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11th Annual Barrio Fiesta
Please join the Filipino Lawyers of Washington (FLOW) and Filipino Lawyers of Washington Foundation for the Eleventh Annual Barrio Fiesta, which brings together attorneys, judges, and community leaders to celebrate the year's achievements and to recognize individuals and organizations that have contributed significantly to our communities. This is also the premier fundraising event for the FLOW Foundation, which provides scholarships to law students. Support and donations over the past 10 years have resulted in more than a dozen scholarships being awarded to students from all of Washington’s law schools and beyond.
We are excited to be holding the event at the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) this year. we will be transforming the Northwest African American Museum into a magical venue for our Barrio Fiesta. The evening will feature an authentic Filipino buffet, cultural presentations, dancing, and a surprise or two.
Since its formation in 2008, FLOW has been dedicated to giving a voice to Filipino American attorneys on important legal issues in the State of Washington. Now, more than ever, it’s important that we use that voice so that our community may be heard. As such, we are proud to announce this year’s Barrio Fiesta’s “Stand Together”.
We are proud to announce this year’s keynote speaker, Professor Robyn Magalit Rodriguez.
Robyn Magalit Rodriguez earned her PhD in Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley and is currently professor and chair of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Davis. She is the first Filipina to serve in this role since its founding fifty years ago.
Rodriguez is also the founding director of the Carlos Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies, the first of its kind in the University of California system. The Center leads research, educational and community-engaged projects on the Filipino experience in the United States. One of the Center’s signature projects is the Welga! Digital Archive which houses oral histories, documents and other ephemera related to Filipinos’ contribution to California’s farmworker struggle, including the Delano grape strike of 1965 which led to the establishment of the United Farm Workers through the leadership of Larry Itliong, along with Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta and others. The Bulosan Center has collaborated with the Filipino American Educators Association of California to develop K-12 curriculum that draws from the archive. Even before the Bulosan Center’s formal establishment, Dr. Rodriguez, along with the Welga team has shared Filipino American history to thousands of people across the country. Its work is being slated to be featured on the Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Center’s website during Filipino American History Month 2019.
Dr. Rodriguez is a widely published scholar with an expertise in migration. Her writing has focused significantly on the Philippine labor diaspora but she also examines migration from a comparative perspective, particularly linking and relating the migration experiences of Asians and Latinos. Rodriguez’s first book, Migrants for Export: How the Philippine State Brokers Labor to the World (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010), received an honorable mention for best social science book by the Association for Asian American Studies. Additional books include a co-edited anthology (with Ulla Berg) Transnational Citizenship Across the Americas (New York: Routledge 2014), a co-authored book (with Pawan Dhingra), Asian America: Sociological and Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Polity, 2014). In 2017, she published, In Lady Liberty’s Shadow: Race and Immigration in New Jersey. This fall, she will be publishing her fifth book entitled, Filipino American Transnational Activism with Brill Press. Dr. Rodriguez is also at work co-editing a sixth book on Asian American activism. In addition to her books she has published over thirty academic and journalistic articles.