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.
In 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
- NEW Upcoming events and activities
- De Anza resources and other organizations
- Additional statements in solidarity
- Reading list and learning tools
- BFSA Student Award Recipients
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
Sankofa Award Recipients
Read these statements from De Anza College employees and programs
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De Anza College Groups and Programs
Foothill-De Anza Community College District
Local and National Organizations
- Black Lives Matter
- Collective Response to the Racial Violence Amidst COVID-19 – from a coalition of higher education groups working for equity in California's community colleges
- VIDA list of action resources – De Anza's Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action (VIDA) has compiled this list of community groups and other organizations that you can join or support
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.
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.
- "How to Make This Moment The Turning Point for Real Change" – Medium post by President Barack Obama
- "It Is Time For Us To Listen" – statement by President George W. Bush
- "We Need a Government As Good As Its People" – statement by President Jimmy Carter
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 cover of TIME magazine. He also contributed a written piece about his thoughts on being Black in America.
- NEW! 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