Personal Stories: Black Experiences

When We Have a Support System
– Abriana Holliday

As part of the CAN/DID Inclusion Series, we launched "CAN/DID Personal Stories" in 2022 as a way to share additional personal experiences and insights from members of the De Anza community.

To commemorate Black History Month in February 2022, the first installments featured students, faculty members and classified professionals speaking about their "Experiences as a Black Person." 

It Came Like a River
– Derrick Felton

Allies All Around You
– Iman Seale

Nextdoor Experience
– Iman Seale

Feeling Out of Place
– Payton Sample

Developing Tough Skin
– Robert Alexander

Solidarity Through Storytelling – Iman Seale

Feeling Alienated
– Khari Crawford

My Black Experience
– Derrick Felton

Enduring Injustices, Part 2 
– Deborah Taylor

The World is a Chessboard 
– Derrick Felton

The Whitewashing of History 
– Abriana Holliday

Seen Beyond My Intelligence 
– President Lloyd Holmes

The Pressure to Work Harder 
– Deborah Taylor

Why Black Representation is Important 
– Daniel H.

Father-Son Talk on "Driving While Black" 
– Payton Sample

Student Stopped by Police Multiple Times
– Robert Alexander

The Great Migration and Injustices 
– Deborah Taylor

More Personal Stories

Erick Aragon

Sharing Asian American and Pacific Islander Experiences

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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Previously In the CAN/DID Series

Previous installments in the CAN/DID series have explored perspectives on the Black Lives Matter movement, provided context and strategies for countering anti-Asian racism, explored De Anza's unique Intercultural Studies program and celebrated LGBTQ+ Pride at the college.

Black man in sportcoat: What Is Black Lives Matter?

What Is Black Lives Matter?

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

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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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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 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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