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December 2021

Happy Holidays

Congratulations on a fantastic fall quarter! 


Check out more on our vision, mission, and victories in 2021!
Dear Readers,

As we close out the fall quarter, and 2021, I want to take this moment to reflect on what this project has done for me. Many of you may know me and many of you have no clue who I am--that's what happens on a campus the size of De Anza. We tend to stay around our familiar spaces, perhaps feeling disconnected or unheard. I have been at De Anza College since 2014. I was hired to work in the Bookstore and have been there through retirements, staff shortages, a global pandemic, and now, an outsourcing. I know that I'm not alone in these experiences, although, maybe we all feel that way at times. 

Guided Pathways has opened up so many relationships for me with individuals across campus, many of whom I'm sure I would never have met without this project. The true nature of Guided Pathways is collaboration and connection. The success of its design is through community participation. My message to you is this: if you feel like your voice isn't being heard or does not "matter" to the campus, reach out to us at
Guided Pathways. We need you! We are listening.

Lastly, some of my colleagues would like to share their thoughts with you about Guided Pathways.
--Jayme Brown, Editor
"GPSWAG aims to create a new and different structure for a representative group of students to make their voices heard in a more formal way, with the guaranteed ear of college and Guided Pathways leadership. We are all learning as we go, and want to hear ideas from across campus about how this group can have maximum positive impact."--Diana Alves de Lima

"We are putting care into building a collegial, communicative, respectful relationship with our high school partners."--Julie Wilson


"This is really exciting work and I hope all of campus will come to love it as much as I have. GP has to be all hands on deck and so my hope is that everyone will be on board and take ownership."--Hyon Chu Yi-Baker

"It's fun to get involved in Guided Pathways! Please come check it out."--Karen Chow

Gratitude Giveaway Prize Winners
Artistic Expression Village Winner

Jacqueline Perez
Jacqueline, a Film and Television major, was on her lunch break at work when she found out she had won the #VillageConnect Gratitude Giveaway contest. She was overjoyed! She was convinced she wouldn't win. The virtual event helped her understand more about what the Villages can do for her, and also learned about other resources on campus through her Village Canvas page. She hopes to see events in the future that connect her with other individuals in her Village and more about career paths in her field. 

She's excited for the next Village event, but until then she's focused on her goal of transferring to a 4-year university and using her free time to dive into the latest historical fiction or dystopian novel on the shelves.

We are so happy she's one of 6 Village prize winners!
Other winners: Jared Wong, Ikbal Chtir, Tannaz Anvari, and Britney Calimlim.

Not Pictured: Naimah Khan

Photo credit: Sarah Wallace
Our Student Focus group also awarded prizes to the following students for their work with student surveys:

Yamilet Gonzalez Ruiz: Microsoft Surface Pro 7

Emmy Gallagher: Microsoft Surface Go

Rabia Munir: TI-84 Graphing Calculator

Thank you to the De Anza College Bookstore for their donations to our students.
Enjoy a restful break!

Wishing you the best in 2022.

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