We're the IIS Division – Welcome!

students on steps outside Cal History CenterOur division includes De Anza's pioneering Ethnic Studies programs, as well as International Studies (Global Studies), Women's Studies and 12 different World Language programs – from American Sign Language to Vietnamese.

Our programs are designed to assist you in developing a sophisticated knowledge and critical understanding of the multiple definitions and elements of culture, including the psychology, history and sociology of language, politics, and power dynamics in human relationships at the individual, interpersonal, and institutional or systemic levels. 

Ethnic Studies Multiracial Panel Series: April-May, 2021

Our Histories, Our Experiences, Our Lives: From Learning to Collective Action

These panels were developed for everyone to learn from, about and with each other – with the goal of building multiracial alliances and a multiracial coalition at De Anza College, to support structural and systemic changeEach panel focused on experiences and perspectives relating to one of our core areas of ethnic studies.

Watch the panel Videos

Departments and Areas of Study

We invite you to explore our course offerings, and our certificate and degree programs, in subjects that can build your capacity to work effectively in a wide range of fields – including community advocacy, education, public policy and many more.

Our Intercultural Studies (ICS) program has a special importance at De Anza College. We are the only program at the college from which students must take at least one course as a requirement for graduation with an AA or AS degree. This requirement stems from a recognition that every individual can benefit from the understanding to be gained from ICS courses.

Featured for Spring 2021

Intercultural Studies (ICS)

ICS 19: Making a Difference – Transforming Relations of Nature, Community and Power

Asian American and Asian Studies (ASAM)

The Asian American and Asian Studies department is offering six courses in spring 2021 – see the department website for details.

IIS Division Office

The IIS Division office is located in De Anza’s Multicultural Center (MCC) – one of the hearts of our campus, where individuals, small groups and student organizations of all kinds can study, plan and organize together. The MCC is used for meetings, special events and community-building activities with a multicultural flavor. Activities are supported by De Anza Student Government (DASG) funding – so please come and use this communal space! 

Dean's Office

Multicultural Center

Edmundo Norte
Division Dean


Mary Medrano
Division Administrative Assistant


Spring Hours

The campus is currently closed because of COVID-19.

The division administrative assistant is available during these hours on Monday through Friday

  • 8 a.m. to noon
  • 1 to 5 p.m.

About the MCC

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