CAN/DID: Standing Against Racism and Injustice

NEW League Highlights CAN/DID Project

The League for Innovation in the Community College is highlighting De Anza’s CAN/DID Inclusion Series in an article on its website and in its “League Connections” email newsletter for July.

Why do we say "Black Lives Matter" and not "all lives matter"?

De Anza employees can read the article on the League’s resource website – or find it at by selecting “Diversity,” “Equity” or “Inclusion” as the topic and “Project Highlight” as the type, before clicking the search button. (If you don't have a password, you can create an account with your email address.)

What Is CAN/DID?

  • An ongoing multimedia series that builds on the knowledge and experience of De Anza College students, faculty members and classified professionals
  • An exploration of equity and social justice issues – including lessons we can all learn from the struggles of many different groups and individuals

The CAN/DID multimedia project was produced over the last year by the Office of Communications in consultation with the Office of Equity and other campus experts. Topics included Black Lives Matter, countering anti-Asian racism and De Anza's unique Intercultural Studies program. The series will continue next year with topics of importance to the Latinx and LGBTQ+ communities, among others.

Inclusion in Practice: Intercultural Studies at De Anza

In these CAN/DID videos, IIS division Dean Edmundo Norte explains the vision and goals that drive ethnic studies programs at De Anza. 

Inclusion in Practice at De Anza, Part I

Inclusion in Practice at De Anza, Part II

Inclusion in Practice at De Anza, Part III

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

The "Our Histories, Our Experiences, Our Lives" panel discussion series was developed by De Anza's Intercultural and International Studies Division – the only academic division of its kind at a California community college – in collaboration with the Office of Professional Development. The events featured faculty members, classified professionals and students sharing their experiences and perspectives relating to the core areas of ethnic studies at De Anza: 

  • African American Studies
  • Asian American and Asian Studies
  • Chicanx/Latinx Studies
  • Native American and Indigenous Studies
  • Comparative Ethnic Studies  


Standing Against Anti-Asian Racism and Scapegoating

Some recent videos in the CAN/DID Inclusion Series have focused on the anti-Asian scapegoating and racist attacks on people of Asian descent during the COVID-19 pandemic. Instructor Mae Lee, chair of Asian American and Asian Studies, provides historic context and tools for understanding and confronting this racism – by using an Asian Americanist analysis. A future installment will provide suggestions for taking action against this problem.

Effects of Anti-Asian Racism and Scapegoating 

How Do We Make Sense of What's Going On?

Anti-Asian Racism:
Beyond Acts of Hate

What Can We Do About Anti-Asian Racism?

In a recent email to students, faculty and classified professionals, President Lloyd A. Holmes outlined plans for a collegewide response to anti-Asian racism. That response includes opportunities for the college community to share knowledge and solidarity against racism.

Community Rallies Against Anti-Asian Racism

Representatives from De Anza College and the Foothill-De Anza Community College District joined the Stop Asian Hate Rally held outside Cupertino City Hall on Saturday, April 10. 


Then and Now – A Conversation on the History of Racism in the U.S.

Stop AAPI Hate logo

iHollaback bystander tips

Report Hate Crimes

Learn Intervention Strategies

Find More Resources

Previously on CAN/DID

Previous videos in the CAN/DID series have explored the Black Lives Matter movement and what it means to De Anza students, classified professionals and faculty members. CAN/DID will return to this topic, as well as issues affecting the Latinx community and everyone at De Anza, in future installments.

What Is "Black Lives Matter"?

What Does "Black Lives Matter"
Mean to You?

Why Do We Say "Black Lives Matter" Instead of "All Lives Matter"?

About the Name

"Can" represents the opportunity for action and positive progress. "Did" acknowledges the history – good and bad – that we are building on. And "candid" means open and honest, which the series will be.

CAN/DID is produced by the multimedia team in the Office of Communications, in consultation with the Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education at De Anza College.


Click or mouse over each image to read the full caption

The series was developed to expand on collegewide efforts that followed the murder of George Floyd in May 2020. Those efforts included funding of a full-time, permanent position for an Umoja program counselor, online discussions and activities for students and employees, and the creation of the Standing Against Racism resource webpage.

Below on this page, you’ll find more information and resources for support and further exploration of these issues. 

Some of the Voices in This Series

Mae Lee

Mae Lee

Payton Sample

Payton Sample

Edmundo Norte

Edmundo Norte

Robert Alexander

Robert Alexander

Katelyn Pan

Katelyn Pan

Deborah Taylor

Deborah Taylor

Resources for Support and Further Exploration

Read the CAN/DID Newsletter

The Office of Communications will keep the college community informed about new installments in the series, through social media posts and emails to De Anza's faculty and classified professional staff, among others. Below you'll find links to the email messages.

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