What originated as a conference in 1996 has now evolved into a non-profit student run organization that spans an entire region connecting 27 Member Schools throughout the Midwest & Beyond.
WHAT IS MAFA?
The MAFA organization stands for the "Midwest Association of Filipino-Americans." MAFA encompasses the many Filipino-American/Asian-American organizations in the Midwest, and the list of schools within the MAFA organization is only growing.
MAFA focuses on preserving our roots and cultivating the development of Filipino student organizations through various events such as the MAFA Picnic, Leadership Retreat, Spring Conference, and CwaC (Conference within a Conference).
The MAFA organization is widely renowned for its annual leadership conference, called the Midwest Filipino-American Summit (MFAS) as of 2012, which provides workshops, games, and team-building exercises that encourage people to discover their identities and become leaders of tomorrow.
A BRIEF LOOK AT MAFA HISTORY
The MAFA conference came into being as a concept in the Fall of 1995 by the Bayanihan Student Organization (BSO) at Marquette University. The members of BSO attended the Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue (FIND) Conference at the University of Virginia and the unity demonstrated at FIND inspired them to create a similar kind of gathering for Midwest Filipino Student Organizations. The first MAFA conference was held in March of 1996, which hosted 100 representatives from over nine universities across the Midwest.
Formed in 2008, MAFA as an organization is fairly new and the Midwest is eager to strengthen and expand our involvement in hopes of achieving bigger and better things!