Standing Against Racism and Injustice
De Anza College is reaffirming its longstanding commitment to equity by taking a stand – and taking action – against racism and injustice.
On this webpage, you'll find information about events and activities, resources for learning and discussion, statements in solidarity and important updates. Click these links or scroll down to learn more.
- Taking action against anti-Asian racism
- Upcoming events and activities – including the Ethnic Studies Multiracial Panel series: "Our Histories, Our Experiences, Our Lives" NEW
- CAN/DID Inclusion Series
- Resources and organizations – including bystander intervention strategies NEW
- Increasing support for Black students
- Additional statements in solidarity
- Reading list and learning tools
In a recent email to students, faculty members and classified professionals. De Anza President Lloyd A. Holmes outlined plans for a collegewide response to the recent surge in racist attacks on people of Asian descent. This response includes opportunities for the college community to share knowledge and solidarity against racism, through online events held on March 23 and April 6, and others. Check this webpage for more upcoming activities.
De Anza Joins April 10 Rally 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.
- For more photos, please visit the April 10 rally webpage
- See photos from the earlier rally held in Saratoga on March 27
Then and Now: A Conversation on the History of Racism in the U.S.
- Robert Handa, De Anza alum, NBC Bay Area reporter and host of Asian Pacific America
- Mae Lee, chair, Asian American and Asian Studies
- Jim Nguyen, instructor, Political Science
WATCH THE ZOOM RECORDINGCosponsors include the Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education; the Asian American and Asian Studies Department; and the Asian Pacific American Staff Association.
Racism and scapegoating during the coronavirus pandemic is one of the topics addressed in the new CAN/DID Inclusion Series, a multimedia project by the Office of Communications, in consultation with the Office of Equity, that examines equity and social justice issues by drawing on the knowledge and experiences of our own community members.
Resources and Statements on Anti-Asian Racism
You'll find more information and resources on this issue by visiting the Asian American and Asian Studies Department's COVID-19 Resources webpage.
Be sure to check the college Events Calendar for more upcoming activities.
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Ethnic Studies Multiracial Panel Series
Our Histories, Our Experiences, Our Lives: From Learning to Collective Action
Please join us for this online series of panel discussions and dialogues, which will bring together faculty representatives from our four core areas of ethnic studies, along with students, classified professionals and administrators from these racial, ethnic and cultural communities.
These panels were developed for everyone to learn from, about and with each other – with the goal of building multiracial alliances and a multiracial coalition at De Anza College, to support structural and systemic change, here and beyond.
The panels will convene on five consecutive Fridays, from 2:30-4:30 p.m.
- Friday, April 30: African American Studies
- 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
You can watch the recordings of past events on our 2021 Ethnic Studies Panels webpage.
We encourage participation in the entire series, for full inclusion and understanding.
Two hours of PGA credit will be awarded for each session. Part-time faculty members are eligible for additional pay for each session.
The series was developed by the Intercultural and International Studies Division in collaboration with the Office of Professional Development.
Momentum – Social Sciences and Humanities Series
Momentum is a series of online talks focusing on equity, inclusiveness and social justice, hosted by Elvin T. Ramos, dean of Social Sciences and Humanities. For more information, visit the Momentum website.
- You'll find a list of previous college events lower on this webpage.
Reporting Hate Crimes
Want to report a hate crime or learn about recent statistics?
Wondering what to do if you're a bystander or witness?
On June 8, 2020, Interim President Christina G. Espinosa-Pieb announced some initial steps the college is taking to increase support for Black students at De Anza. This followed her May 29 statement of support for all Black and underrepresented students and colleagues at the college.
2020 Grad Speaker and BFSA Awards
In addition, the BFSA selected four graduating students to receive newly established Du Bois and Sankofa awards for academic achievement. Each received $1,000 provided by donors through the President's Fund.
W.E.B. Du Bois Award Recipients
Sankofa Award Recipients
De Anza College employees and programs issued these statements of solidarity following the death of George Floyd in May 2020.
Video From Student-Athletes
De Anza’s student-athletes came together virtually to produce a new video in solidarity with the Black community and the Black Lives Matter movement. All told, 39 student-athletes took part by recording and submitting their own videos and collaborating on the opening and closing statements.
Titus Kaphar, a De Anza alum and 2018 MacArthur fellow known for exploring issues of race and equity in art, created the painting at right for the June 15, 2020 cover of TIME magazine. He also contributed a written piece about his thoughts on being Black in America.
- ASCCC Senate Rostrum – Black faculty members from around the state their thoughts and experiences in this special issue of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges' quarterly publication
- Anti-Racism Resources – list of links and resources compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein
- Anti-Racist Reading List – a syllabus compiled by Ibram X. Kendi, especially for people beginning their anti-racist journey
- Between the World and Me – a personal exploration of America's racial history, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Black Lives Matter At School – resources from the National Education Association’s EdJustice initiative
- De Anza Honors Newsletter – list of films, books, podcasts and organizations compiled by members of the De Anza College Honors Program
- Do the Work: An Anti-Racist Reading List – reading suggestions from Layla F. Saad
- For Our White Friends Desiring To Be Allies – suggestions for those who are wondering, “How can I be a stronger ally?” by Courtney Ariel
- From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation – a book that ties the struggle against police violence to broader effort against structural inequality, by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
- How To Be an Anti-Racist – a book that's both a memoir and an examination of ways to build a just society, by Ibram X. Kendi
- Invisible No More – a book about police violence against Black women and women of color, by Andrea J. Ritchie
- Let America Be Born Again – poem by Langston Hughes
- Me and White Supremacy – a book that guides readers in an exploration of white privilege and even unconscious participation in white supremacy, by Layla F. Saad
- The New Jim Crow – an influential book that examines how Black Americans are treated in the criminal justice system, by Michelle Alexander
- Racial Equity Tools – a list of books, articles, videos and films, compiled by Sally Leiderman, Maggie Potapchuk and Shakti Butler
- Racial Equity and Social Justice – articles, organizations, websites, films and more resources compiled by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation
- Radical Math – for educators interested in integrating issues of social and economic justice into math curriculum
- 1619 Project – interactive journalism by the New York Times, exploring the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans
- So You Want to Talk About Race – a book on racism and how to talk about it, by Ijeoma Oluo
- Teaching for Black Lives – a handbook for educators, students and families, edited by Dyan Watson, Jesse Hagopian and Wayne Au
- 26 Ways To Be In the Struggle Beyond the Streets – a printable list of ways to work for justice
- White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism – a book exploring racial assumptions and reactions, and how to confront them, by Robin DiAngelo