The Filipino American Educators Association of San Diego County (FILAMEDA) was founded in 1974 by a small, yet visionary, group of educators working in the San Diego Unified School District who focused on the hiring and professional development of Filipino teachers. Over time, the scope of the organization expanded to include the promotion of Philippine history and culture, and the implementation of multicultural and bilingual classrooms.
In recent years, FILAMEDA has broadened its priorities to be inclusive of the needs of its K-12 and higher education members. In addition, FILAMEDA has continued to demonstrate its dynamic, visionary leadership and effectiveness as an educational advocate and agent of change locally, statewide, nationally, and on a global scale.
Such noteworthy efforts include FILAMEDA’s leadership in the historic passage of California Assembly Bill 420 (Filipino CSET) and of the Filipino Language Movement (FiLM); the hosting of three Filipino American K-16 Education Summits; sponsoring a Leadership Symposium for the Filipino American Educators Association of California (FAEAC), which incorporated the first-ever Candidates Forum for the Southwestern Community College Board and the Chula Vista Elementary School Board sponsored by Filipino American organizations; the global efforts of Philippines 2007 and 2009: Transcending Educational Borders; the launch of its higher education Scholar & Author Series; and the expanding of its annual scholarships to provide financial assistance to both high school and college students.
In the near future, FILAMEDA will lead in the advocacy efforts to expand Filipino Language and Culture classes on the east coast on behalf of FAEAC.