CAN/DID: Standing Against Racism and Injustice

"If I Could Have One Wish Come True ..."

What Is CAN/DID?

  • An ongoing multimedia series that builds on the knowledge and experience of De Anza College students, faculty members and classified professionals
  • An exploration of equity and social justice issues – including lessons we can all learn from the struggles of many different groups and individuals

CAN/DID is celebrating Pride Month with a new series of videos featuring members of the LGBTQ+ community at De Anza. We're also planning more installments in the Personal Stories series – coming soon!

We will continue to address major issues with new videos focusing this year on topics that are important to De Anza's Latinx and LGBTQ+ communities, and to all of us.

Below, you can watch previous installments in the CAN/DID Inclusion series.

"Love Comes In So Many Different Forms"

New Installments: CAN/DID Personal Stories

Earlier this year, we launched a new miniseries – "CAN/DID Personal Stories" – to share personal experiences and insights from members of the De Anza community.

  • To commemorate Black History Month in February, the first installments featured students, faculty members and classified professionals speaking about their "Experiences as a Black Person." You'll find these on the Personal Stories page.
  • In May, to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we released more installments featuring members of the De Anza community sharing some of their personal stories. You can also view these on the Personal Stories page.

View More Personal Stories

Who Created Ms. Marvel?Celebrating History and Heritage 

Who created Ms. Marvel? Who invented the Fender Stratocaster guitar?

See all the special TikTok videos created by De Anza's Office of Communications for AAPI Heritage Month and Women's History Month in 2022. 

Profiles include a variety of individuals who have made unique contributions, including women who have made a big impact in science, medicine and mountaineering.

View the Heritage TikToks

CAN/DID Series Wins National Recognition

De Anza’s CAN/DID Inclusion Series has been honored for outstanding communication and creativity by a national organization of communications professionals. The series earned a Silver Paragon award from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations – which draws members from two-year colleges across the U.S. and Canada. The award was in the category for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion campaigns.

Previously In the Series

Black man in sportcoat: What Is Black Lives Matter?

What Is Black Lives Matter?

What does this important social movement mean to Black students, faculty members and classified professionals at De Anza?

Watch the Videos

Young Asian woman: What Are the Effects of Anti-Asian Scapegoating

Countering Anti-Asian Racism

What is the history behind anti-Asian racism and scapegoating during the pandemic – and how can we confront it?

Watch the Videos

Smiling Latinx man in front of 3 smiling students: Inclusion in Practice at De Anza

Intercultural Studies at De Anza

What are the vision and goals behind the creation of De Anza's ethnic studies program – and what makes it unique?

Watch the Videos

About the Name

"Can" represents the opportunity for action and positive progress. "Did" acknowledges the history – good and bad – that we are building on. And "candid" means open and honest, which the series will be.

CAN/DID is produced by De Anza's Office of Communications in consultation with the Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education and other campus experts.



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The series was developed to expand on collegewide efforts that followed the murder of George Floyd in May 2020. Those efforts included funding of a full-time, permanent position for an Umoja program counselor, online discussions and activities for students and employees, and the creation of the Standing Against Racism resource webpage.

Resources for Support and Further Exploration

College Resources

Academic Programs

Campus Organizations

Information and Support

Learning Communities

Community Resources

Here are some (mostly) local organizations that offer information, training and advocacy for racial equity and social justice.

League Highlights CAN/DID Project

thumbnail for Anti-Asian scapegoating videoCAN/DID was highlighted in 2021 by the national League for Innovation in the Community College, in an article on its website and in its “League Connections” email newsletter for July.

De Anza employees can read the article on the League’s resource website – or find it at by selecting “Diversity,” “Equity” or “Inclusion” as the topic and “Project Highlight” as the type, before clicking the search button.

(If you don't have a password, you can create an account with your email address.)


What Is "Black Lives Matter"?

Several videos in the CAN/DID Inclusion Series have explored the Black Lives Matter movement and what it means to De Anza students, classified professionals and faculty members. 

The videos share candid perspectives on

  • What is "Black Lives Matter"?
  • What does "Black Lives Matter" mean to you?
  • Why do we say "Black Lives Matter" instead of "All Lives Matter"?

What Is "Black Lives Matter"?

What Does "Black Lives Matter"
Mean to You?

Why Do We Say "Black Lives Matter" 
Instead of "All Lives Matter"?

Countering Anti-Asian Racism and Scapegoating

These videos in the CAN/DID series examined anti-Asian scapegoating and racist attacks on people of Asian descent during the COVID-19 pandemic. Instructor Mae Lee, chair of Asian American and Asian Studies, provides historic context and tools for understanding and confronting this racism – by using an Asian Americanist analysis.

Effects of Anti-Asian Racism and Scapegoating

How Do We Make Sense of What's Going On?

Anti-Asian Racism: Beyond Acts of Hate

What Can We Do About Anti-Asian Racism?

In a February 2021 email to students, faculty and classified professionals, President Lloyd A. Holmes outlined plans for a collegewide response to anti-Asian racism. That response includes opportunities for the college community to share knowledge and solidarity against racism. Visit the Standing Against Racism webpage to learn more. 

Stop AAPI Hate logo

iHollaback bystander tips

Report Hate Crimes

Learn Intervention Strategies

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Inclusion in Practice: Intercultural Studies at De Anza

In these CAN/DID videos, Dean Edmundo Norte of the Intercultural and International Studies Division explained the vision and goals that drive ethnic studies programs at De Anza. 

Inclusion in Practice at De Anza, Part I

Inclusion in Practice at De Anza, Part II

Inclusion in Practice at De Anza, Part III

Ethnic Studies Multiracial Panel Series: "Our Histories, Our Experiences, Our Lives"

This panel discussion series was developed by De Anza's Intercultural and International Studies Division – the only academic division of its kind at a California community college – in collaboration with the Office of Professional Development. The events featured faculty members, classified professionals and students sharing their experiences and perspectives relating to the core areas of ethnic studies at De Anza: 


Read the CAN/DID Newsletter

The Office of Communications will keep the college community informed about new installments in the series, through social media posts and emails to De Anza's faculty and classified professional staff, among others. Below you'll find links to the email messages.

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