The University of the Philippines Alumni Association of Michigan (UPAAM) and the Philippine American Cultural Center of Michigan (PACCM) dedicated recently a Paaralan Pilipino classroom to the memory of the late Alma Ambrosio Chand, a long-time community leader.
Alma died on April 24, 2016, distinguishing herself with her long history of community projects and endeavors.
After finishing her graduate degree in social work, Alma taught community medicine at Wayne State University and worked as development officer at Southwest Community Mental Health (now known as Southwest Solutions in Detroit), where she raised funds from federal, state and local governments for community projects.
A dedicated fighter for justice, Alma led the Michigan delegation of community leaders who participated in NaFFAAA’s (National Federation of Filipino American Associations in America) demonstrations in front of the U.S. Congress to ask for equity for aging Filipino veterans.
As an advocate for women’s rights, she joined the Michigan delegation to the 1995 World Conference on Women in Beijing. She was involved in many community and charitable activities, including Habitat for Humanity and Gawad Kalinga, building homes in the Philippines for the poor.
Alma Chand was president of UPAAM from 1987-1989. She played an active role in the formulation of the original constitution of the Philippine American Foundation and the first major revisions of the Filipino American Community Council (FILAMCCO) constitution.
She established the Michigan chapter of NAFAAA and formed the Filipino American Political Association of Michigan serving as its first president.