DR. ARLENE DAUS-MAGBUAL
Dr. Arlene Daus-Magbual is the Director for Asian American and Pacific Islander Student Services, Faculty Lecturer in Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University and the Director of Leadership Development for Pin@y Educational Partnerships. She is a community engaged mother scholar and her experiences include community-based organizing with youth and students, non-profit leadership development and higher education administration. Her research focuses on Ethnic Studies, Race, Anti- Asian Violence, Critical Leadership Praxis, Critical Pedagogy, Critical Race Parenting and Barangay Pedagogy. She received her bachelor’s degree in political science from UC Riverside, masters in Asian American Studies and doctorate in Educational Leadership from San Francisco State University.
DR. RODERICK DAUS-MAGBUAL
Dr. Roderick Raña Daus-Magbual is a Bay Area transplant via Riverside and Long Beach, CA. He received his BA in Liberal Studies from UC Riverside in 2000, his MA in Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University (SFSU) in 2004, and his Education Doctorate at the University of San Francisco (USF) in the Organization and Leadership (O&L) Program with a minor in the International Multicultural Education (IME) Program. Rod has served as a teacher, coordinator, and as the current Executive Director for the Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP).
He has had experience with various youth, student, and community organizations throughout California such as: the Asian Pacific Student Programs (APSP) at UC Riverside; Summer Program for Empowerment & Leadership (SPEL) sponsored by Search to Involve Pilipino Americans in Los Angeles; Festival of Filipino Arts & Culture (FPAC); Upward Bound Program (North) at Cal State Fullerton (CSUF); the Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC); and the Asian Youth Prevention Services at the Filipino Community Center (FCC) in San Francisco, CA.
In addition, Rod has taught education and Ethnic Studies courses at USF, UC Davis, Sonoma State University, City College of San Francisco (CCSF), SFSU, and at Skyline College where he teaches as an Ethnic Studies professor.
Rod is also involved in local politics in Daly City, CA. He served on the Library Board of Trustees, the Daly City Planning Commission, and was elected to City Council in 2018. He currently serves as a Councilmember.
He also enjoys playing, reading, cooking, and raising his daughter and son, Amianan and Razón, with his wife Arlene. Rod truly believes that understanding the history of your people, comes with the responsibility to act. He’s motivated by love and the pursuit for peace and social justice.
Verma Soria Zapanta is a mental health educator, holistic wellness practitioner, and proud #friscokid. Before delving into mental health and holistic wellness work, Verma was a high school Ethnic Studies History teacher in SFUSD, LAUSD, and taught/mentored graduate students in teacher education programs at UCLA and St. Mary’s College. Verma serves as one of the Program Coordinators at the Filipino Mental Health Initiative of San Francisco (FMHI-SF) and is the co-creator of the "Buong Loob: Filipinx Student Wellness Internship" and "Filipinx Student Wellbeing Conference: Youth Contingency Internship" programs.
ROSARIO S. MACAHILAS
Rosario S. Macahilas (she/siya) is a creative and introspective Pinay on Ramaytush Ohlone Land (San Francisco/Daly City, CA). She has been in PEP for five years — four years at Longfellow Elementary as a teacher and coordinator and currently PEP’s Administrative Coordinator. In and out of PEP, Rosario is figuring out ways to share and build her creativity while still being involved with the community. On her other time, you can find Rosario supporting the arts, trying new food and drink places, or at a farmers market.