CAN/DID: Standing Against Racism and Injustice

NEW What Can We Do About Anti-Asian Racism?

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

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

The latest CAN/DID video (above) is being released ahead of Friday's online panel discussion focusing on perspectives from Asian American and Asian Studies. The collegewide event is part of a series that will feature faculty members from core areas of ethnic studies, along with students, classified professionals and administrators. These activities were developed for everyone to learn from each other, and to foster multiracial alliances for change. The panels will convene on consecutive Fridays, from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

  • Friday, April 30: African American Studies – you can watch the video recording of this event on the IIS Division website
  • THIS WEEK'S EVENT Friday, May 7: Asian American and Asian Studies
  • Friday, May 14: Chicanx/Latinx Studies
  • Friday, May 21: Native American and Indigenous Studies
  • Friday, May 28: Comparative Ethnic Studies – Building Multiracial Alliances


The "Our Histories, Our Experiences, Our Lives" panel events were 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. In these two videos, Dean Edmundo Norte explains some of 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

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 During the Pandemic

Anti-Asian Racism: How Do We Make Sense of What's Going On?

Anti-Asian Racism:
Beyond Acts of Hate

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.



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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.

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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