DE ANZA COLLEGE INSTITUTE OF COMMUNITY AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT LAUNCHES COMMUNITY SCHOLAR PROGRAM
CUPERTINO -- De Anza College's Institute of Community and Civic Engagement (ICCE) today announced the launch of its Community Scholars in Residence program and the selection of its first scholar, San José activist Adrian Tepehua Vargas. The program brings community organizers and leaders to De Anza to provide public lectures and workshop opportunities for students, faculty and staff.
Vargas has been active in the Latino artistic and cultural movement for more than 30 years as a theatre and film director, playwright, actor, musician and producer. For a decade he directed San José's former Teatro de la Gente and was co-founder of El Centro Cultural De La Gente, the South Bay's first Chicano/Latino cultural center during the 1970s. Currently, he is artistic director of Casa Vargas Productions, a Chicano/Latino multicultural-based arts catalyst organization, creating cultural arts and media projects in schools and communities. He is also the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2004 California Arts Council Director's Award for lifetime contributions to the arts for the people of California and a Commendation Resolution by the California State Assembly in 2006 recognizing his lifelong work in the arts. Vargas was selected in 2008 as one of the top 10 most influential Latinos in the field of entertainment in Silicon Valley.
VARGAS PROGRAM SCHEDULE
Tuesday, June 3, 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m., California History Center
Monday, June 9, 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m., California History Center
Wednesday, June 11, 12:30p.m.-2 p.m., El Clemente, Campus Center
Thursday, June 12, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. California History Center
De Anza College's Institute of Community and Civic Engagement advances education for democracy with full participation of all of communities as its core value. Co-directors are Mayra Cruz and Rowena Tomaneng. See www.deanza.edu/communityengagement/ for more information. Contact ICCE at firstname.lastname@example.org or 408.864.8439.
De Anza College, this year celebrating its 40th anniversary, 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 24,000 students each quarter with 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. Read more about the college at www.deanza.edu.
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