Since 2000, the Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh, Inc. (FAAP) has been committed to providing a safe, friendly, and welcoming environment for all through our cultural, charitable, and educational activities. In furtherance of this mission, our members should uphold FAAP’s guiding principles, support the ethical behavior of others, and hold each other accountable for adhering to these principles.

Guiding Principles

Bayanihan Spirit and Hospitality | We are committed to cooperation and camaraderie, unselfishly caring for others and working for the common good. We are welcoming to all who come in friendship to our door and willingly share our repast and possessions.

Respect | We show respect for everyone, always courteous in word and demeanor, and are open to ideas and opposing points of view.

Non-discriminatory | We believe in the equality of all people, treating them with fairness and tolerance, and are accepting of their faith, politics, economic status, profession, education, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnicity.

Integrity, Transparency, and Accountability | We are virtuous and strive to practice our virtuous nature at home, in the workplace, and in the world at large. We strive to attain the highest standards of ethics, value dependability and justice, and are ever mindful that discussions and activities are conducted in a decent and forthright manner by taking responsibility for our actions and their consequences. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

Code of Conduct

The FAAP community expects that FAAP activities, events, and online forums:

  1. Are a safe and respectful environment for all participants, free from bullying and harassment. Relationships and conversations between participants should remain respectful, participatory, and productive.
  2. Promote accountability. Everyone takes responsibility for his or her own actions and their consequences.
  3. Are a place where members can fully express themselves without fear of being judged; and are accepting of faith, politics, economic status, profession, education, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnicity ourselves reflects on our moral compass.
  4. Presume the value of others. Everyone’s contributions have value. Encourage the FAAP community to listen as much as they speak.
  5. Respect privacy. The FAAP community is confidential with personal disclosures unless otherwise given permission to leave the bounds of the meeting room or digital forum.
  6. Build relationships and connections, respect FAAP and its members, and represent the
    organization well


The FAAP reserves the right to ask anyone in violation of these policies not to participate in FAAP activities,
events, and online forums.

Anti-Harassment Policy

The FAAP is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone regardless of affiliation, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, age, or religion. Anyone in violation of these policies may be expelled from FAAP activities, events, and digital forums, at the discretion of the event organizer or forum administrator.

We do not tolerate harassment in any form. Harassment includes but is not limited to: offensive and abusive verbal or written comments; actual or threatened violence toward any individual or group; deliberate intimidation; harassing photography or recording; inappropriate physical contact; unwarranted exclusion; patronizing language or action; conduct endangering the life, safety, health, or wellbeing of others; and
bullying or taking unfair advantage of any community member.

If an FAAP member engages in harassing behavior, the organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from FAAP activities, events, and digital forums.

If you are being bullied or harassed, notice that someone else is being bullied or harassed, or have any other concerns, you can email CONTACT@THEFAAP.ORG.

We value your membership and hope that by communicating these expectations widely we can all enjoy a
harassment-free environment.

Ethics Oath

As a member of FAAP and a participant in its programs I understand that I am expected to observe FAAP’s Code of Conduct and Anti-Harassment Policy, and I may be subject to discipline, up to and including removal from FAAP or any FAAP activity, event, and online forum, if I violate any of these rules.