Aiko Dabu

Job title: 
Class of 2026
2024 Cal-in-Sacramento
2024 Golden State Fellow

Aiko Dabu is a first-generation college student born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area to Filipinx-immigrant parents. Growing up in a low-income BIPOC community, she witnessed numerous instances where her family and friends were subjected to deliberate underpayment, overwork, and emotional abuse by their clients and employers. Witnessing the enduring impact of such abuse on her own immigrant parents, Aiko developed a strong commitment to advocating for improved legal resources and accommodations to support vulnerable immigrant communities in the workplace.

Currently, Aiko is pursuing a degree in political science at UC Berkeley, with an intended minor in public policy. She actively engages with various campus communities, including NAVCAL, Cal ACLU, and the Partnership for Pre-Professional Pilipinxs, where she plays an active role in supporting the Filipinx community on campus and the broader AAPI community throughout the Bay Area. Aiko aspires to obtain her Juris Doctorate after her time at Cal, with the aim of furthering her support and addressing the needs of underprivileged communities.

Research interests: 

Major(s): Political Science

Minor(s): Political Economy