Speakers and Performers


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Ruby Ibarra

GUEST PERFORMER

San Lorenzo, CA | she/her/hers

Ruby Ibarra is a Filipina American rapper, record producer, and spoken word artist from San Lorenzo, California. Rapping in both Tagalog and English, her songs concern her cultural heritage and her experiences as an immigrant to the United States from the Philippines.


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Mike Bow

GUEST SPEAKER

Los Angeles, CA | he/him/his

Mike Bow is the actor and content creator behind the Youtube channel MikeBowShow, which includes comedic sketches about various Asian American topics such as fashion, anime, superheroes, and APA empowerment. His acting credits include The Maze Runner, How To Get Away With Murder (ABC), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), and SWAT (CBS). He hopes to one day be the first Asian American Superhero lead and continue to play roles that break Asian stereotypes.


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Jess X Snow

GUEST SPEAKER - Film: AFTEREARTH

New York, NY | she/they

Jess X. Snow is a queer migrant Asian Canadian filmmaker, public artist and pushcart-nominated poet. She is currently studying directing at the NYU Tisch School of The Arts. Snow uses magical realism mythology and science fiction as tools to explore the care for the body and land can look like in the queer migrant future. Her film and VR work has earned her grants and fellowships from the Tribeca Film Institute, and commissioned by Adobe, and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific Center. Her public art and political graphics have appeared on PBS Newshour, The LA Times, the Women’s March on Washington, NBC Asian America, in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress, and outdoor walls across the country. As a filmmaker, she directed AFTEREARTH (2017) an immersive documentary, and winner of Best Experimental Short Award at the Philly Asian American Film Festival which has screened as part of the official selection of Outfest Fusion, CAAMfest, among others. Snow’s works of art spans through several mediums, including film, large-scale murals, street art interventions, poetry, and youth art interventions. With her eclectic talents, Snow works toward a future where queer migrant people of color can see their communities represented in culture, from big screens to city walls.


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Dr. Dian Squire

GUEST SPEAKER

Flagstaff, AZ | he/him/his

Dr. Dian Squire is an Assistant Professor at Northern Arizona University in the Educational Psychology department, Counseling - Student Affairs program. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Squire was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Iowa State University, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Denver in the Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (in)Equality, and the Assistant Director of Orientation at the University of Maryland College Park.


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Patrick G. Lee

GUEST SPEAKER

New York, NY | he/they

Patrick G. Lee is a queer Korean American filmmaker who tells stories for and about LGBTQ people of color. Trained as a journalist, he believes in storytelling as a means to foster community resilience and move people to action. Lee is currently working on films about queer Asian history, LGBTQ self-representation, and Asian American coming out stories. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Mother Jones, ProPublica, CNN.com, and more. He helps produce a monthly Pan-Asian drag show in New York and his favorite snack is peanut butter.


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Dr. DJ Ida

GUEST SPEAKER

Denver, CO | she/her/hers

Dr. DJ Ida has over forty years of experience working with Asian American/Pacific Islander communities. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology and has taken a leadership role in establishing numerous organizations, including the Asian American Educational Opportunity Program at the University of Colorado, the Asian Pacific Development Center, a specialty mental health clinic in Denver and the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association, NAAPIMHA where she serves as Executive Director.


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Tavae Samuelu

GUEST SPEAKER

Los Angeles, CA | she/her/hers

Tavae Samuelu is the Executive Director of Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC). Samuele was born in Long Beach, California to a pastor from Leulumoega and a nurse from Saleimoa. She moved to the Bay to attend UC Berkeley, where she served as the Development Director for the RYSE Youth Center in Richmond and has since become a member of RYSE’s Board of Directors. she is a passionate advocate for Pacific Islanders and is committed to liberation for all.


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Quarter Past Two

STUDENT PERFORMANCE

Boca Raton, FL | they/them

In this hip new band, there’s exactly two and a quarter Filipinos. They’re all from Florida Atlantic University in South Florida. Kyth (pronounced like “lychee”) beatboxes and sings, not at the same time. Anthony and Kim use stringed instruments and sing. This group of musical friends was brought together by FAU Asian Student Union.


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OTHELIA JUMAPAO

STUDENT PERFORMER

Gainesville, FL | she/her/hers

Othelia Jumapao is a 4th year English major with an Asian American Studies minor at the University of Florida. She has been involved in the Asian American community through her leadership of Asian Kaleidoscope Month at UF. As a Pilipina American, she believes in the power of storytelling paired with community organizing as an effective means to build grassroots campaigns. The stories from her family inspire her to center the stories of communities of color. She performs spoken word in her free time because it gives marginalized voices a platform to explore identity in new and intimate ways.


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GEORGIA TECH NAZAAQAT

STUDENT PERFORMANCE

Atlanta, GA | she/her/hers

GT Nazaaqat is a pure Bollywood team that combines classic Bollywood songs with modern Bollywood moves. They are a group of girls from Georgia Tech in Atlanta that all shares and believes that dance can tell a story where words cannot.


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Bryant Lu

STUDENT PERFORMER

Jacksonville, FL | he/him/his

Bryant is a junior from the University of Central Florida studying finance. From Jacksonville, FL, he is a brother of Pi Delta Psi. Some of his hobbies include playing the piano, traveling, and meeting new people.


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TRASHCAT

STUDENT PERFORMANCE

Tallahassee, FL | they/them

Trash Cat is a rock band from Tallahassee, formed in 2016 under the leadership of Troy Nguyen. They have performed at SERCAAL 2016 and many Asian American Student Union events. Trash Cat aims to create an inclusive and carefree environment through the collective love of music.


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Knight’s Kahaani

STUDENT PERFORMANCE

Orlando, FL | they/them

Knight’s Kahaani is University of Central Florida’s fusion acapella team that blends both American and Indian musical themes.


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VERTAX DIABOLO

STUDENT PERFORMANCE

Gainesville, FL | they/them

Vertax is the University of Florida’s premier Chinese Diabolo Performance Group. They aim to display a unique aspect of traditional Chinese culture with a modern twist.