Established in 2001, Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP) is a teaching pipeline and a space for the development of critical Filipina/o American curriculum and research. PEP is dually located in the academy and in the community. As a program of San Francisco State University’s Asian American Studies Department in the College of Ethnic Studies , PEP partners with San Francisco public schools and the Filipino Community Center located in the Excelsior neighborhood of San Francisco and is fiscally sponsored by the Filipina American Development Foundation located in the South of Market at the Bayanihan Center . PEP’s teaching pipeline connects San Francisco State University upper division undergraduates and graduate students who have an interest in pursuing careers in the field of education, with community college, high school, middle school, and elementary school students who are primarily from low-income backgrounds. One of the main objectives for the PEP Program is to reach out to the students who are underperforming their potential to provide them the support and opportunities necessary to achieve their goals.
PEP practices teaching philosophies that include:
• epistemological pedagogy
• visual arts/media literacy
• barangay/bayanihan/community building pedagogy
• critical performance pedagogy/critical cultural production
• social justice education
• dialogical/interactive pedagogy
• service learning and learning service
• critical race pedagogy
• decolonizing pedagogy
PEP practices these pedagogies by implementing an engaging and critical cultural curriculum that focuses on Filipina/o American studies (including introducing the students to Filipina/o literature, dancing and the arts), one-on-one mentoring, college counseling, and critical leadership /self-determination training. Along with our programmatic goals to teach and serve youth, PEP is a space where teachers, students, community, and scholars can collaborate to develop and study critical Filipina/o American studies, curriculum, and research.