We're the IIS Division – Welcome!

students on steps outside Cal History CenterOur division includes De Anza's pioneering Ethnic Studies programs, as well as International Studies (Global Studies), Women's Studies and 12 different World Language programs – from American Sign Language to Vietnamese.

Our programs are designed to assist you in developing a sophisticated knowledge and critical understanding of the multiple definitions and elements of culture, including the psychology, history and sociology of language, politics, and power dynamics in human relationships at the individual, interpersonal, and institutional or systemic levels. 

Ethnic Studies Multiracial Panel Series

Our Histories, Our Experiences, Our Lives: From Learning to Collective Action

Please join us for this online series of panel discussions and dialogues, which will bring together faculty representatives from our four core areas of ethnic studies, along with students, classified professionals and administrators from these racial, ethnic and cultural communities.

These panels were developed for everyone to learn from, about and with each other – with the goal of building multiracial alliances and a multiracial coalition at De Anza College, to support structural and systemic change, here and beyond.

The panels will convene on five consecutive Fridays, from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

  • Friday, April 30: African American Studies
  • Friday, May 7: Asian American and Asian Studies
  • Friday, May 14: Chicanx/Latinx Studies
  • Friday, May 21: Native American and Indigenous Studies
  • Friday, May 28: Comparative Ethnic Studies – Building Multiracial Alliances

We encourage participation in the entire series, for full inclusion and understanding. 

Please Register in Advance to Attend

Two hours of PGA credit will be awarded for each session. Part-time faculty members are eligible for additional pay for each session.

The series was developed by the Intercultural and International Studies Division in collaboration with the Office of Professional Development.


Departments and Areas of Study

We invite you to explore our course offerings, and our certificate and degree programs, in subjects that can build your capacity to work effectively in a wide range of fields – including community advocacy, education, public policy and many more.

Our Intercultural Studies (ICS) program has a special importance at De Anza College. We are the only program at the college from which students must take at least one course as a requirement for graduation with an AA or AS degree. This requirement stems from a recognition that every individual can benefit from the understanding to be gained from ICS courses.


Featured for Spring 2021

Intercultural Studies (ICS)

ICS 19: Making a Difference – Transforming Relations of Nature, Community and Power

Asian American and Asian Studies (ASAM)

The Asian American and Asian Studies department is offering six courses in spring 2021 – see the department website for details.


IIS Division Office

The IIS Division office is located in De Anza’s Multicultural Center (MCC) – one of the hearts of our campus, where individuals, small groups and student organizations of all kinds can study, plan and organize together. The MCC is used for meetings, special events and community-building activities with a multicultural flavor. Activities are supported by De Anza Student Government (DASG) funding – so please come and use this communal space! 

Dean's Office

Multicultural Center

Edmundo Norte
Division Dean

408.864.8443
norteedmundo@deanza.edu

Mary Medrano
Division Administrative Assistant

408.864.8769
medranomary@deanza.edu


Spring Hours

The campus is currently closed because of COVID-19.

The division administrative assistant is available during these hours on Monday through Friday

  • 8 a.m. to noon
  • 1 to 5 p.m.

About the MCC

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