Akbayan SJSU was founded on three pillars: Social, Community and Political Affairs, and Cultural with the addition of Academics in 2015. With the fours pillars, the organization strives to give our members an opportunity to learn about the Pilipinx culture, develop a sense of community, achieve academic excellence, and embrace in friendship.
Wassup Akbayan! My name is Darren Olay from the 707 and I am Akbayan’s Academic Chair for the 2017-2018 year. I am a Supreme Intern, a father of three… fishes, and a proud Kuya in Marvel fam. Just a little bit about me if we haven’t become friends already, I love fashion, food, and fun with friends. Those all start with F, but I hope you all strive for A’s throughout your college career. I try my best to match my shoes with my every day fit, eat Jack in the Box at least once a week (I know that’s bad), and spend quality time with my adings, honoraries, and those who mean the most to me. As your Academic Chair, I promote and instill academic excellence throughout the entire organization. With my position, I am also responsible for being a resource to all regarding your overall health and well being and all that relates to being a college student. Through Akbayan, I hope you learn about your culture, make long-lasting friendship, develop a community, and realize your full potential as a student. Take care and catch you around!
community & Political Affairs
Hey, what’s up. I’m Kat! My full name is Kathrine Victoia Garcia. I am this year’s Community and Political Affairs chair. I’m from Union City, aka the 510, a second year CHAD major, a libra in Legendary fam, and Limitless Intern ‘16-17. I have a huge love for dogs, boba, anime, kpop/kr&b, old school r&b, drawing, and dance. My favorite color is teal. I enjoy eating and going on spontaneous adventures. I tend to wear a knee brace a lot. I’ve been an Emmaus leader for St. Anne’s Peer Ministry for about 5 years now. I have always appreciated my community, whether it be my church, school, or akbayan. Because of that, I shadowed and continued to be copo’s forever shadow. Being apart of a community has it’s ups and downs, but that’s what makes us a community. We have to learn to work together. It means being apart of something bigger than yourself, being apart of group of people who have the same goal as you and support will eachother to the best of their abilities. But, copo isn’t just about the community. What most people forget is the “political affairs” aspect. Through Akbayan I was able to see the insights of the political issues within our community. The issues we hear/read about are happening right now. These issues won’t just disappear over night, so we have to stand our ground and fight for what we believe in because this is our community. My experience in akbayan has also build me into the person I am today and has allowed me to create friendships and reconnect with those I’ve lost contact with throughout the years. It’s provided me with many opportunities, unforgettable memories, and a home to always come back to.
Heyyyyyy! My name's Camille Kae Valerio, I’m a 2nd year Business major, a Libra, a proud member of Venture Fam, a Limitless Intern (‘16-’17) and the 2017-2018 Cultural Chair! My favorite color is lavender and I really love to dance whether it be modern hip hop or cultural dance. I also really love pugs and pineapples. As Cultural Chair I love being able to teach the people around me what I learn about the Pilipinx culture and its history. Growing up, I wasn't very aware of all the different aspects of my culture such as its myths, or the different suits of Pilipinx Cultural dance, so I do my best to research and educate myself so I can share it with others. Being apart of Akbayan has not only given me the opportunity to make so many new friends, but has motivated me to learn more about what it means to be Pilipinx-American.
Hi everyone! My name is Stacy Hernandez and I’m Akbayan’s 17-18 social chair! I’m a 4th year business management major born and raised in East Side San Jose. I’m a Gemini that loves to go on adventures and hang out with my loved ones. My favorite place to go to is the beach. If there were one thing I could eat for the rest of my life, it would be tacos (specifically al pastor hehe). I currently work at Jamba Juice as a shift lead and I love the fast-paced environment of customer service and working in collaborated teams. I joined Akbayan in Spring of 2015 and if I could describe this organization in one word it would be: family. This organization has not only given me countless opportunities to grow and create but has become one of my biggest support systems throughout my college experience.