Standing Against Racism and Injustice

hands raised and clasped in unityDe 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

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

College and elected leaders holding signs against racismRepresentatives 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. 

Then and Now: A Conversation on the History of Racism in the U.S.

This panel discussion on April 6, 2021 was moderated by Chesa Caparas, faculty coordinator for the Jean Miller Resource Room, and Jodi Wong, student and former editor of La Voz News.

Panelists included

Caparas, Nguyen, Lee, Handa

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.

CAN/DID Inclusion Series

CAN/DID: Anti-Asian RacismRacism 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.

  • Message From President Holmes

  • Statement in Solidarity From the BFSA

  • Resolution by the Foothill-De Anza District Board of Trustees

More Events and Activities

Be sure to check the college Events Calendar for more upcoming activities.

Ethnic Studies Multiracial Panel Series: April-May 2021

Our Histories, Our Experiences, Our Lives: From Learning to Collective Action

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 changeEach panel focused on experiences and perspectives relating to one of our core areas of ethnic studies.

WATCH THE PANEL VIDEOSThe 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.

Previous Events

Resources and Organizations

Feeling Stressed? Want to Talk?

Stop AAPI Hate logo

Reporting Hate Crimes

Want to report a hate crime or learn about recent statistics?

iHollaback bystander tips

Intervention Strategies

Wondering what to do if you're a bystander or witness? 

Increasing Support for Black Students

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.

  • June 8 Message From Interim President Espinosa-Pieb

  • May 29 Message from Interim President Espinosa-Pieb

2020 Grad Speaker and BFSA Awards

Tamara Williams

At the invitation of the President’s Office, the Black Faculty, Staff and Administrators Network (BFSA) selected Tamara Williams as student speaker for De Anza's 2020 Commencement Celebration

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


Additional Statements in Solidarity

De Anza College employees and programs issued these statements of solidarity following the death of George Floyd in May 2020.

  • 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

Danny Acosta tweet - Click to enlarge

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.

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, 2020 cover of TIME magazine. He also contributed a written piece about his thoughts on being Black in America

Information About Previous Events

  • Workshops, Panels and Other Activities

  • Juneteenth Information

  • Black History Month

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