CAN/DID: Inclusion in Practice – Ethnic Studies

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. 

The videos on this webpage form a three-part series entitled "Inclusion in Practice – Ethnic Studies at De Anza College."

Ethnic Studies at De Anza, Part II

Ethnic Studies at De Anza, Part III

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 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

Students and others spoke about Black heritage for this new series celebrating Black History Month in 2024. A previous series in 2022 featured speakers who shared 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

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

smiling faces of seven people: CAN/DID Inclusion Series

Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride

How would members of De Anza's LGBTQ+ community describe their views on love, coming out and other questions?

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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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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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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.

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.

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