Professor Profiles

Banaue Miclat-Janssen
Banaue Miclat-Janssen
Philippine Visual and Performing Arts

Banaue Miclat-Janssen has an MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York (BC-CUNY) and a BA Theater Arts degree from University of the Philippines, Diliman.

She has been a professional performer for the past 21 years, and a passionate teacher for the past 4 years. Banaue currently teaches at the Ateneo de Manila University. She is excited give back to both the community and her country through teaching a course on Philippine Visual and Performing Arts for Casa Bayanihan.



Gino TrinidadGino Trinidad
Philippine Politics and Governance

Gino Antonio P. Trinidad obtained both his MA Global Politics and AB Political Science degrees from Ateneo de Manila University.  He is currently a Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, Ateneo de Manila University, and has taught undergraduate courses in Politics and Governance, Introduction to Political Science, International Political Economy, and Politics and Development (as adjunct faculty of the Development Studies Program), and a graduate course on Religion and Politics.  He is a volunteer of Pathways to Higher Education, where back in his days in college he served as the Principal of its student arm, Alay Ni Ignacio, which is a summer school program catering to deserving yet underprivileged high school students from partner schools in Marikina and Quezon City.  What Gino really enjoys about teaching political science is listening to students' critical opinions/analyses about contemporary socioeconomic-political realities, which serve as foundations for alternative ways of thinking and acting.      



Jomar EmpaynadoJomar Empaynado
Filipino for Foreign Students: Introduction to Philippine Culture Through Immersion

“Teaching Filipino for non-native speakers and heritage learners is indeed difficult yet worthy especially when you see students starting to utter basic words, then learning how to form simple phrases and basic sentences, and confidently engaging in challenging discourses while exploring how Filipino language operates within the culture. As a language teacher, the astounding phenomenon of second language acquisition inspires me to teach passionately and not to stop from unfolding the ambiguity and nuances of the Filipino language. And now, Casa Bayanihan is another opportunity to bridge the gap between theory and practice.”

 Jomar obtained his Bachelor of Secondary Education in Filipino (2006) and Master of Arts in Filipino Language Teaching (2009) from the Philippine Normal University-Manila respectively. He is currently taking-up Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. He participated at the International Conference on Filipino as Global Language and presented his research titled “Language Behavior Sketch of Filipino Students: An Approach in Revisiting Language Policy Implementation in Education”. From 2010-2013, he worked as Senior Language Researcher then appointed Officer-in-charge of the Information and Publication Division at the Commission on the Filipino Language, the sole government agency under the Office of the President mandated to promote and conduct researches for further enrichment and development of Philippine Languages. In May 2013, he joined the faculty of the Department of Filipino at Ateneo De Manila University as Lecturer and currently teaching Filipino for Non-Filipino Speakers, a course for foreign students ¾ and for ‘hyphenated’ Filipino student as well.


Grace Carlson
Grace Salceanu 
Engaging Reality: Accompaniment and Community

As an undergraduate, Grace studied Anthropology and Theology at Fordham University and participated in Casa de la Solidaridad in El Salvador. She completed her Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Education at Santa Clara University. Currently, Grace co-directs Casa Bayanihan and is also privileged to facilitate the Praxis Seminar, a space where students can reflect upon and process their experience in communities. She most enjoys listening to students discover incredible depth from seemingly ordinary moments.



Mark Ravizza
Mark Ravizza
Mysteries of God: Suffering, Solidarity and God

An associate professor of philosophy at Santa Clara University, Mark serves as Director of Mission and Ministry at Casa Bayanihan. He has taught or worked in El Salvador, the Philippines, Mexico, and Canada. He also is the author of several books and is a senior fellow of the Bannan Institute for Jesuit Education and Christian Values at Santa Clara University. Mark has degrees in philosophy and engineering from Stanford and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale.