Welcome to the Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education! 

The Equity Office is part of De Anza's Equity and Engagement Division. We are committed to the college's Student Equity Plan for 2019-2022.

Hanukkah at De Anza

Happy Hanukkah to all celebrating on our campus! Known as the Jewish Festival of Lights, Hanukkah is an 8-day holiday that reaffirms the ideals of Judaism and commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple at Jerusalem. This year, Hanukkah starts at sundown on Sunday, November 28, 2021 (the 25th day of Kislev on the Hebrew lunisolar calendar) and ends at sundown on Monday, December 6, 2021.

From President Joe Biden: “At its core, Hanukkah recounts a story at the heart of the human spirit – one that is inherently Jewish and undeniably American. It commemorates how even the most fragile flame can sustain a tradition and nourish the soul of a people. It teaches us that even a little bit of light, wherever it is found, can dispel the darkness and illuminate a path forward. And it reminds us that whether it is the Holy Temple in Jerusalem or the temple of our democracy, nothing broken or profaned is beyond repair.”

Wishing all a season filled with light and love... standing in solidarity with Jewish students and community members to condemn the recent rise in antisemitic hatred and violence. Resources to learn more about Hanukkah and ways to support our Jewish learning community members:

I.D.E.A. Define & Apply Winter Workshops

Join Dr. Tabia Lee (Preferred Name: Lee, Pronouns: She/Her/Hers), De Anza’s Faculty Director for the Office of Equity, to define and apply important I.D.E.A. concepts (i.e., Identity and Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Equality, Access and Acceptance). Collective definitions lead to greater support for collective action.

  • Define and Apply Identity and Inclusion at De Anza January 14, 2022 from 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Define and Apply Diversity at De Anza — January 21, 2022 from 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Define and Apply Equity and Equality at De Anza — January 28, 2022 from 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Define and Apply Access and Acceptance at De Anza — from February 4, 2022 3:30-5:30 pm

Let’s get started on working together to define what I.D.E.A. means to De Anza and share strategies and tools to elevate I.D.E.A. in our individual and collective learning community spaces.

Register in advance to attend

Land Acknowledgement

De Anza humbly does this work in Ohlone nation, among the original caretakers and stewards of love and respect for the land.  We recognize De Anza College sits on the crux of Raymatush and Tamien tribal lands, in the unceded terrritory of the Ohlone people. The Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area continues a beautiful legacy of ancestral wisdom and cultural keeping in relationship to the land.  For more information about their work, please visit their website. And also consider learning from this great online tool "Visualizing Indigenous Persistence during Spanish Colonization of the San Francisco Bay Area."  Here is another map regarding Ohlone tribal regions , thanks to UC Berkeley Native American Student Development.

We understand we do this work with the contradiction that we are in occupied territory after the massacre of Ohlone peoples, with western definitions of political borders.  Thus with more conviction, we are determined to educate ourselves, as staff, faculty, students and community members to decolonize and deconstruct, to make room for ongoing unschooling, yet learning and cultural humility, making social justice work through relationship building.  In this way, we stay true to an indigenous way of life, to core values of the red road, that involves "To All My Relations." 

What is a Land Acknowledgement? 

Foothill College Land Acknowledgement with blessing by the Muwekma Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Which Native Region Do You Live In?

Find out by texting your city or zip code to 907.312.5085. (Texting charges may apply.)

2021 Event Recordings 

Watch some of our previous events for Equity inspiration.

Districtwide Professional Development

Dr Joy DeGruy: The Conversation Continues

See the source imageIn April, the district held the third event in a series of conversations with Dr. Joy DeGruy to deepen our understanding of the effects of institutional racism, discrimination, and marginalization, and steps we can take within our district to become a more equitable learning and work environment. here is this recommended self directed study for this event. Check out her YouTube Channel

For More Informaiton: Pat Hylan HylandPat@deanza.edu.


To continue exploring and studying Dr. DeGruy's work, please visit this Foothill-De Anza LibGuide: An Introduction to Dr. Joy DeGruy and Anti-Racism

For more information, please send an email to Keri Kirkpatrick kirkpatrickkeri@fhda.edu 

Stop Asian Hate

  • Stop AAPI Hate: You can report incidents of aggression, racial profiling, and violence here in English, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese. The Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council created this reporting center.
  • In this historic year of cultural shifts, we invite you to align to the core values of equity and social justice. We have opportunities to be upstanders and we can learn from these Educational Resources on Anti-Asian Scapegoating created by the Asian American Studies department.

More Resources Against Racism

We Stand by Our International Students at De Anza

Equity and Justice Resources

What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!

Please see our Conceptual Framework visual, explore our website regarding Guiding Assumption and Core Values and equity resources as well as student resources during this online learning experience. Check out these webpages, too:

Stay Connected!


Mission Statement  

The Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education promotes — through programs and services — an academic, cultural and social environment that provides equity, social justice and academic success for all members of the De Anza College campus community. It supports the district and college missions, which consider diversity an essential component of student education in the 21st century.

The Equity Office takes this charge seriously. We have expanded our mission of fostering a climate of healthy diversity that values individual and group differences and respects the perspectives of others by working to eliminate institutional oppression or barriers that perpetuate inequity, injustice, and mono-cultural education.

All of us in the academy and in the culture as a whole are called to renew our minds if we are to transform educational institutions-and society-so that the way we live, teach, and work can reflect our joy in cultural diversity, our passion for justice, and our love of freedom.

- bell hooks, scholar

Virtual Hours

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Adriana Garcia

Administrative Assistant

Mondays at 1:30-2:30pm
Zoom Link
Connect with us 9am-5:30pm


When We're Back on Campus, You Can Visit Us Here:


Building MLC: MLC 250 (View Map)

(West Side of Campus, 2nd Floor at the west end, right hand door)

mlc bldg


LEA and PA


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