CAN/DID: Standing Against Racism and Injustice

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
  • Coming soon: Latinx and LGBTQ+ perspectives

The CAN/DID series will continue in 2021-2022 with new releases focusing on topics of importance to the Latinx and LGBTQ+ communities, among others. Previous topics included Black Lives Matter, countering anti-Asian racism and De Anza's unique Intercultural Studies program

League Highlights CAN/DID Project

thumbnail for Anti-Asian scapegoating videoCAN/DID was featured over the summer 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 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.)

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.

Previously on CAN/DID: Black Lives Matter

Previous videos in the CAN/DID Inclusion Series have explored the Black Lives Matter movement and what it means to De Anza students, classified professionals and faculty members. CAN/DID will continue to explore important issues, affecting 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"?

Standing Against Anti-Asian Racism and Scapegoating

Several videos in the CAN/DID series examined 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.

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 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

Inclusion in Practice: Intercultural Studies at De Anza

In these CAN/DID videos, Dean Edmundo Norte of the Intercultural and International Studies Division explained 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

Ethnic Studies Multiracial Panel Series: "Our Histories, Our Experiences, Our Lives"

This 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: 


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.

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

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