Our office is now open!

Location: East Cottage Building

Access our gender neutral bathroom Monday - Thursday from 9:00am to 6:00pm

Our team members will be in the office:

Mondays & Tuesdays @ 10:30am - 5:00pm

Wednesdays @ 10:00am - 4:00pm

Thursdays @ 11:00am - 6:00pm 

 VIDA is Hiring!!!

Leadership Social Justice Advocacy Commitment
Application includes projects such as: VIDA Office Staff, Environmental Justice, Renter's Rights, Racial Justice
deadline: Sunday, May 22, 2022 by 5pm PST


Contact VIDAOfficeStaff@gmail.com for more information!

vida spring hiring

Student Leadership Award Application

This award is for students who have exhibited extraordinary leadership on or off campus in their time at De Anza. Recipients of the Student Leadership Award will be recognized in the commencement program of the year they graduate and at the Student Leadership Recognition Gala date TBD.

All De Anza student leaders are eligible.

Please submit your nominations by Monday, May 23rd, 2022. You may nominate yourself or someone else. For any questions or concerns, please contact: Cynthia Kaufman, VIDA Director at kaufmancynthia@deanza.edu.

Student Leadership Award Application 

Welcome to VIDA!

VIDA'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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VIDA office is closed due to the Shelter in Place order due to the covid19 pandemic. We are available remotely and will continue to provide resources when possible

Stand Up for Black Lives and Against White Supremacy

Young Black man wearing a face mask and holding a cardboard sign that says "Black Lives Matter" at an outdoor public demonstrationVIDA stands with those around the country, and the world, who are protesting the murder of George Floyd, and other Black people who have recently been murdered by the police.

 We need to keep fighting for change until the police no longer serve the interests of white supremacy. White supremacy remains a core part of every aspect of our society, from who gets loans for homes, to who is protected from COVID-19, to who is protected by police, and who is murdered by them. We will not stop our work until no more Black and Brown people are murdered by the police. We will not stop our work until White Supremacy is completely uprooted from our society. 

Engaged Learning

If you are looking for a community partner for your service learning class, visit our Engaged 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.
  • Fill out the form with your information.
  • Under Program, choose "Other."
  • Type "VIDA" in the box and the amount you would like to donate.
Donate Now
For more information, contact Robin Latta at the Foothill-De Anza Foundation by emailing lattarobin@fhda.edu



Building: East Cottage

Cynthia Kaufman
Phone: 408.864.8739

Program Coordinator:
Angélica Esquivel
Email: esquivelangelica@fhda.edu
Phone: 408.864.8993

Student Staff: vidaofficestaff@gmail.com

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Office Hours:

Cynthia Kaufman
Zoom Office Hours:

Thursday 10:00-11:00am

Wednesday 12:30pm-1:30pm


or email to make an appointment.

Angélica Esquivel
Monday [12:30pm-2:00pm] 

Wednesday [2:00pm-3:00pm]

Thursday [11:00am-12:30pm]

Make an appointment: https://daappointments.deanza.edu/hefasonline/eSARS.asp?WCI=Init&WCE=Settings


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