Welcome to the Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education! 

For more information and special accomodations, please reach out to Adriana Garcia and or call at 408-864-5636, Mondays and Wednesdays 9am-3pm or reach out to DSPS at this email

The Equity Office is part of De Anza's Equity and Engagement Division. We are committed to the college's Student Equity Plan for 2019-2022

Black Lives Matter

Standing Against Racism Resources

The Office of Equity, Social Justice, and Multicultural Education joins the solidarity to offer our support and deepest condolences to the friends, family, and loved ones of the Buffalo 10 residents who lost their lives, and or were injured, while peacefully running errands to support themselves and their families.

Donate- Go Fund Me and How to Prevent Scams and FeedMore and for Mental Health Resources

Consistent with our values and mission of advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and justice, we call on our entire FHDA community to come together, offer each other solace and support, and always demonstrate the values of humanity and respect to lift up every day. To stand up against racism, bigotry, and hatred and never allow senseless acts of violence happen in our community we must continue to collectively denounce and act and violence in all its ugly and horrific forms, whether it be racial, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation, gender or otherwise.

"Let’s say their names, their lives matter:

  • Roberta A. Drury, 32, who had moved to Buffalo to be with her brother, who had a bone marrow transplant
  • Margus D. Morrison, 52
  • Andre Mackneil, 53
  • Aaron Salter, 55, a retired police officer who was working as a security guard in Top Friendly Mart grocery store. Aaron is a hero, who lost his life while attempting to stop the attacker.
  • Geraldine Talley, 62
  • Celestine Chaney, 65, a devoted grandmother
  • Heyward Patterson, 67, a dedicated churchgoer who drove people to and from the supermarket
  • Katherine Massey, 72, a community activist with a "beautiful soul", according to her sister
  • Pearl Young, 77, who dedicated her Saturdays to working in a soup kitchen
  • Ruth Whitfield, 86, who had just been to visit her husband in a care home

The youngest victim, store worker Zaire Goodman, 20, was released from hospital after being shot in the neck. Jennifer Warrington, 50, has also been treated and released, while Christopher Braden, 55, is in stable condition."

*From Right To Be 

Learn More - NPR, The Atlantic, The New Yorker,

Get Involved

On Campus: African American Studies, Students UMOJA, Black Faculty, Staff, Association, Men of Color, Black Student Union,

Community - Movement for BLMWhite-Allies SURJ, Asian Allies _People's Movement for Justice and Liberation

Muwekma Tribe - Call to Action

Learn Muwekma Ohlone Tribe and Partnering Up For a Brighter Future w/POST 

Donate Muwekma Foundation and  Help Restore Federal Recognition to Muwekma and COVID Relief Fund

ActSign the petition urging California's legislators to pass the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe resolution SJR 13 and Sign the Muwekma Letter to RESTORE FEDERAL RECOGNITION Back to the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Region

Mission Statement  

The Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education promotes — through programs and services — an academic, cultural and social environment that provides equity, social justice and academic success for all members of the De Anza College campus community. It supports the district and college missions, which consider diversity an essential component of student education in the 21st century.

The Equity Office takes this charge seriously. We have expanded our mission of fostering a climate of healthy diversity that values individual and group differences and respects the perspectives of others by working to eliminate institutional oppression or barriers that perpetuate inequity, injustice, and mono-cultural education.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month; check out the awesome events that APASA is facilitating in celebration.

College Access Leader and Consultant

APASA is hosting Speaker Meredith "Mer" Curry Nunez

For more information and special accommodations, reach out to event organizer, Karen Chow at chowkaren@fhda.edu

She/her serves her community as a Black and Filipina Bay Area native, advocate, and nonprofit leader. Mer is the Owner & Principal Consultant of AdvancED Consulting, LLC, a small consultancy firm with a California-focus serving BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and WOC (Womxn of Color) leaders and communities in reaching their highest potential. Whether it's implementing operations, activating authentic leaders, cultivating dynamic teams, institutionalizing flexible processes and procedures, or even reconnecting the body and mind through healing dance sessions and grounding meditations, Mer's personal and professional mission is to bring out the leader in all of us, and to redefine leadership to incorporate the critical element of HEALING.

See Events Below

"Exploring Intersectionality in the Workplace"

  • Wednesday, May 18, 2022 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Dr. Curry discusses intersectionalities and how it impacts leadership at work and school, and how you can explore what your strengths are.

"Defining your Leadership Style" Workshop

  • Wednesday, May 18, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Learn how to acknowledge who you are, what  you bring to the table, and adapt to present opportunities with specific strategies.

"Office Hours: Adopting Your Authentic Leadership Style"

  • Wednesday, May 25, 2022 from 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Taking what you learned on May 18, join Mer and others for office hours to ask questions, get feedback on goals and get more leadership tips and tools.

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Asian Representation in the Media

*Student Led Event

Tuesday, May 31, 2022


Virtual via zoom | Registration

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For more information and special accommodations: Anthony Santa Ana santaanaanthony@fhda.edu 

 Asian Representation in the Media

Sponsor: Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education

Funded by: De Anza Student Government (DASG)

Hosted by Claire Albis, Office of Equity Scholar Activist Intern, and in conversation with Rena Wei-Chinese-American NYU writer for MiscalculAsian Magazine & Kleigh Balugo -Pinay founder of Kindergarten Magazine and Podcast: "Being Asian in White Spaces".

Jewish American Heritage Month

May is also Jewish American Heritage Month and we are celebrating it here at De Anza for the first time in 2022 with a series of virtual events!

May 12 from 3-5 PM

An Afternoon with Gabriella Karin

Register to Attend

May 16 from 2-4 PM

Intersectional Jewish Identities Panel

Register to Attend

May 19 from 3-5 PM

Jewish Diversity and Inclusive Learning Communities

Register to Attend

For more information contact: Dr. Tabia Lee, Faculty Director for the Office of Equity, Social Justice, and Multicultural Education

 Heritage Month Workgroup Forming

A Heritage Month Workgroup is forming to build our capacity and coordination for recognition and acknowledgment of the diverse Heritage Months. The Heritage Month Workgroup will provide support and assistance for celebrating the Heritage Months that are central to our efforts to elevate inclusion, diversity, and equity for a more connected and engaged learning community.

If you are a member of an affinity group that organizes heritage month events, we appreciate your input and look forward to continued support of your efforts as we also seek to round out our Heritage Month celebrations, fill in the gaps, and take the necessary steps to celebrate even more diverse Heritage Months at De Anza College.

At this time, we are looking at one meeting during the Spring Quarter to get some collaborations going on the 2022-2023 Heritage Month Calendar. We welcome you to join in on the Heritage Month Workgroup Meeting  June 9 from 3:00-4:30 PM on Zoom.

All are welcome to participate in the workgroup and to complete the Heritage Month  Survey to inform our efforts.

For more information contact: Dr. Tabia Lee, Faculty Director for the Office of Equity, Social Justice, and Multicultural Education

Ethnic Studies 

Solidarity an Art Exhibition: Demonstrating Art with the Theme of Solidarity

*Student Led Event

June 9, 2022


In Person: De Anza College @ The Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education Office (MLC 250)

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Solidarity Art Exhibition

Sponsor: Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education

Funded by: De Anza Student Government (DASG)

Hosted by Ricardo Sanchez, Office of Equity Scholar Activist Intern. An afternoon of amazing performances and solidarity themed art pieces. Come chill and connect. Light snacks will be served.

If you would like to submit art pieces and/or perform, the requirements are:

  • Must be related to the solidarity theme
  • Painting, sculptures, and photos highly recommended
  • Poetry and music performances encouraged

Please submit by June 7, 2022 and contact Ricky at EquityOffice@deanza.edu

For more information and special accommodations: Anthony Santa Ana santaanaanthony@fhda.edu  

Program Reviews Due May 20, 2022

It’s Program Review Time and you don’t have to go it alone.

Should you require technical assistance with completing your Program Review and/or aligning it with our Student Equity Plan Goals, drop in to the Faculty Director Zoom Drop-In Office Hours Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11:30-12:30 - Join in any time and/or Reserve an Appointment with Lee Talk to you soon!

For more information contact: Dr. Tabia Lee, Faculty Director for the Office of Equity, Social Justice, and Multicultural Education

On-Demand Jewish Inclusion and Anti-Semitism Community Education

In Winter 2022 we held a virtual summit to center Jewish Inclusion at a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise locally and globally. The Jewish Inclusion and Anti-Semitism Community Education Summit topics included: Defining Anti-Semitism, Protecting Freedom of Expression in the Face of Rising Intolerance, Crossing the Line 2: The New Face of Anti-Semitism on Campus, Intersectional Identities: Diverse Voices from the Jewish Community, and Forgotten Refugees: The Mass Exodus of Jews from Arab Countries and Iran in the 20th Century. We are most thankful to the community advisors and panelists who made the summit a great success!

Please visit the Summit website to review the event recordings and explore the resources to extend the learning: https://tinyurl.com/DeAnzaJewishInclusion 

For more information contact: Dr. Tabia Lee, Faculty Director for the Office of Equity, Social Justice, and Multicultural Education

2021 Event Recordings 

Watch some of our previous events for Equity inspiration.


Districtwide Professional Development

Dr Joy DeGruy: The Conversation Continues

See the source imageIn April, the district held the third event in a series of conversations with Dr. Joy DeGruy to deepen our understanding of the effects of institutional racism, discrimination, and marginalization, and steps we can take within our district to become a more equitable learning and work environment. here is this recommended self directed study for this event. Check out her YouTube Channel

For More Informaiton: Pat Hylan HylandPat@deanza.edu.


To continue exploring and studying Dr. DeGruy's work, please visit this Foothill-De Anza LibGuide: An Introduction to Dr. Joy DeGruy and Anti-Racism

For more information, please send an email to Keri Kirkpatrick kirkpatrickkeri@fhda.edu 

Stop Asian Hate

  • Stop AAPI Hate: You can report incidents of aggression, racial profiling, and violence here in English, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese. The Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council created this reporting center.
  • In this historic year of cultural shifts, we invite you to align to the core values of equity and social justice. We have opportunities to be upstanders and we can learn from these Educational Resources on Anti-Asian Scapegoating created by the Asian American Studies department.

More Resources Against Racism

We Stand by Our International Students at De Anza

Equity and Justice Resources

What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!

Please see our Conceptual Framework visual, explore our website regarding Guiding Assumption and Core Values and equity resources as well as student resources during this online learning experience. Check out these webpages, too:

Stay Connected!

All of us in the academy and in the culture as a whole are called to renew our minds if we are to transform educational institutions-and society-so that the way we live, teach, and work can reflect our joy in cultural diversity, our passion for justice, and our love of freedom.

- bell hooks, scholar

We are Back!

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Adriana Garcia

Administrative Assistant

Connect with us

Visit us @ MLC 250

M + W 9am-3pm 

Call us 408-864-5636

Make a zoom appointment:  Link


Visit Us Here:

Building MLC: MLC 250 (View Map)

(West Side of Campus, 2nd Floor at the west end, right hand door)

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