The ¡LEAD! Community

 Group of LEAD students

Welcome to LEAD!

Latinx Empowerment At De Anza (LEAD) is a learning community created by students and for students. It was founded in 2005 by a group of twelve students who wanted to create a student leadership development program that focused on the Latinx community and culture as well as developing their leadership in the community.

Since then, LEAD has expanded and serves as a model for learning on the De Anza campus. Below you'll find more information about LEAD and

LEAD offers a unique style of learning to promote civic engagement and student success. In our classes, students work in small groups called familias throughout the quarter.

Each familia has a mentor, who serves as the liaison between the teacher and student, and who ensures that each familia member has all the support they need to succeed. In their familias, students collaborate on projects, work together to support each other in their learning, and create a strong sense of community.

If you're interested in joining LEAD, please contact Steve Nava, Program Faculty Coordinator.

2022 Despedida and Graduation Ceremony

group of students in LEAD stoles¡LEAD! students and their supporters gathered for a special year-end celebration outside the VPAC on June 9.
See more photos on the LEAD Events webpage.

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Thanks to Our Supporters!

The LEAD program has benefited from generous support by 

We also welcome your support. You can make a donation through the Foothill-De Anza Foundation's "Give Now" webpage. Be sure to designate your gift by typing LEAD in the box marked "Other."

Academic Subjects

When we first began, LEAD offered only a handful of courses – mostly in Language Arts. We've expanded since then and, depending on the term, we may offer classes in

  • Chicano Studies
  • Economics
  • English Composition
  • English Literature
  • Environmental Studies
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Women's Studies

All of our classes are based strongly on the teachings of Paulo Freire; students teach each other and participate in 12 hours of civic engagement and service to the community.

Community and Civic Engagement

We are very proud to work with the Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action (VIDA) on a variety of programs through the year.  Some of our civic engagement projects have included

  • Working with children at the Buena Vista Migrant Camp
  • Creating oral history projects with the Mountain View Day Worker Center
  • Restarting and tending the Kirsch Center Garden
  • Organizing the annual LEAD Global Issues Conference
  • Creating workshops for the California History Center Mass Incarceration Project
  • Hosting a "Take Back the Night" event
  • Providing a jump-start for the Jean Miller Resource Room for Women, Genders and Sexuality


Steve Nava

Steve Nava
Instructor, Sociology

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LEAD Mentor Instructor

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Our Goal

LEAD helps students find a connection to our college and their communities and understand how powerful they can be as agents for positive social change.


  • Community Service
  • Social Justice
  • Developing a Sense of Familia


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