Standing Against Racism and Injustice

The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and other recent events – including the resulting protests and police responses – have highlighted longstanding injustices experienced by people of color in the United States.

hands raised and clasped in unityIn a June 8 message to students, faculty and classified professional staff, De Anza Interim President Christina G. Espinosa-Pieb announced some initial steps the college is taking to increase support for Black students. This followed her May 29 statement of support for all Black and underrepresented students and colleagues at the college.

You can read those emails here and then scroll down or click on these links to find information about

Video: Student-Athletes take a Stand

Some Initial Steps for Our Black Students at De Anza

  • Message From Interim President Christina Espinosa-Pieb

  • Standing With Our African American Students and Colleagues

Student Grad Speaker and BFSA Awards

Tamara Williams

This year, at the invitation of the President’s Office, the Black Faculty, Staff and Administrators Network (BFSA) selected Tamara Williams as the student speaker for De Anza's 53rd Annual Commencement

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

Alaric HillAlaric Hill

De'Von JohnsonDe'Von Johnson

Sankofa Award Recipients

Abdelkareem KhogaliAbdelkareem Khogali

Artie McNealArtie McNeal


Statements in Solidarity

Read these statements from De Anza College employees and programs

  • African American Studies

  • Asian and Asian American Studies / Asian Pacific American Staff Association 

  • De Anza Latinx Association

  • Foothill-De Anza Police Officers' Association 

  • De Anza College Academic Senate

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Events and Activities

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  • Social Sciences and Humanities Momentum Series

  • Juneteenth Information

  • Previous Events

De Anza Resources and Other Organizations

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De Anza College Groups and Programs

Foothill-De Anza Community College District

Local and National Organizations


New 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.

"This Is Something That's Got To Change"

Former President Barack Obama called for police reforms during a June 3 video roundtable, while voicing support for those protesting the killing of George Floyd.

"This is something that's got to change," Obama said. He told young people, "You matter. I want you to know that your lives matter, that your dreams matter."

Former Presidents Bush and Carter also issued statements about the protests.

More Resources for Reading and Learning

TIME cover with painting of mother holding empty space in shape of a childTitus 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 cover of TIME magazine. He also contributed a written piece about his thoughts on being Black in America

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