personal training classes!

Join an Intramural Sport Campus Recreation’s Intramural Sports program provides students, faculty, staff and alumni the opportunity to participate in more than 27 (men’s, women’s and coed) competitive and recreational sport activities.

Celebrate Picnic Day Picnic Day celebrates diversity, campus life, academic excellence and service with over 200 exhibits and marquee events, such as the Doxie Derby and the Chemistry Magic Show. There is something for everyone to enjoy!

Check out the Sporting Events Be part of Aggie Pack, the largest student spirit organization in the country. Aggie Pack cheers on all of the UC Davis NCAA Division I sport teams, and it’s a great way to meet new people.

Meet Friends at The BUZZ The BUZZ is a fun, annual Fall Welcome event that takes place in the evening on the Quad. It’s packed with activities, entertainment and information booths to help students learn more about the participating campus departments. A few of the activities include inflatable games, euro bungee, dance battles and much more.

E X PLO R E CA M PU S M U S E U M S Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art The Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art features innovative architecture and houses rotating exhibitions. The Manetti Shrem Museum Student Coalition provides opportunities for students to assist with creating student experiences.

C.N. Gorman Museum The C.N. Gorman Museum is dedicated to the creative expressions of Native American artists and artists of diverse cultures and histories.


O F F CA M PU S Davis Greenbelt The Davis Greenbelt consists of over 60 miles of bike paths, parks and places to run, spread across all of Davis. The Davis Bike Map is available online and in print around town. Don’t forget to bring one to use as a reference!

Davis Transmedia Art Walk Tours Davis has been home to some of the nation’s most distinguished artists. With a printed copy of the Davis Transmedia Art Walk map, you can tour the art displayed downtown at your own pace or schedule an artist- or curator-led tour or curator-lead tour, available on the weekends.

Downtown Davis Downtown Davis has a number of restaurants, shops and movie theaters and isn’t too far from campus. Take a stroll through downtown in the evening, and you may even find yourself enjoying live performances by bands or street performances by fellow residents.

Farmers Market There’s a reason the Farmers Market is an Aggie tradition and a must-do for anyone spending time in Davis. Bike over to Central Park on Saturday mornings to hear local music groups, buy fresh produce and enjoy one of the most popular weekly events in town.

SkyDance SkyDiving

18 See Northern California from a different perspective and try skydiving. Located in Davis, SkyDance SkyDiving offers tandem skydiving and accelerated free-fall skydiving for first-time skydivers.


Ali Baba – 220 Third St. Bambu – 213 E St. Blaze Pizza – 212 F St. Burgers & Brew – 403 Third St. CREAM – 110 F St. Crepeville – 330 Third St. Delta of Venus – 122 B St. Dot Island Grill – 516 Second St. Dumpling House – 129 E St. Dutch Bros. – 980 Olive Dr. El Burrito – 223 F St. Fluffy Donuts & Sandwich Shop – 757 Russell Blvd. Four Season – 1601 Research Park Dr. Lazi Cow – 407 G St. #4 MandRo Teahouse – 1260 Lake Blvd. Nami Sushi – 2880 Fifth St. #105 Ohana Hawaiian BBQ – 825 Russell Blvd. Open Rice Kitchen – 204 G St. Pho King 4 – 226 Third St. Raja’s Tandoor – 207 Third St. Ramen Hook – 825 Russell Blvd. Red 88 Noodle Bar – 223 G St. Sam’s Mediterranean Cuisine – 301 B St. ShareTea – 207 Third St. SnoCrave – 825 Russell Blvd. Sweet and Shavery – 210 E St. Teabo Cafe – 2191 Cowell Blvd. Temple Coffee – 239 G St. Thai Canteen – 117 E St. Tommy J’s – 726 Second St.


Armadillo Music – 207 F St. Bath & Body Works – 500 First St. Bizarro World – 223 E St. Boheme Used Clothing & Goods – 409 Third St. Cost Plus World Market – 871 Russell Blvd. Forever 21 – 875 Russell Blvd. GAP – 871 Russell Blvd. Goodwill – 1640 E Eighth St. Haute Again – 129 E St. Kim’s Asian Market – 628 Fourth St. News Beat – 4651 Second St. NutriShop Davis – 612 Fourth St. Outdoor Davis – 207 F St. Paulina’s Boutique – 207 F St. Target – 4601 Second St. Tibet Nepal – 233 F St. TJ Maxx – 4651 Second St. Urban Body – 802 Second St. The Wardrobe – 206 E St. Watermelon Music – 207 E St. Yolo County SPCA Thrift Store – 920 Third St.


Davis Varsity Theatre – 616 Second St. Regal Cinemas Holiday 6 – 101 F St. Regal Cinemas Stadium 5 – 420 G St.


The Artery – 207 G St. Hattie Weber Museum – 445 C St. John Natsoulas Center for the Arts – 521 First St. Pence Art Gallery – 212 D St. U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame – 303 Third St.


Bikram Yoga – 405 L St. Davis Paintball Center – 24998 County Rd. 102 Rocknasium – 720 Olive Dr., Suite S


Sacramento (approximately 25 minutes away) Lake Berryessa (approximately 30 minutes away) Berkeley (approximately 1 hour away) San Francisco (approximately 1.5 hours away) Lake Tahoe (approximately 2.5 hours away)


Jollibee – 6021 Mack Rd. Sacramento, CA 95823 Roline’s Uniquely Filipino – 2048 Nut Tree Rd. Vacaville, CA 95687 19




Why is it important to belong to a community in college?

Any advice for new students?

What is one thing you believe UC Davis offers that has allowed you to prosper in your college experience?


Being in a community gave me a family that I could be a part of and a huge support system that I could always fall back on. At first, I wasn’t interested in joining the FilAm community because I didn’t really see myself identifying with other Filipinos. However, my parents encouraged me to join Mga Kapatid, because when my dad went to UC Davis, he was in both Mga Kapatid and Pilipinx Americans in Science and Engineering. He told me how much he enjoyed all of it. Now I’ve been on the Tinikling Team, I’ve done high school outreach for Filipino Americans, and I’m currently a board member for Filipino Americans for Health Careers.



Don’t be afraid to explore all your interests or try new things. You could enter college believing that you want to be this or that, but somewhere down the road, your true self will emerge because of all the opportunities UC Davis has to offer. Embrace them and keep an open mind. By doing so, you’ll have a good time.


UC Davis offers endless possibilities to find your niche. The fact that I have opportunities to join or check out different organizations and clubs based on my interests allows me to prosper. In life, we encounter various possibilities, and we must take advantage of them. For me, I discovered the FilAm community at UC Davis, and what they offer has enabled me to prosper.




Left to right: Esperanz Fuentes Aguilera, Laurence Paulite, Ellen Sanders-Raigosa, Nathalie Schrans, Tara Saghir Not pictured: Zareen Nayyar, Rajat Paul

Left to right: Alexander Park, Melanie Zelaya, Jie Song, Jessica Lam, Casey Tsen, Jay Gelvezon, Nicole Sullivan

Students representing the UC Davis community centers formed the student editorial board. As members of the board, these students provided guidance for content development, design, photos and student profiles. With their contributions, this guide is reflective of the FilAm community and student voice.

The Student Affairs Marketing and Communications student designers and photographers collaborated on the graphic design of The FilAm Pages and fashioned it into what it is now. With guidance from the student editorial board, the student designers produced a unique design tailored to the needs of the FilAm community. The creative team hopes you enjoy the aesthetic experience of the guide and use it as a resource for your life at UC Davis.



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