Director: Robyn Rodriguez Rodriguez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Asian American Studies at UC Davis. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology in 2005 UC, Berkeley. Dr. Rodriguez publishes extensively on the topic of Filipino migration and has worked as an activist and advocate for Philippine and Filipino immigrant concerns over the past fifteen years.
Archivist: Allan Jason Sarmiento has a M.A. in Public History from California State University, Sacramento. Born into an Air Force family, Allan moved around the world for four years at a time, witnessing various cultures and histories. Seeing the world at an early age gave Jason a great appreciation for history, and inspired him to pursue a career in the history field. After receiving a Bachelors of Arts in History, he entered the Public History program to emphasize in archival preservation and records management. Jason interned at several archives in the Sacramento region, such as the Yolo County Archives, Center for Sacramento History, and the California State Archives. On August 2014, He received the Harold T. Pinkett Minority Student Award from the Society of American Archivists, which recognizes and acknowledges minority graduate students, such as those of African, Asian, Latino or Native American descent, who, through scholastic and personal achievement, manifest an interest in becoming professional archivists.
Videographer: Glenn Aquino has worked on several community-based projects film and video projects and is being formally trained in film production and editing through the San Francisco State University Film Department. Most recently, he served on the Resource Outreach Committee for the Liwanag Kultural Center based in Daly City. Prior to his work with the center, he was the Student Board Member for the Filipino Community Mural Committee at SF State. The mural was the first Filipino mural in CSU system. Mr. Aquino grew up in the Central Valley in Orosi, CA. His closest family members have worked and continue to work as farm laborers. His videography skills and work in the arts in the Filipino community make him a prime candidate for this position.
Humanities Advisor: Greg Morozumi is a long-time Asian American activist whose political work began as a child in the early 60s when he attended Civil Rights demos, farmworker support and anti-War marches. He now serves as the Executive Director of the Eastside Arts Alliance in Oakland, CA which uses the voice of art and culture to nurture a genuinely multi-cultural community that benefits all people in the neighborhood and provides creative opportunities for youth and adults to share their own cultural traditions and innovations. Eastside presents community workshops, events, and festivals at which individuals learn to use the arts as a way to identify and express their views on issues which affect their lives, as well as the life and health of the community they live in. Eastside Arts has a sizeable collection of ephemera related to the strike that will be archived.
Past Staff and Interns