About Us

Akbayan means, “Embracing in Friendship.” Along with the SJSU community, other universities, the Filipino community, and the larger community, we strive to increase our knowledge of the Pilipino/Pilipino-American culture and share the beauty of the heritage. Akbayan started out with a group of Pilipino/Pilipino-American college students from SJSU gaining consciousness about their heritage and culture. The group was inspired to create an organization based on the Pilipino/Pilipino-American culture. In 1976, Akbayan was born. Initially, it started out as a social group where Filipinos had a chance to meet new people. Over the years, it has evolved to become an organization concerned with cultural and community concepts as well.

Akbayan has participated in/supported/spearheaded the following:


  • The Annual Pil-Grad (Pilipino Commencement, Graduation)
  • Collaborations with the Jacinto Tony Siquig Northside Community Center
  • The fight for the Filipino Veterans’ Equity Bill (HR 677)
  • The Annual Raising Awareness Amongst Pilipinos (RAAP) Conference
  • Candlelight Vigil
  • Open Mic


  • Cooking / Language Workshops
  • Cultural Dance Workshops
  • Pilipino History Lessons for our General Members


  • CSU Fullerton’s Annual Friendship Games
  • Akbayan’s Annual Winter Formal
  • Competitive Intramural Sports Team


  • Mentorship Programs between upperclassmen and underclassmen at SJSU
  • Extension of K.A.A.M.P. Program to Independence High School


Akbayan Constitution

***Akbayan SJSU is not affiliated with any local, state, national, or international organization. Any organization that may share this name is coincidence and should not be believed to be associated with Akbayan SJSU***