Get to Know PTSP
In 1995, graduate student Allyson Tintiangco Cubales and Samahang Pilipino Education and Retention (SPEAR) Project Director Dawn Mabalon began a dialogue on their transfer student experiences as undergraduates. They realized that many transfer students within Samahang Pilipino, the main Pilipinx organization on campus, experienced loneliness and alienation. Allyson and Dawn also realized that the transfer rates at UCLA were incredibly low and began to talk about ways they could change these issues. In the fall of 1995, Allyson and Dawn co-taught a class that focused on researching Pilipino transfer issues as a part of Allyson's dissertation: the students within this first class then created PTSP - the beginnings of the organization we see today. In 1996, PTSP became an independent UCLA student organization founded on the 3 Rs: Recruitment, Retention, and Research.
PTSP’s mission is to establish a community of Pilipnx transfers and allies that eases the transition to UCLA by offering resources, cultural growth, and addressing transfer issues.
PTSP’s vision is to holistically develop Pilipinx-identifying transfer students and allies by increasing awareness of transfer issues and providing a support system that extends beyond their time at UCLA.