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.

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 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"?



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

Find More Resources



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: 

WATCH THE PANEL VIDEOS



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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