The Equity and Engagement Division oversees programs that promote some of the key values of De Anza College – including equity, civic engagement, social justice and inclusion.

These programs are focused on

  • Addressing inequities in higher education
  • Providing resources to help students overcome social barriers
  • Preparing students to become active participants and leaders in a democratic society

Reading Project: One Book, One College, One Community

Join this shared experience of intellectual engagement and dialogue! Everyone is invited to read and participate in a collegewide conversation about “The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart” by Alicia Garza, co-creator of the Black Lives Matter Global Network. Check the "One Book" webpage for information and upcoming activities.

Our Programs Include 

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Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education

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 at De Anza. The office is also home to the Jean Miller Resource Room for Women, Gender and Sexuality.

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Honors Program

The goal of the De Anza Honors Program is to engage, support and challenge self-motivated students to pursue a deeper education based on the principles of continuous intellectual growth, critical thinking, service-leadership and academic integrity, thereby enabling them to create opportunities for success in both their personal and professional lives.

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Learning in Communities

The Learning in Communities (LinC) program integrates two or more subjects to create a better and easier understanding of both. Students in the program work with a community of LinC members in the linked classes, helping each other succeed and making friends along the way.

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Student Success Center

The Student Success Center  supports classroom instruction with tutoring services to help students at all levels become better learners and gain the confidence and skills to achieve their greatest possible academic success.

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Student Success and Retention Services

Student Success and Retention Services (SSRS) works to address historical and institutional inequities resulting in achievement gaps for underserved students. SSRS fosters a community of learners and leaders through innovative services and teaching methods that increase retention, persistence, graduation and transfer rates. SSRS also houses First Year Experience, IMPACT AAPI, the Puente ProjectSummer Bridge and the Umoja Community.

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Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action (VIDA)

The Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy (VIDA) empowers students to become agents of change in their communities and beyond. VIDA fosters education that meets the needs of the communities we serve. It helps develop pathways to meaningful participation in local, state and federal government decision-making processes.

Dean's Office

Dean Alicia Cortez

Alicia Cortez
Division Dean



Angelita Pabros
Division Assistant



Office Location

Building MLC, Room 250
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Program contacts


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