Filipinx dance artist and activist Jay Carlon performed an excerpt from their work “Wake” at Scripps College’s Richardson Dance Studio on Nov. 8. “Wake” is a queer post-colonial reimagination of Bisaya rituals for grieving and healing, inspired by Filipinx traditions. Carlon, who sees dance as a tool for liberation, choreographed the piece as an exploration of individual and collective grief during the COVID-19 pandemic. Carlon envisions future performances in spaces designed for queer audiences, emphasizing the importance of creating a world that suits the needs of marginalized communities.
The Tagalog language table at Pomona College’s Oldenborg dining hall, which stopped operations in 2020, was revived in October following student organizing supported by the Filipinx-American Student Association (Kasama). Originally established in 2013, the language table provides a vital space for Filipinx students and staff to improve their Tagalog skills, connect and build community. Student leaders are advocating for the introduction of Tagalog courses and seeking to further improve Southeast Asian representation at the 7Cs.