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Office of Equity, Social Justice and
Multicultural Education

Meet the Staff

 Office Hours: Monday through Thursday 9am-6pm and Friday 9am-1:30pm


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Simon Phichayaphinyo
Student Intern
Pronouns: He/Him/Himself
Jean Miller Resource Room
Phone: 408-864-8284




Simon Phichayaphinyo is a current 1st year at De Anza College. He is a business admin major, and hoping to transfer by two years. Currently, he is a student intern for the Jean Miller Resource Room, residing in the Office of Equity. He enjoys community service and activism. He hopes that for his time working in the JMRR and the Office of Equity that there will be an impactful change on campus.



Jehan "Jo" Awod
Student Intern
Pronouns: She/Her/Herself
Jean Miller Resource Room
Phone: 408-864-8284





Jehan Bur is originally from Ethiopia and currently is attending De Anza College. She majors in International Business and plans to transfer to San Jose State University. Business, in general, is her passion, as she aims to create a business network between Ethiopia and other foreign countries. She is a student intern for the Jean Miller Resource Room, residing in the Office of Equity. Her background played a big role in her life that inspired her to become an intern and contribute to the society. During her stay for the Office of Equity, she hopes to bring a positive impact and awareness to college students like her.



Metages "Meti" Tekabe
Student Intern
Pronouns: She/Her/Herself
Office of Equity
Phone: 408-864-8284




Metages Aleme Tekabe, a 2nd year nursing major student. Made in Ethiopia, Africa. Just a Golden girl in the process of becoming a Diamond. She interns as an Equity Scholar Activist, for the Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education. She is also a writer, poet and storyteller. Check out some of her writing here as part of the Black Leadership Collective.


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Alicia Cortez, MSW, MA
Interim Dean of Equity & Engagement
Pronouns: She/Her/Herself
Phone: 408-864-8365





Dr. Veronica Keiffer-Lewis (Neal), Ed.D.
Faculty Advisor
Pronouns: She/Her/Herself
Phone: 408-864-5338



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Dr. Veronica Neal is an organizational equity and cultural humility specialist with over two decades of experience as diversity and social justice educator, trainer, coach and consultant. She is a certified diversity professional, integral coach and workplace conflict mediator.

Veronica’s consulting work guides and enlightens leaders in education, health care, business, and non-profit organizations as well as participants in community-based organizations.

She brings to her management, teaching and consulting practice the theories of justice-based leadership and multicultural education from her graduate studies as well as her practical experience managing projects and programs and directing a nonprofit organization. Her focus is on cultural humility across the lifespan and as a spiritual practice, equity change management, unconscious bias and oppression transformation, and attitudinal healing.

In addition to an active consulting schedule Veronica currently serves as the director of Equity, Social Justice, and Multicultural Education at De Anza College and teaches at both De Anza College and California State University at San Francisco.

Veronica continues her research and college teaching while also coaching educational leaders and community activists to bring out the best in themselves and their teams through equity and cultural humility initiatives.

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Tony Santa Ana (Ed.D. Student)
Program Coordinator
Pronouns: He/His/Himself/
Phone: 408-864-8887
Email:                                         SantaAnaAnthony@deanza.ed     


Tony is the program coordinator of the Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education. He is a community organizer, artivist, educator and globe trotter that seeks to contribute to humanity and also an instructor in Intercultural Studies. His research interests include education, critical pedagogy, youth studies, global citizenship, indigenous rights, spirituality, ethnic studies, transformational learning, Hip Hop, Pin@y scholarship & experiential learning.

Adriana Garcia
Administrative Assistant
Pronouns: She/Her/Herself
Phone: 408-864-5636





Adriana is the Administrative Assistant for the Office of Equity, Social and Multicultural Education. For over 20 years, she has helped developed or supported the collective efforts of organizations and committees dedicated to workers and immigrant rights campaigns and womyn wellness through a human rights and social justice lens in the South Bay. She also upholds international solidarity with local people’s movements such as police brutality, gender equity, racial justice and environmental justice, especially when it involves art for the people. More recently she has been humbled by her role as a conscious working mother of color to an amazing 4 year old preschooler!

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Adriana Garcia

Office Hours:
Monday through Thursday
9am - 6pm


Building: MLC 250

MLC Floor Layout


Last Updated: 3/8/18