Kamalayan Kollective

Directed Group Studies

We strive to raise awareness about issues that affect the Pinay/Pinoy, Pilipina/o, Pilipina/o American communities, and other marginalized and underserved communities.  With a lack of Pilipina/o classes and resources available on campus, students of Kamalayan Kollective saw a need for these courses.  The following are examples of just 2 student-run Directed Group Studies classes that were created by students and were taken for UCSD credit.

ETHN 198, Pinayism Class: Discovering and Reclaiming the P/Filipina Voice
Spring 2005, Winter 2007

Mission Statement/Purpose:

Seeking to provide an education which escapes the “banking” of knowledge, an educational practice which “treats” students as objects of assistance, this class will place emphasis on a “problem posing” education as well as “praxis.” “Problem posing” which is centered around dialogue and “bases its self on creativity and stimulates true reflections and action upon reality” (Paulo Fiere – Pedagogy of the Oppressed) will aid students in answering the questions: What does it means to be Pinay today? How does being Pinay shape individual and collective experiences with Pinoys as well as other women, people of color, and dominant society?

Within Pinayism: Discovering and Reclaiming the F/Pilipina Voice, students will analyze, reflect, and dialogue about texts, poetry, films, guest lectures, and personal and group experiences to come to a better understanding of individual and collective Pinay experiences and their relativity to the other experiences of various communities. Students will then use this knowledge to put practice into action -praxis- by organizing various Pinay gatherings/celebration days during the quarter.


  • To participate in an education rooted in praxis through the participation in various Pinay gatherings/celebration days organized by the class
  • Encourage solidarity through planning/attending Pinay gatherings throughout the  quarter
  • Explore the concept of Pinayism, defined by Allyson Titiangco-Cubales as “the complexity of the intersections where race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, spirituality/religion, educational status, age, and place of birth” and its relation to our individual and collective lived experiences
  • Compare and contrast the experiences of Pinays to other women of color
  • Connect to Pinays on a local/global level
  • Give hope to make change
  • Provide a safe space for honest dialogue and personal/group growth

LTCS 198: Performing Pilipina/o American Identity
Spring 2007

This Directed Group Studies course will investigate the experiences of Pilipina/o Americans with respect to performance.  Through the close analysis of fiction, poetry, drama, theoretical texts, music, film, the growing phenomenon of Pilipino Cultural Nights, and our personal experiences we will develop a common vocabulary to broaden the discussions and implicate the notions of performance and Pilipina/o American identity.  We will recognize that our relationship with and understanding of the theoretical texts is extremely dependent upon our personal narratives.  Our inquiry into the literary and performance arts is by no means a limitation to the possibilities of this topic.  To engage in the material, we will explore various forms of artistic expression including but not limited to: creative writing, visual art, performance art.  In this course, we will recognize the importance of both critical and creative inquiry when confronting the issues of identity, community and representation.


Written by thekamalayankollective

November 2, 2009 at 6:15 am

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