CAN/DID: Standing Against Racism and Injustice

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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
  • See more videos below!

CAN/DID is continuing to address major issues with new videos focusing this year on topics that are important to all of us. Below, you can learn about previous installments in the CAN/DID Inclusion series, plus find resources for support and further exploration, and read previous editions of the CAN/DID newsletter.


CAN/DID Personal Stories

Earlier this year, we launched "CAN/DID Personal Stories" to share personal experiences and insights from members of the De Anza community.

Payton Sample

Sharing Experiences As a Black Person

To commemorate Black History Month in February 2022, these videos featured students, faculty members and classified professionals sharing their "Experiences as a Black Person."

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Erick Aragon

Experiences in the Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities

These videos were released during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May 2022, with more releases during Filipinx American Heritage Month in October 2022.

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two women talking

Honoring LGBTQ+ History and Coming Out

Members of De Anza's LGBTQ+ community shared their personal stories in these videos. They were released in October 2022 to commemorate LGBTQ+ History Month and National Coming Out Day.

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Natalie Elias

Celebrating Latinx Heritage and Experiences

CAN/DID released these videos, featuring a De Anza student talking about her experiences, in honor of Latinx Heritage Month, from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 in 2022. Look for more Personal Stories soon!

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CAN/DID Series Wins National Recognition

De Anza’s CAN/DID Inclusion Series has been honored for outstanding communication and creativity by a national organization of communications professionals. The series earned a Silver Paragon award from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations – which draws members from two-year colleges across the U.S. and Canada. The award was in the category for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion campaigns.


Previously In the Series

Celebrating Pride Month

Earlier this year, we celebrated Pride Month in June with these videos below, featuring members of De Anza's LGBTQ+ community.

If I Could Have One Wish Come True ...

Love Comes In So Many Different Forms

Here are some other previous installments in the CAN/DID Inclusion series.

Black man in sportcoat: What Is Black Lives Matter?

What Is Black Lives Matter?

What does this important social movement mean to Black students, faculty members and classified professionals at De Anza?

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Young Asian woman: What Are the Effects of Anti-Asian Scapegoating

Countering Anti-Asian Racism

What is the history behind anti-Asian racism and scapegoating during the pandemic – and how can we confront it?

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Smiling Latinx man in front of 3 smiling students: Inclusion in Practice at De Anza

Intercultural Studies at De Anza

What are the vision and goals behind the creation of De Anza's ethnic studies program – and what makes it unique?

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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 De Anza's Office of Communications in consultation with the Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education and other campus experts.


 

 

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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.


Resources for Support and Further Exploration

College Resources

Academic Programs


Campus Organizations


Information and Support


Learning Communities

Community Resources

Here are some (mostly) local organizations that offer information, training and advocacy for racial equity and social justice.

League Highlights CAN/DID Project

thumbnail for Anti-Asian scapegoating videoCAN/DID was highlighted in 2021 by the national League for Innovation in the Community College, in an article on its website and in its “League Connections” email newsletter for July.

De Anza employees can read the article on the League’s resource website – or find it at league.org/innovations/search 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 @deanza.edu email address.)


Who Created Ms. Marvel?

TikToks Honoring History and Heritage 

Who created Ms. Marvel? Who invented the Fender Stratocaster guitar?

See all the special TikTok videos created by De Anza's Office of Communications for AAPI Heritage Month and Women's History Month in 2022. 

Profiles include a variety of individuals who have made unique contributions, including women who have made a big impact in science, medicine and mountaineering.

View the Heritage TikToks


Taking A Stand 

In a February 2021 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. Visit the Standing Against Racism webpage to learn more. 


Stop AAPI Hate logo


iHollaback bystander tips


Report Hate Crimes

Learn Intervention Strategies

Find More Resources



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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