Dr. John Paul Catungal and the Kababayan Academic Mentorship Program receive the Antipode Foundation Scholar-Activist Project award

Congratulations to Dr. John Paul Catungal, ACAM faculty member, who has received (along with the Kababayan Academic Mentorship Program / KAMP) a Scholar-Activist Project award from the Antipode Foundation! Dr. Catungal’s and KAMP’s collaborative scholar-activist project will look at the organizing and community building work being done by Filipino-Canadians in response to the processes of educational abandonment experienced by Fil-Can youth.

Please see below for the press release.

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We are excited to announce that Dr. John Paul Catungal of UBC’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice and the Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies Program, and the Kababayan Academic Mentorship Program (KAMP) have been selected to receive one of six prestigious Antipode Foundation Scholar-Activist Project awards to pursue a community-academic research partnership titled “Mentorship as political practice”. This collaborative project will examine mentorship as a form of community building through which members of the Filipino-Canadian community in Greater Vancouver / Coast Salish territories respond to the disproportionately high rates of educational incompletion among Filipino-Canadian school-aged youth. The main goal of our upcoming research project is to encourage broad dialogue about Filipino-Canadian educational experiences, including the role of community-based ethno-specific organizing and social infrastructures in responses to the academic and social challenges faced by recently migrated youth from the Philippines.


This research partnership will be implemented over the course of the 2016-2017 school year. Along with KAMP and Dr. Catungal, the research team will include some past KAMP mentors, who will receive training as community researchers and analysts for the project. The project timeline will include a research project launch event that will also serve as an alumni reunion, weekend training sessions in research methods and analysis with the project team, data collection and analysis. The results of the project will be shared at a community research showcase towards the end of the project lifespan. We will also produce a website, research report outlining our findings, and a short video to be debuted at our showcase.


Dr. Catungal and the Directors of KAMP are eager to be co-creators in this participatory and community-led action research and dialogue. It is our hope that this research will deepen our understanding of mentorship and inform the foundations of how we situate and continue our community work in response to processes and effects of educational abandonment and its impacts on Filipino-Canadian youth.


Contact info:

Dr. John Paul Catungal, GRSJ Institute, UBC: catungal@mail.ubc.ca

Maureen Mendoza, Director, KAMP: info@kamp.education