Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action! 

VIDA logoVIDA's mission is to empower students to become agents of change in their communities and beyond; to foster education that meets the needs of the communities we serve; and to help develop pathways to meaningful participation in local, state, and federal government decision making processes. 

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Upcoming Events

Anti Police Terror Project: Cat Brooks

Date: May 23, 2018
Time: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: Room L47

papPlease join us for a conversation with Cat Brooks, artivist, co-founder of the Police-Terror Project (APTP) running for mayor of Oakland. Come grab some pizza and learn how Cat works to impact inequitable social dynamics through communications, organizing, advocacy, public speaking and art.

Cat is executive Director of The Justice Teams Network and co-host of the morning drivetime radio show UpFront and a member of ONYX, the Black Power Network, Black Lives Matter-Bay Area and one of the Black Friday 14.

She recently wrote, starred and produced a one-woman show about the in-custody Tasing death of Natasha McKenna in a Fairfax County Jail in 2015.

Resist Displacement

May 21st, 11:30-1:30

resist displacement

Book Discussion: Communist Manifesto

May 23rd, 6-8pm

nook discussion

VIDA and Chill

May 30th, 3-6pm


Community Service Learning

If you are looking for a community partner for your service learning class, visit our Service Learning webpage.

Donate to VIDA

students at state capitolVIDA could not exist without generous supporters who believe in the power of civic engagement. After the death of Senator Vasconcellos,  VIDA received an extraordinary pledge to perpetuate the vision of the Institute of Community and Civic Engagement. Community members Jim and Becky Morgan pledged a challenge grant of $198,000 over three years in honor of Senator Vasconcellos' long history of civic work. Your gift will help the program match their generous donation.

Important information to direct your gift to VIDA: 

  • Click the "Donate Now" button below.
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  • Under Program, choose "Other."
  • Type "VIDA" in the box and the amount you would like to donate.

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For more information, contact Tess Chandler, Executive Director of the Foothill-De Anza Foundation, at 650.949.6149 or

VIDA Celebration

Watch a short video of the VIDA renaming event here, or visit YouTube to watch in full screen.




Building: East Cottage

Cynthia Kaufman
Phone: 408.864.8739

Program Coordinator:
Angélica Esquivel
Phone: 408.864.8993

Student Staff:

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