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

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For more information and special accomodations at our in person and or virtual events, please reach out to Adriana Garcia and or call at 408-864-5636, vist us Mondays and Wednesdays 9am-3pm or reach out to DSPS at this email. You can review De Anza's Web Accessibility info page.

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

Office of Equity 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.


In the Bay Area, many organizations reclaim Native American culture and center historical truth through the concept of Thankstaken.  For More Information, to learn, get involved, donate and participate and or volunteer, please lean on the following sources of learning: Muwekma, Raymatush, Amah Mutsun and Esselen, the Tamien Nation, and local nonprofit Indian Health Center located within De Anza's surrounding communities, places where are college students live, work, and socialize.

In the meantime, Learn more about the American Indian Movement and its contribution to advancing indigenous rights in the United States. From an international solidarity lens, check out the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Website and document with articles particularly the latest call to action for better protection of indigenous women and girls

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

Colorado Springs Club Q 

Our heart goes to the victims of this mass shooting. We stand in solidarity with our LGBTQA+ community during this tragic and painful time which is no less receiving grand expressions of solidarity and love by the local community and elsewhere . Please reach out to the Pride Center for further in person support and online resources. Email PelusiJamie@deanza.edu and visit the center. Check out Club Q's Instagam account to learn about the community's journey towards healing. In the meantime, donate to the victims of Club Q mass shooting, Coloring Healing Fund.

For other upcoming Heritage Months...

Please reach out to the affinity groups, DALA (Raza History Month), APASA for Diwali, Filipinx Studies (Filipino American History Month), the Land Acknowledgment working committee (Indigenous Peoples Day and Thankstaken), BFSA, and the LGBTQ Affinity Group or Pride Center

November is Native American Heritage Month and Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month at De Anza College

This is our inaugural year of recognizing both heritage months. Please review the Faculty Director Communications for more information about the recognition of these heritage months at De Anza College. 

Faculty Director Communications Archive: https://tinyurl.com/OESJMEFacDirectorComms

Learn More about the Tamien Nation

The Tamien Nation is indigenous to Santa Clara County and De Anza College lands; watch a video of a presentation by their Chairwoman to learn more.

 Video Source: Santa Clara University's Archives and Special Collections "Voices from the Aboriginal Homeland: The History of the Tamien Nation" with featured speaker Quirina Luna Geary, Enrolled Citizen and Chairwoman of the Tamien Nation (January 25, 2022)

Learn more at: https://www.tamien.org/


The Race in Racial Equity Workshop and Interactive Activities

In AY 21-22 we started an exploration of individual and collective definitions of Equity and Equality. In AY 22-23 we are turning our attention to the race in racial equity. If you missed the workshop, check out the video and interactive activities for equity practitioners, students, and community members that are posted at the resource site. The interactive activites are resources that can be used to  unpack the hidden, unspoken, unexamined, and pervasive philosophies/ideologies of race, racism, and racial equity that shape our educational practices and policies. 

Race Ideologies Resource Site: https://tinyurl.com/RaceIdeologiesResources

Racelessness Learning Community

The video recording of our amazing and informative workshop with Dr. Sheena Mason from District Opening Day will post in the coming weeks. All District employees are invited to join us in the late-winter or spring quarter for the Racelessness Learning Community with Dr. Sheena Mason.  

Bookmark the learning community page at:  https://www.tinyurl.com/FHDARacelessness 

 More Opportunities to Learn

For the latest information about workshops and opportunities to learn with  Dr. Tabia Lee, Faculty Director for the Office of Equity, Social Justice, and Multicultural Education visit Dr. Lee's website

Black Lives Matter

Standing Against Racism Resources

Get Involved

On Campus: African American Studies, Students UMOJA, Black Student Union, and with our colleagues BFSA -Black Faculty, Staff, Association, Men of Color

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

On-Demand Jewish Inclusion & Anti-Semitism Community Education

In Winter 2022  a virtual summit was hosted 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

Mon, Tues, Wed 9am-3pm 

Call us 408-864-5636

Join me on zoom: 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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