by Jon Cana, ABS-CBN News
SEATTLE, WA — Connect, inspire, empower: this is the mission statement of TFCU, as it strives to engage with Filipino student organizations across North America.
The statement took life on Saturday, April 22nd, at TFCU’s latest talk at Seattle University in Washington.
More than 120 Fil-Am college students and community members gathered for talks given by TFCU’s featured speakers: bakeshop owner Chera Amlag, psychology professor Dr. Kevin Nadal, and Seattle Seahawk Doug Baldwin.
They shared advice for pursuing passions to the audience of mostly second generation Fil-Ams, which research shows experiences a disparity in achieving higher education, compared to their first generation counterparts.
A 2000 census revealed that 44 percent of foreign born Fil-Ams hold bachelor’s degrees, compared to just 31.5 percent of those born in the US.
“Look forward to learning as much as you possibly can because all that knowledge you’re going to get is going to set you up for what you want to accomplish down the road,” said Baldwin.
While each speaker shared their own take on the event’s theme — Live your Legacy — a common message rang through: be yourself.
“One of the things about living your legacy is living your life as honest as you can live, and being your authentic self,” said Amlag.
TFCU planned its Seattle talk in collaboration with Filipino organizations from Seattle University and the University of Washington, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
Beyond all the giveaways, perhaps the greatest takeaway for attendees was the opportunity to be connected, inspired, and empowered.
“That’s what we’re doing here, we’re making the presence known to the community around us; we’re not an invisible minority anymore,” said Jelwyn Agbayani from University of Washington FASA.
TFCU plans to continue its college tour along the West Coast for 2017, with future plans to expand to Filipino student organizations all across North America.