Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action


Certificate in Leadership and Social Change

The Leadership and Social Change certificate prepare students to be leaders in their communities and at their workplaces by gaining in-depth knowledge of social structures that define their worlds, and how to transform those structures in order to make the world a more equitable place. 


VIDA Internship

The VIDA internship is a 10-month internship designed to support student organizing around promoting access to and success in higher education for community college students.


Community Service Learning (CSL)

Community Service Learning is a form of experiential education in which students apply knowledge, skills, critical thinking and good judgment to address genuine community needs. CSL can be required or can be attached as additional credit in G.E. courses from all disciplines at De Anza College.


Youth and Student Leadership

Youth Voices United for Change (YVUC) is De Anza 's Annual Leadership conference, which connects high school and college students to community-based youth and student organizations. The conference offers workshops on a variety of youth-identified topics such as financing your college education, community building, exploring identity, self-empowerment, media training, and cultural and social activism. Community partners and De Anza student organizations design and give the workshops.

vida brochure

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LEAD, Latina/o Empowerment at De Anza aims to help students find a connection to our college and their communities and understand how powerful they can be as agents for positive social change. LEAD! courses are English Writing, English Literature, and Intercultural Studies courses that emphasize Latina/o culture, history, literature, and social issues with a strong emphasis on service learning projects. 


Campus Camp Wellstone

Campus Camp Wellstone is an intensive and energizing training program that is open to De Anza students interested in gaining practical skills in progressive political action. A distinctive curriculum is taught by some of the nation's leading experts in grassroots politics and organizing along three elements: progressive public policy, which lays out an agenda for action; grassroots community organizing, which builds a constituency to fight for change; and grassroots electoral politics, which provides tools for influencing and holding decision-makers accountable. 

This year's training will take place TBD. If you are interested in participating, please contact Professor Nicky Yuen at 408.864.8535 or

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Building: East Cottage

Director: Cynthia Kaufman
Phone: 408.864.8739

Program Coordinator: Angelica Esquivel
Phone: 408.864.8993

Student Staff:


Last Updated: 10/2/17