University Scholars Leadership Symposium: A Participant’s Account

Mary Antonnette F. de Leon,  REDO Staff attended the week-long 2nd University Scholars Leadership Symposium (USLS)  held in Pattaya, Thailand. The symposium was organized by the Humanitarian Affairs United Kingdom. There were about 340 youth from all over the world who attended the Symposium.

The symposium had “The Power of Dreams” for its theme. It generally aimed to provide the participants with a better understandin

g of global poverty, humanitarian needs and sustainable development; and to equip them on how to organize and deliver humanitarian aid. 

Ms. De Leon shared that several activities were prepared by the organizers to achieve its objectives.  Aside from the networking sessions with delegates, the plenary and discussion sessions, and visits to some famous tourist spots, there were also visits to local institutions in Pattaya that gave delegates an opportunity to interact with its clients and staff.  The following were the topics discussed by the respective resource persons during the symposium:

  • School is Just a Dream, Ms. Geraldine Cox, Country Director and President, Sunrise Children Home, Cambodia
  • Rescuing the Sex Slave, Mr. Sompop Jantraka, Founder and Chief Advisor, Development & Education Programme for Daughters and Communities Centre Thailand
  • Super Hero, Mr. Anand Kumar, Founder, Super 30
  • Success the Magic Word, Dr. Wijaya Godakubura, President Safe Bottle Lamp Foundation, Sri Lanka
  • Peace on Earth, Dr. Wee Teck Young also known as Dr. Hakim, Founder, Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers
  • Ms. Thanaree Fungphinyophap, a spirited person with disability, shared her heart warming struggle to transcend her being differently abled.

Moreover, a number of delegates of the first USLS who have initiated humanitarian efforts were also given the opportunity to share their experiences with the delegates.

According to Ms. De Leon, one of the most enjoyable highlights of the Symposium was the Show Buzz the Musical World which was held on the last day. She said that the delegates were divided into 10 groups.  Each group gave their best shot in showcasing what they have learned through acting and singing to vie for the number one spot. As a reward, the group who won was given a significant discount for the next year’s USLS registration fee. She also shared that almost all delegates were very zealous in participating in the activities and were very satisfied with the result of the Symposium. They are looking forward to attend the next Symposium which is slated to be done in Bali, Indonesia.

Photo is from Ms. Francez Fernandez, also a USLS delegate.


30 Years of UPSARDFI Gathering

Along with the 44th Anniversary celebration of the UP College of Social Work and Community Development, the University of the Philippines Social Action and Research for Development Foundation Incorporated (UPSARDFI) on its 30th year held a simple get-together program organized by its interim Board of Trustees (BOT). The event with the theme: Looking Back and Moving Forward was held last August 20, 2011 at 1:00 to 3:00 pm in the UP CSWCD Library.

It was attended by more than 20 participants who are mostly alum

ni of the UP College of Social Work and Community Development and former and current faculty members, staff and friends of the College.

The program, started with a welcome remarks from Dr. Rosalinda Pineda-Ofreneo, Dean of UP CSWCD. It was then followed by a cheerful introduction of the participants. Then, Dr. Sylvia H. Guerrero, founding member, gave an overview of UPSARDFI i.e. its objectives, history, partners and projects undertaken.

Mr. Donato C. Endencia, UPSARDFI BOT Chair and Ms. Ines Pinat-Bagadion, UPSARDFI BOT member and UP CSWCD Alumni Association President gave a talk on the current plans and initiatives of the Foundation. Both emphasized that the current thrust of the Foundation is to give back service and to help the College and the nation through conduct of extension services and action researches, increase scholarship endowment for more beneficiaries among others.

A musical interlude was rendered by Prof. Justin Francis Leon V. Nicolas, UP CSWCD Alumni Association Board Member and UP CSWCD Department of Social Work (DSW) Faculty Member. He gave a soulful rendition of Joey Ayala’s Agila.

An open forum followed the presentations. Prof. Cayetano Santiago, Jr., former Faculty Member of UPSCWCD and UPSARDFI Donor formally closed the event. He left the participants with this valuable message: wealth should be measured by how much you give others and not what is kept.

Prof. Jocelyn T. Caragay, Faculty Member of the UP CSWCD DSW served as moderator for the event.

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Call for Abstracts

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CSWCD Thesis Grants

The Doctor in Social Development (DSD) Program of the UP College of Social Work and Community Development (UP-CSWCD) in collaboration with the Research Department of the Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Survivors (RCT), Denmark and the Balay Rehabilitation Center (Balay) are proud to announce the availability of four (4) Thesis grants starting the 2nd semester, 2011.

About the Scholarship Grants

Masters students currently enrolled in CSWCD, CSSP and other applied social science courses in UP Diliman can avail of thesis grants starting the 2nd semester, 2011-2012 for one year. The candidates’ dissertation must address issues related to violence, suffering and human rights in the Philippines. The proposed thesis topic will be one major criterion in the selection process that will be jointly conducted by UP-CSWCD, RCT and Balay (a Filipino service organization that advocates for human rights for marginalized groups). The scholarships aim to create a renewed, scholarly interest in issues of violence, suffering and human rights in the Philippines.

Successful candidates will benefit from the scholarship in several ways. They will

  • Be part of an interdisciplinary research group involving other students, NGOs and an international research institution.
  • Receive supervision from international researchers to help improve and finalize thesis work,
  • Receive a small grant and student allocation for data collection and field work
  • Participate in research and training workshops in the Philippines or abroad (to be determined)
  • Contribute through knowledge generation to alleviate suffering in the Philippines
  • Prepare for a future in research, scholarly or NGO work

Successful candidates are expected to

  • Work hard and complete their theses within one year
  • Participate in the research activities (discussion groups and seminars) of the research group
  • Interact with Balay Rehabilitation Center, RCT and CSWCD


  1. Currently enrolled in CSWCD, CSSP and other applied social science courses in UP Diliman, with at least a GWA of 1.75.
  2. Submit a completed application form with a cover letter, detailed CV with names, addresses and contact numbers of three referees (e-mail addresses), and certified copies of degrees/ diplomas.
  3. Submit a brief research proposal (based on thesis topic) related to “violence, suffering and human rights in the Philippines”, including brief theoretical and methodological considerations (not exceeding two pages).
  4. Recommendation letter from the thesis adviser/ program adviser.

Application form for the Thesis Grant are availble at the Student Records Office, UP-CSWCD. Further information can be obtained from,, and Applicants can also contact Ma. Theresa Tungpalan, DSD Program Director  (, Aleli B. Bawagan, CSWCD Secretary (,  and Steffen Jensen, RCT Senior researcher ( for other information. Send your application to the Students Records Office of UP-CSWCD. All documents must also be submitted electronically to the CSWCD Secretary and Dr. Jensen of RCT.

Deadline for application: 15 January 2012


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