MULTICULTURAL UNITY Panelists
DR. Third Andresen
Dr. Third Andresen has been involved in community organization in the Filipino American community for 20 years. He developed and taught classes in the American Ethnic Studies and Comparative History of Ideas departments at the University of Washington, and has led various study broad programs. He's also organized Northwest Filipino American Student Alliance Conferences and chaired the Filipino American National Historical Society National Conference in Seattle. Third is committed to promoting civic engagement within Filipino American youth.
Born in the Philippines and raised in Washington, Chera has been involved in many community organizations such as Isangmahal (an arts collective of API spoken word and multi-media artists) and Philippine US Solidarity Organization (PUSO). She also helped found the Filipina progressive organization Gabriela Seattle. Chera later served as a board member of the Filipino Community of Seattle from 2009 - 2013. After many years of involvement with community organizations, and working for non-profits in youth development and education, she and her husband decided to host a monthly pop-up restaurant, Food & Sh*t, which showcases modern Filipino cuisine in Sept 2013. This side project branched out to a business when they opened up Hood Famous Bakeshop in November 2014, where Chera brings community together around food and utilizes our taste buds to express culture. Most recently, Chera and her husband received the 2015 Visionary Leadership Award from Northwest Asian Weekly for their pop up, and the 2016 International Examiners Readers Choice Award - Best Desserts for Hood Famous Bakeshop.
Lovely Frances Domingo is a Manila-born, Hawaii-raised, Seattle transplant who has worked within the realm of information science, community building through technology literacy, and leadership development in youth for the past 12 years. In 2009, she worked as the Recreational Technology Program Lead for the South Park Community, where she developed a program combining sports with industry-relevant technology workshops to encourage academic excellence and college readiness among disadvantaged youth. Currently, she works at the UW Information School and is a core member of STEM Paths, a small start-up which provides STEM+Arts and leadership programming.
John Eklof is a poet, educator, and community organizer from Lakewood, Washington, and is currently a graduate student at the University of Washington studying Multicultural Education. John is dedicated to uplifting his community both economically and politically, traveling all over the US to speak on subjects such as social justice, building personal success, and unifying the millennial generation into changing our world. He has even guest lectured on many college campuses from UW all the way to South Seattle College and has contributed his writing to the International Examiner. Earlier this year, John released his first full length spoken word album, "The End of the Beginning": part spoken word poetry, part hip-hop album, part oratory, part sci-fi, fully political. The album is a journey from start to finish that runs like a 21-minute short film.
King County Councilmember Larry Gossett has been a dedicated servant of the people for over 45 years. A member of Seattle's Gang of Four, Gossett is an advocate for programs reducing racial and class disparities in our local justice system, and has spearheaded efforts to eliminate self-hatred in disenfranchised populations. Gossett is a dynamic speaker, prolific writer, administrator and political activist who's dedicated to the cause of equal rights and economic freedom for all.
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