50th Anniversary

De Anza College 50th Anniversary

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Engaging the Future: The Next 50 Years

Here is the winning 50th Anniversary logo chosen by faculty and staff.
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As the college celebrates its 50th anniversary during the 2017-18 academic year, De Anza is hosting a series of campus activities focused on the theme, "Engaging the Future: The Next 50 Years."

President Brian Murphy introduced the theme at graduation in June 2017. Major anniversary activities include 

  • A vote on a special logo to replace the classic logo during the anniversary year. The vote was held in June, with the above logo chosen by 75 percent of voting faculty and staff.

  • A Nov. 18 fundraising event, "A Taste of History," benefiting the California History Center and the Euphrat Museum of Art. The event featured a performance by Juan Felipe Herrera, the immediate past Poet Laureate of the United States and a former De Anza instructor.

  • "Acts of Kindness," a special art project that the Euphrat Museum of Art commissioned with the Teatro Visión theater company and community artist Kate DeCiccio.

  • A special speaker on campus in spring 2018

Check back for more details about upcoming events and ways to participate in the celebration!

"A Taste of History"

Juan Felipe Herrera, the featured guest at this year's benefit for the California History Center and the Euphrat Museum of Art, is the immediate past Poet Laureate of the United States (2015-2017) and the first Latino to hold that position. A former adjunct faculty member at De Anza College, he has been called “the elder statesman of Mexican American poetry.”

Juan Felipe HerreraHerrera, who has written books for adults, young adults and children, is also a performance artist and activist on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth.

When he was appointed Poet Laureate, the  Washington Post reported: “As a child, Herrera learned to love poetry by singing about the Mexican Revolution with his mother, a migrant farmworker in California. Inspired by her spirit, he has spent his life crossing borders, erasing boundaries and expanding the American chorus.”

At this year’s Taste of History, Herrera shared stories and performed with a troupe of friends, musicians and poets. 

The event also featured wine tasting, food and an opportunity to view the Euphrat Museum’s fall 2017 exhibit, “Kindness as Resistance.” 

“Waking up is the biggest thing. I’m a political poet – let us say a human poet, a poet that’s concerned with the plight of people who suffer. If words can be of assistance, then that’s what I’m going to use.” 
 Juan Felipe Herrera



"Acts of Kindness"

Diego GomezFor the 50th Anniversary of De Anza College, the Euphrat Museum of Art commissioned a special project with the Teatro Visión theater company and community artist Kate DeCiccio. 

The project, entitled "Acts of Kindness," includes a portable set piece that features portraits of five people from the De Anza community who have worked to build community, encourage civic engagement and create opportunities for expression.

Karen ChowThe five are Karen Chow (at right), English faculty member and president of the Academic Senate; Diego Cihuacoatl Gomez (above left), 2017 student graduation speaker and President’s Award winner; McTate Stroman II, OTI Program Coordinator, mentor and spoken word artist; Savita Vaidhyanathan, a De Anza graduate who was elected mayor of Cupertino in 2017; and Elisa Marina Alvarado, founding artistic director of Teatro Visión.

Also as part of the anniversary project, Teatro Visión artistic director Rodrigo Garcia presented a series of workshops with
De Anza students from MEChA and the ChicanX Studies program, including a performance and vegetarian tamale meal in the Euphrat museum and lobby.

In addition, De Anza alumna Shaila Ramos led a series of “Resistance through Artivism” workshops for students in the HEFAS program, culminating in an “artful day of action” in December.                

Established in 1967, De Anza College was built on 112 acres of a former turn-of-the-century wine-producing estate. Today the campus sits in the heart of Silicon Valley, known worldwide as an incubator for technology and innovation. De Anza's faculty, staff and 21,000 students reflect the highly diverse ethnicities, cultures and backgrounds that comprise the region.

As its mission statement says, "De Anza College provides an academically rich, multicultural learning environment that challenges students of every background to develop their intellect, character and abilities; to realize their goals; and to be socially responsible leaders in their communities, the nation and the world."

The depth and breadth of De Anza's academic programs can be measured in the 66 degrees, 85 certificates and 1,655 courses offered at the college. Through its basic skills courses, support services and Learning Communities, the college provides new opportunities for students who have been underserved by their previous educational experiences. Also central to De Anza's mission is its work to engage students in civic learning and democratic practice. 

50th Anniversary
Building: Administration
Contact: Leah Mieso
Phone: 408.864.8948

Last Updated: 3/12/18