University Folklorico Summit UFS 2016: Leaders Today to Create Legacies Tomorrow
UFS 2016 will take place at San Jose State University on February 19-21 and is being hosted by Grupo Folklorico Luna y Sol de San Jose State. The organizing committee is proud to announce the participation of Ron P. Muriera as the workshop presenter on “Folklórico—A Cultural Empowerment Pathway”. This presentation will explore the ways folklórico has played a role in Chicano/Latino identity.
For the last 20 years, Ron P. Muriera has integrated his diverse experiences and knowledge as an arts administrator, educator, historian, consultant, performing artist, community activist, and an advocate for children, youth and families into his current calling serving communities in the San Francisco Bay Area, California and the nation. Ron has dedicated his life focusing on issues of social and economic justice, arts and culture, and educational equity. His life’s mission is to create a healthier, better educated and more equitable society. Ron partners with school districts, non-profit community-based organizations, faith institutions and universities & colleges to improve their effectiveness, expand their services, and target their resources to better serve their communities.
Among his many involvements in the community, Ron volunteers his time and serves on several advisory boards and commissions:
•Arts Commissioner, City of San José Arts Commission
•Organizer, Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, Santa Clara County
•Vice President, California History Center and Foundation Board of Trustees, De Anza College
•National Trustee and Santa Clara Valley Chapter President, Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS)
•Advisory Board Member, History San José
•Advisory Board Member, San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival
•Advisory Council, Center for Asian American Media, CAAM FilmFest San José
•Advisory Council, Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) for Mission College and De Anza College
Ron resides in San José, California with his wife Gina Padilla Muriera, and their two children: 4 year-old daughter Francesca and 22 month old son Leonardo.
Registration for UFS 2016 is open to all leaders of high-school, college and university folklorico groups throughout the nation.
The University Folklorico Summit (UFS), an initiative of Danzantes Unidos, is a three-day leadership and cultural arts conference designed for collegiate folklorico groups. UFS provides a forum for university folklorico group leaders to meet, share their best practices, and strategize for their communities.