De Anza College News Release

Feb. 5, 2007

Marisa Spatafore
De Anza College

Student Community and Civic Engagement Will Be Focus

CUPERTINO-More than 200 high school and college students will converge at De Anza College for its second annual youth leadership conference, Youth Voices United for Change. Details follow:

8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 9
Writing and Reading Center at the Advanced Technology Center
De Anza College
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino
Call or e-mail for parking pass

The conference, co-sponsored by the campus' Office of Community and Civic Engagement (OCCE) and De Anza Associated Student Body (DASB), aims to connect high school and college students with community-based youth and student organizations. The free event will feature a wide variety of hands-on workshops, including creating media, exploring identity, impacting the community, and delivering and listening to spoken word performances, among other topics focused on self-empowerment and cultural and social activism.

Aligning with the college's commitment to reach out to underrepresented students, high schools with large Latina/Latino populations were a special focus of the OCCE invitation.

"De Anza is pleased to host the young people who will be the leaders in Silicon Valley in the years to come," said college President Brian Murphy. "We want to help pave the way for them to be aware and engaged citizens committed to serving and transforming their communities." Murphy has a long-standing commitment to community and civic engagement.

In 2004-05, under the leadership of the newly arrived Murphy, members of the De Anza community created a proposal to institutionalize community and civic engagement through the Office of Community and Civic Engagement. The goal of OCCE is to serve as a resource for area community organizations to find and/or create classes that meet their needs and to recruit well-trained volunteers, and where students will learn how to play crucial roles serving their communities. OCCE co-directors are faculty members Mayra Cruz and Rowena Tomaneng.

De Anza OCCE community partners in Santa Clara County include Asian Americans for Community Involvement, Choices for Children, Community Family Services, Estrella Family Services, FIRST 5 of Santa Clara County, Girls for a Change, Filipino Youth Coalition, Next Door, Organization of Special Needs Families, Sacred Heart Community Services, Second Harvest Food Program, Resource Area for Teachers, Vision New America and WestEd E3 Institute. These groups collaborate with De Anza programs such as Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute, California History Center, Cooperative Education, Diversity Leadership Training Institute, Latino/a Empowerment at De Anza Institute, and the Occupational Training Institute.

De Anza College, one of the largest single-campus community colleges in the nation, has served the students of Silicon Valley for almost 40 years. De Anza consistently ranks as one of the top two institutions in California in transferring students to the UC and CSU systems. The college provides an average of 25,000 students each quarter with outstanding general education and vocational courses as well as interdisciplinary studies, community service opportunities, on-the-job-training, internships, collaborative programs with businesses and industries, and online and television classes.