Welcome to VIDA!

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Join us this Summer Quarter in ICS 19 Making a Difference: Transforming Relations of Nature, Community and Power. Learn the history of struggles for justice in the Silicon Valley. Learn about the organizations here working for community change. Engage in community-focused problem solving, personal reflection, and career exploration. 

This 4 unit class is a recommended course for the Certificate in Leadership and Social Change. It will be held Tuesdays from 6:00 pm to 8:15 pm and Thursdays from 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm . Classes will be held from June 28 to August 8. 

Instructor: Angelica Esquivel, Program Coordinator of VIDA


 Link to appply: https://forms.gle/Pwvfar5dNB3mUshC8

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

slogan of black lives matter and a supportive message from VIDA

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:

Tuesday [10:00-11:00am]: https://fhda-edu.zoom.us/j/97570891785

Wednesday [12:00pm] : https://fhda-edu.zoom.us/j/99037665853

Thursday [10:00-11:00am]: https://fhda-edu.zoom.us/j/96760752017

Angélica Esquivel
Monday [3:00-4:00pm]:  https://fhda- edu.zoom.us/j/6709748989

Wednesday [10:30-11:30am]:  https:// fhda-edu.zoom.us/j/6709748989


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