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Hi, I’m Kirin Macapugay

My students call me Professor Mac. 
I am a proud community college professor, trustee to the community college district I attended more than 20 years ago, community organizer, Indigenous Person, and mother. I hold family, community, and culture close to my heart. 
 
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02_My Students 

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Working alongside my community 

Professor and Program Director for the Program for Engaged Educational Resources,

San Diego City College

Vice President and Trustee

Southwestern Community College District

Commissioner, Vice Chair, Higher Education Committee

California Commission on Asian Pacific Islander American Affairs

Advisor

Asian Pacific Islander Advisory to the Office of the City of San Diego Mayor

Founder, and Executive Director

Asian Pacific Islander Community Actions

Co-Founder

IKAT: Indigenous Knowledge, Art, Truth

Chair

Made in Paradise Hills

Advisor

 Peoples Collective for Justice and Liberation

Steering Committee Member

FIERCE: Filipinx Igniting Engagmement for Re-Imagining and Collective Em(power)ment

Past Founding Board Member

San Diego Asian Pacific Islander Coalition

Mentor, San Diego Leadership Alliance

50 Most Influential Asians in San Diego

San Diego Business Journal, 2022

Civic Excellence Leadership Award

 Asian Pacific American Coalition, 2022

"Woman who Inspires US,"

San Diego Magazine, 2021 

Civil Rights Woman Leader,

 RISE San Diego, 2015

Women of Influence,

Connected Women of Influence, 2015 

Nonprofit Leadership Award,

Asian Pacific American Coalition, 2014

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04_ADVOCACY AND CIVICS

Doctorate of Social Work I University of Southern California, anticipated completion, 2024
MSW I San Diego State University, 2002
BA Psychology I San Diego State University, 2000
Certificate, Indigenous Peoples Rights I Columbia X, 2020

06_EDUCATION

Social Work & Human Services

Community Organizing & Social Justice

Civic Engagement and Policy 

Indigenous Igorot Culture and Tradition and the Fil-Am Community

08_SUBJECT MATTERS

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09_COMMUNITY FORUMS

PUBLICATIONS 

Introduction to Social Work, Macapugay, K., 2019, Cognella Publishing

"Paradise Hills, 1994," Reclaiming our Stories, Alexander, R. et al., 2020, Cityworks Press 

 "Empowering Igorot Youth," Impower You, Leah Oviedo; Amazon Publishing

"Paradise Hills," The Pilipinx Radical Imagination Reader, Nievera-Lozano and Santa Ana; 2019, PAWA

"Empowerment," Representation over Visibility, Alfredo Leano; 2019, Amazon Publishing

MEDIA 

Kirin has been featured and appeared in:

PBS

KPBS San Diego

KGTV 10 News

CBS 8

Fox 5

The Filipino Channel 

Adobo Nation

ABS-CBN

San Diego Union Tribune

Asian Journal

Voyager San Diego Magazine

This Filipino American Life Podcast

Yellow Ranger Podcast

Filipino Press

Alliance for California Traditional Arts

National Association of Social Workers

For speaking engagements or to just say hi,

email me at:

professorkmac@gmail.com

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10_PARADISE HILLS ASSETS