USD’s Filipino Ugnayan Student Organization was founded, among many other things, as a social justice organization. With the creation of the Community Liaison position, FUSO took a step towards realizing this aspect of its identity.
A long-time medium for University of San Diego students to explore Filipino culture, history, and identity, FUSO found it necessary to connect its members to the larger community and its resources beyond the walls of the university. As “ugnayan” means to link, a bridge needed to be built. Thus the Ugnayan Conference series was born in November 2011, with the Community Liaison as its Chair.
1st Annual Ugnayan Conference (Fall 2011)
Community Liaison: Christopher Arcitio
2nd Annual Ugnayan Conference (Spring 2013)
Community Liaison: Dominick Salas
3rd Annual Ugnayan Conference (Fall 2013)
Standing Together, Making the Change
Community Liaison: Jessette Cayton
4th Annual Ugnayan Conference (Fall 2014)
Visionary to Changemaker: Finding Your Voice
Community Liaison: Elley Berg
5th Annual Ugnayan Conference (Fall 2015)
Me + You = US
Community Liaison: Kristine Joy Leynes