The Philippine Academic Association (PAA) Northeast is an informal network of Filipino-Americans in higher education in the Northeast US. Northeast includes the states under the jurisdiction of the Philippine Consulate General of New York: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. It was launched in 2 March 2019 at the official residence of the Consul General in New York City. PAA aims to build a self-organized community of faculty, scholars and administrators promoting mutual support and information sharing. Read 2019 press release.
Statement on Anti-Asian American Violence: The steering committee of the Philippine Academic Association - Northeast decries the rise in anti-Asian American violence and discrimination. The killings of eight people, six of whom were Asian American women, on March 16th is the most recent attack on our community following the violent attacks on Noel Quintana, Vicha Ratanapakdee, Angelo Quinto, Lee-Lee Chin Yeung, Vilma Kari and thousands more since 2020. As a committee that serves within an organization aiming to build community and mutual support among Filipino Americans in higher education, we want to affirm our solidarity with the broader Asian American community and anti-racist activists who are currently protesting against anti-Asian American violence. We are committed to standing against the racism, sexism, and xenophobia that characterize anti-Asian violence. (Released 23 March 2021, updated 31 March 2021)
March 2019 Brunch: 16 Filipino-American members of the academe from 14 universities/academic institutions in the US Northeast were hosted by then Philippine Consul General of New York Claro Cristobal, who initially conceived of the network. Those present agreed to organize; 5 faculty of different academic ranks and disciplines volunteered to be part of an ad hoc Steering Committee
Summer 2019: The Steering Committee met regarding the organization's future agenda at St. John's University in May (hosted by President Conrado Gempesaw, who acts as an advisor to the Steering Committee), and then in August hosted by then Consul General Cristobal at the Philippine Consulate, New York.
Sept. 2019 Brunch: 16 members of the academe from 15 universities/academic institutions met at the residence of then Consul General of NY Claro Cristobal to to identify goals and ways to achieve them. Formal adoption of group's name Philippine Academic Association - Northeast (PAA-Northeast).
Spring-Summer 2020: Steering Committee met monthly to reassess future agenda in a time of Covid19
14 November 2020 Virtual Brunch: 29 members of the academe from 20 universities/academic institutions gathered on Zoom to prioritize goals, welcome new members, identify new initiatives as well as meet then new Philippine Consul General of New York, Amb. Petronila Garcia. Meeting consensus: focus on mentoring among members at all levels of academia/higher education. Website paane.org launched.
Read 2020 press release
27 February 2021 Virtual Brunch: 17 members from 15 universities/academic institutions met to discuss mentoring, social media and future leadership initiatives. Website logo adopted. Survey on mentoring previewed (to be launched Spring-Summer 2021).
23 March 2021 Statement on Anti-Asian American Violence: Steering committee drafted statement on Anti-Asian American violence on behalf of PAA Northeast Members and in solidarity with other academic associations in North America. Disseminated on PAA Northeast website and new social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook.
13 November 2021 Virtual Brunch: 13 members gathered to meet the new Philippine Consul General of New York Elmer Cato, welcome three new Steering Committee volunteers (Jen Samson, Elmer Mojica & Noel Pangilinan) and thank Tito Cruz, Jen Delfino and Cheree Quizon who are cycling off while remaining active members of the larger body. Members currently at 51 representing more than 40 academic institutions in the Northeast US.
Rae Jereza, University at Binghamton, SUNY
Evangeline Manjares, Nassau Community College
Elmer Mojica, Pace University
Noel Pangilinan, College of Mount Saint Vincent
Jennifer Samson, Hunter College, CUNY
Emilia Zarco, Adelphi University
Faustino Cruz (Fordham), Jennifer Delfino (CUNY-BMCC), Rae Jereza (SUNY-Binghamton), Evangeline Manjares (Nassau), Cherubim Quizon (Seton Hall), Emilia Zarco (Adelphi)
Network: Participants' Institutions
Baruch College, CUNY
Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY
Graduate Center, CUNY
Hunter College, CUNY
College of Mount Saint Vincent
Columbia University-NY Presbyterian
Cornell University-Weill Cornell Medical College
Fashion Institute of Technology
John Jay College, CUNY
Nassau Community College
New York City Department of Education
The New School
New York University
St John's University
University at Albany, SUNY
University at Binghamton, SUNY
Bergen Community College
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Seton Hall University
St Peter's University
The Filipino School of NY/NJ
Iskwelahang Pilipino of Boston
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Massachusetts-Boston
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
University of Massachusetts-Medical School
Weymouth Public Schools
Roger Williams University
University of Rhode Island
Members: By Surname & Affiliation
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