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.

Things to Consider

If you are joining us as a student for the Fall quarter, here are some ongoing resources, including our process for returning to campus, inclusive of student feedback (survey).

We Are Hiring!

Equity Scholars - Student Interns

Deadline - October 18, 2021we are hiring

For the academic year of October 2021-June 2022.

For more information: Tony Santa Ana at SantaAnaAnthony@deanza.edu

locater mapLand Acknowledgement

We humbly do 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." 

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


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)

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