Dean's Office

Edmundo Norte

Division Dean

(408) 864-8443

Mary Medrano

Division Administrative Assistant

(408) 864-8769

(408) 864-5491

Welcome to our Division!

The Intercultural Studies Department offers an interdisciplinary major leading to certificates, an A.A. degree, or transfer in Intercultural (Ethnic) Studies.  This major represents the joint commitment of the African America, Asian American and Asian, Chicanx/Latinx, Native American, and core Intercultural Studies areas, and provides a diverse curriculum whose educational objectives include the following:

  • Develop a methodology emphasizing comparative analyses of the history, politics, social dynamics, and current  challenges and opportunities of historically marginalized communities of color;
  • Develop the skills and capabilities to critically analyze information prevalent in the dominant  culture from the perspective of historically marginalized communities of color;
  • Examine ethnicity theory, race relations theory, feminist theory, cross-cultural communications theory, peace/conflict/ reconciliation theory, healing and social transformation theory and practices, and explore the intersectional and multidimensional issues of racism, institutions, power as they relate to advocating for equity and social justice.

The major also examines the need for and role of multiracial alliances, economic class analysis, and provides expertise in areas that will allow students to develop the critical analysis, interpersonal capacities, and leadership and organizing skills to be responsive to the needs of historically marginalized communities of color in the short term, and to contribute to long-term systemic transformation for equity and social justice.

Winter  Hours


  • 7:30am-12:30pm
  • 12:30-1:30pm (Closed)
  • 1:30pm-4:30pm

  Friday 7:30am-4:00PM (12:00pm-12:30pm Closed )

  The office will be closed on 1/20/2020



The IIS Division is located in the Multicultural Center (MCC).

The Multicultural Center (map) at De Anza College is a gathering place for intellectual and cultural engagement, for student and community organizing, and for hosting a wide range of Campus groups and services for and by our students, faculty, staff, and community. The MCC aims to foster a safe and welcoming space where people come together across intersecting differences in openness and respect, and to facilitate meaningful interaction, learning, civic engagement, and mutual appreciation.

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