CAN/DID: Standing Against Racism and Injustice
Personal Story: "When We Have a Support System"
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 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.
CAN/DID Personal Stories: Experiences as a Black Person
This February, we launched a new miniseries, "CAN/DID Personal Stories." To commemorate Black History Month, the first installments have focused on the theme: "Experiences as a Black Person.” These new videos feature some of De Anza’s Black students, faculty members and classified professionals sharing their personal experiences and insights on this theme. We will continue to address major issues with future installments focusing on topics that are important to De Anza's Latinx and LGBTQ+ communities, and to all of us.
Iman Seale - Allies All Around You
Derrick Felton – It Came Like a River
Iman Seale – Nextdoor Experience
Payton Sample – Feeling Out of Place
Robert Alexander – Developing Tough Skin
Solidarity Through Storytelling – Iman Seale
Feeling Alienated – Khari Crawford
My Black Experience – Derrick Felton
Enduring Injustices, Part 2
– Deborah Taylor
The World is a Chessboard
– Derrick Felton
The Whitewashing of History
– Abriana Holliday
Seen Beyond My Intelligence
– President Lloyd Holmes
The Pressure to Work Harder
– Deborah Taylor
Why Black Representation is Important
– Daniel H.
Father-Son Talk on "Driving While Black"
– Payton Sample
Student Stopped by Police Multiple Times
– Robert Alexander
The Great Migration and Injustices
– Deborah Taylor
Previously In the Series
Previous installments in the CAN/DID series have explored perspectives on the Black Lives Matter movement, provided context and strategies for countering anti-Asian racism and celebrated De Anza's unique Intercultural Studies program.
What Is Black Lives Matter?
What does this important social movement mean to Black students, faculty members and classified professionals at De Anza?
Countering Anti-Asian Racism
What is the history behind anti-Asian racism and scapegoating during the pandemic – and how can we confront it?
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?
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.
- African American Studies
- Asian American and Asian Studies
- Intercultural/International Studies
- Women’s Studies
- Asian Pacific American Staff Association
- Black Faculty, Staff and Administrators Network
- De Anza Latinx Association
- Equity Action Council
Information and Support
- Addressing Anti-Asian Scapegoating
- President Holmes: Taking Action Against
- HEFAS: Higher Education for AB 540 Students
- Undocumented Student Resources
- Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education
- Standing Against Racism
- Equity and Engagement Division
- Institutional Research
- Psychological Services
- Women, Gender and Sexuality Center (formerly the Jean Miller Resource Room)
Here are some (mostly) local organizations that offer information, training and advocacy for racial equity and social justice.
- Asian Americans for Community Involvement
– training for leadership and advocacy
- Black Lives Matter
– information and activism
- Sacred Heart Community Service
– social justice education, Rapid Response Network for immigrants
- Showing Up for Racial Justice
– education and activities for white people who want to support equity
- Silicon Valley DeBug
– community organizing, advocacy
- SIREN – Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network
- Viet Unity – grassroots organization for social justice
League Highlights CAN/DID Project
CAN/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 league.org/innovations/search 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 @deanza.edu 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"?
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.
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:
Resources for Native American and Indigenous Studies
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.