Welcome to the Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education!
We will be closed on November 25, 26, 2021 in honor of Day of Mourning also known as Thankstaken. Here are opportunities to honor Native American Heritage/History Month
I.D.E.A. Define & Apply Winter Workshops
Join Dr. Tabia Lee (Preferred Name: Lee, Pronouns: She/Her/Hers), De Anza’s Faculty Director for the Office of Equity, to define and apply important I.D.E.A. concepts (i.e., Identity and Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Equality, Access and Acceptance). Collective definitions lead to greater support for collective action.
- Define and Apply Identity and Inclusion at De Anza — January 14, 2022 from 3:30-5:30 pm
- Define and Apply Diversity at De Anza — January 21, 2022 from 3:30-5:30 pm
- Define and Apply Equity and Equality at De Anza — January 28, 2022 from 3:30-5:30 pm
- Define and Apply Access and Acceptance at De Anza — from February 4, 2022 3:30-5:30 pm
Let’s get started on working together to define what I.D.E.A. means to De Anza and share strategies and tools to elevate I.D.E.A. in our individual and collective learning community spaces.
De Anza humbly does this work in Ohlone nation, among the original caretakers and stewards of love and respect for the land. We recognize De Anza College sits on the crux of Raymatush and Tamien tribal lands, in the unceded terrritory of the Ohlone people. The Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area continues a beautiful legacy of ancestral wisdom and cultural keeping in relationship to the land. For more information about their work, please visit their website. And also consider learning from this great online tool "Visualizing Indigenous Persistence during Spanish Colonization of the San Francisco Bay Area." Here is another map regarding Ohlone tribal regions , thanks to UC Berkeley Native American Student Development.
We understand we do this work with the contradiction that we are in occupied territory after the massacre of Ohlone peoples, with western definitions of political borders. Thus with more conviction, we are determined to educate ourselves, as staff, faculty, students and community members to decolonize and deconstruct, to make room for ongoing unschooling, yet learning and cultural humility, making social justice work through relationship building. In this way, we stay true to an indigenous way of life, to core values of the red road, that involves "To All My Relations."
Foothill College Land Acknowledgement with blessing by the Muwekma Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Which Native Region Do You Live In?Find out by texting your city or zip code to 907.312.5085. (Texting charges may apply.)
2021 Event Recordings
Watch some of our previous events for Equity inspiration.
- Ethnic Studies Multiracial Panel IICS by Intercultural and International Studies Division (April-May 2021)
- Then and Now: A Conversation on the History of Racism in the United States (April 6, 2021)
- Get Paid for Being Woke: Social Justice Career Panel (Jan 21, 2021)
- Disability Justice (Jan 28, 2021)
- First Annual Sandra Diaz Nursing Professions Career Panel (April 27, 2021)
- Health Care Providers Career Panel (May 12, 2021)
Districtwide Professional Development
Dr Joy DeGruy: The Conversation Continues
In April, the district held the third event in a series of conversations with Dr. Joy DeGruy to deepen our understanding of the effects of institutional racism, discrimination, and marginalization, and steps we can take within our district to become a more equitable learning and work environment. here is this recommended self directed study for this event. Check out her YouTube Channel
For More Informaiton: Pat Hylan HylandPat@deanza.edu.
To continue exploring and studying Dr. DeGruy's work, please visit this Foothill-De Anza LibGuide: An Introduction to Dr. Joy DeGruy and Anti-Racism
For more information, please send an email to Keri Kirkpatrick firstname.lastname@example.org
Stop Asian Hate
- Stop AAPI Hate: You can report incidents of aggression, racial profiling, and violence here in English, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese. The Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council created this reporting center.
- In this historic year of cultural shifts, we invite you to align to the core values of equity and social justice. We have opportunities to be upstanders and we can learn from these Educational Resources on Anti-Asian Scapegoating created by the Asian American Studies department.
- Here is a teaching guide from San Francisco State's Department of Asian American Studies and the Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning: Teaching Days after Anti Asian Violence.
- And a reading list compiled by Vox.
- Be inspired by The Atlantic on "Why This Wave of Anti-Asian Racism Feels Different."
- Find ways to be involved with Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Atlanta chapter).
- One example, is this solidarity statement written by De Anza's African American Studies.
- See these other college resources to support this ongoing journey to Stand Against Racism, currently very present against the Black community and the Asian community but not limited to the Latinx and faith based communinties, particular to the Muslim community.
- Here is this self directed study to further our justice analysis.
We Stand by Our International Students at De Anza
- Please refer to the International Student Program website for support, direct questions and inquiries.
- Here is the latest solidarity statement for Myanmar by ISP and the Office of Equity
Equity and Justice Resources
What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!
Please see our Conceptual Framework visual, explore our website regarding Guiding Assumption and Core Values and equity resources as well as student resources during this online learning experience. Check out these webpages, too:
- Standing Against Racism – college resources to support your equity and social justice journey
- More Ways to Study Equity – additional links, tools and guides for the current civil rights landscape.
- How to be Anti-Racist in a Virtual Environment - great resource from Leading Equity LLC
The Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education promotes — through programs and services — an academic, cultural and social environment that provides equity, social justice and academic success for all members of the De Anza College campus community. It supports the district and college missions, which consider diversity an essential component of student education in the 21st century.
The Equity Office takes this charge seriously. We have expanded our mission of fostering a climate of healthy diversity that values individual and group differences and respects the perspectives of others by working to eliminate institutional oppression or barriers that perpetuate inequity, injustice, and mono-cultural education.
All of us in the academy and in the culture as a whole are called to renew our minds if we are to transform educational institutions-and society-so that the way we live, teach, and work can reflect our joy in cultural diversity, our passion for justice, and our love of freedom.- bell hooks, scholar