4th Annual Ugnayan Conference Visionary to Changemaker: Finding Your Voice

FUSO’s 4th Annual Ugnayan Conference will take place this upcoming Fall 2014 semester on November 22nd, 2014 at the University of San Diego.

This year’s Ugnayan Conference is entitled:

“Visionary to Changemaker: Finding Your Voice

The Fight Begins Now

Hanapin ang Iyong Tinig”

Since FUSO’s inception in 1993, we have come to recognize and embrace our identity as a social justice organization. This year’s 4th Annual Ugnayan Conference strives to celebrate and protect human rights through social responsibility of the individual. Each member of society brings a unique voice and holds the power to reinvent the present for a better future. In a society silenced by intolerance, it is both our obligation and privilege to combat injustice. We have the vision, now let’s make the change. The Fight Begins Now.

For any additional information regarding Ugnayan Conference please contact our Community Liaison, Elley Berg  at fusocommunity@gmail.com.  



Schedule Overview:


Time Activity

7:30 am Registration

8:00 am Almusal/Registration

9:00 am Welcome Remarks

9:15 am Opening Activity

9:30am Keynote 1: Milet Mendoza

10:00am Breakout Session 1

11:05am Debrief (Roundtable)

11:15am Breakout Session 2

12:30pm Lunch/Dessert

1:30pm Keynote 2: Jewelle Dela Cruz

1:45pm Large Group Activity/Discussion

2:20pm Roundtable Discussion

3:30 pm Closing Remarks

4:00 pm End

Keynote Speakers:


Milet Mendoza | Peace Practitioner and Humanitarian of the Philippines

Jewelle Dela Cruz | Vice Chairperson of Anakbayan Los Angeles


Workshop Sneak Preview:


Chicken Adobo for the Soul: Cultivating Your Inner Strength to Make a Difference

Tiffany N. Rivera | M.S. Candidate – Counseling in Higher Education, Cal State Long Beach ‘16, YouTube Hostess/Writer – Dining At Tiffany’s, B.A. – UC San Diego ‘11


Leadership is Dead

Julius Alejandro | M.S. Organizational Leadership, National University

Nonprofit professional that works for MAAC/NCLR for economic development. Has started his own nonprofit the Emerging Leaders Institute in leadership training and career preparations.


What is Gender?

Kuya Ate Mentorship Program: Amanda Amorao Ph.D., John Camero, Marc Pescadera, Lily Prijoles

Community Organizing for Social Justice Through the Lens of Womyn of Color

Carmelita Salazar-Dodge’15 & Daniela Conde’15 | USD Ethnic Studies Department


Deconstructing The Colonial Mentality of Filipinos

Desmond Morente | SDSU/CGU Doctoral Candidate


Healing Through HeART: Cultivating Our Inner Babaylan

Sarah Lynn Miralles | M.A. Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University

PEP Skyline & City College of San Francisco Coordinator

Change the System & Not the Climate

Jewelle Dela Cruz


UniPro Intergenerational Empowerment (I-Gen) Panel

UniPro, Romyn Sabatchi, Julius Alejandro, Alicia Ricafrente, Anthony Deguzman


Peer Mentorship: How to Be a Leader through Listening

Ben Mendoza | 2nd year Graduate Assistant | Graduate Student in Higher Education Leadership

Jillian Payne | 1st year Graduate Assistant | Graduate Student in Higher Education Leadership


Finding Your Inner Voice to Take Action

Rainbow Educators | Sarah Molitoris, Ruthie Inacay, and Julia Francone


Level Playing Field – Large Group Activity

Dr. Greg Prieto | USD Sociology DepartmentMore Information