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October 2021
~Happy Fall~
We had such a great turn out for our Villages' Welcome Day event. Thank you to everyone who participated in making De Anza Villages the place to be! Permanent Canvas shells for each Village are up and running. Read more about this below.

Make sure to scroll to the bottom for upcoming Village events and activities!

Guided Pathways is working to create community across
De Anza College.


Welcome to Your New Home Away From Home: Second Phase for The Villages

The Villages and the virtual Canvas shells that represent them are in the second stage of the Villages launch. Welcome Day, the first stage of the unveiling, was a wildly successful event that included the participation of nearly 1,000 students. Wednesday, October 20th, saw 15,000 students, virtually all instructional faculty, and classified professionals with direct ties to a department or division enrolled in their Villages. We are off to a great start! 

A quick note about Canvas notifications
Many of you will want to be in these shells but not receive notifications from them. You can change your notification preferences for the Village Shell only to help with this.
  1. Go to your Villages Canvas Shell.
  2. Click the "View Course Notifications" button on the right side of the screen.
  3. You can disable all notifications from the course with the toggle switch at the top. 
Or, you can select which notifications you want to receive in the list that appears.

The future of the Villages is full of “next phases,”  including the sorting and organizing of all students who are undeclared, those who chose “transfer” as a focus, and those still attending high school. We are working diligently now to automate these processes for next year. 
All other De Anza employees will begin their integration into Villages via a series of Professional Development Workshops designed to support each group as they determine how they best serve, and are served by, the Villages. Employees will have the opportunity to earn PGA and PAA, while planning our campus-wide integrations and participating in various projects meant to bring these communities together. 

During this planning phase, we also think it might also be helpful to pilot some aspect of various classified and counseling services and programs into the Villages. In this way, we can identify successes and challenges as we develop best practices in the workshop series. If your program or group wants to be part of this pilot program, please let us know via Kim Palmore

 We appreciate your commitment to, and your patience with, Guided Pathways and the Villages during this launch year. We thank you for the support you have already provided through ideas and team participation. We are excited to watch this project unfold in the coming year, and we hope you are looking forward to working with all of your colleagues in your Village, a smaller, more inclusive and equitable community group that will help us connect, professionalize, and better serve ourselves, each other, and most importantly, students. 

Villages Support Campus Book 
The Villages are supporting the One Book, One College, One Community initiative by encouraging faculty, staff and students to attend Alicia Garza's upcoming author event on October 28th and to participate in their Village communities in future activities related to the initiative. Future Villages activities include an all-college event highlighting presentations on the themes of Racial Justice and Democracy from students across the Villages as well as a Village showcase of creative projects stemming from the One Book, One College, One Community initiative in Spring quarter. Updates on this exciting project to come!
Join Alicia Garza on October 28th at 1:30 P.M. 

"Hashtags don’t start movements — people do."
More On This Project from The Office of Equity and Engagement
In partnership with the Office of the President and the Division of Equity and Engagement we are launching this fall our inaugural, One Book, One College, One Community initiative.

This initiative began early winter quarter, 2021, when a subcommittee within the Division of Equity and Engagement began working on identifying a book that could be used college-wide to create a shared community experience and deepen intellectual engagement on campus while fostering meaningful dialogue across programs.  Many colleges and universities have implemented similar common reading programs to enrich student's first year of college and to bridge different academic disciplines, student life and student services. 

The sub-committee created a survey that was sent out to classified, faculty and students via senates in February soliciting ideas, books and possible themes. Based on the survey, the committee selected the theme: Racial Justice and the Crisis of Democracy and selected the book by Alicia Garza, The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart.

This will be year-long with various projects across disciplines, departments and hoping to culminate with projects emerging from the new Guided Pathways Villages. 

How Can YOU
Get Involved?
There are great opportunities to engage and support these conversations across campus. Here are just a few for you to consider.
  • Join in the campus conversation and sign up for the college book club. *Copies will be available to participants
CommUNITY Book Club

  • Add the book, a chapter, or an assignment to your course for winter or spring
Stephanie Anderson, Communication Studies Faculty created a Canvas shell with resoruces for use by staff and faculty.  "When we began this project, we wanted to reach as many people in our community as possible. In order for students, staff, and faculty to engage with Alicia Garza's The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart, we recognized that we needed to provide everyone with easily accessible resources."

As an instructor, it can be very difficult to
  • Include new course materials or assignments with very little prep time.
  • Have conversations about topics such as power, anti-racism, and equity.  
In order to help facilitate some of these conversations, the One Book team collaboratively created easily modifiable assignments, gathered supplemental resources, and brainstormed campus events that would help our community interact with the book with minimal extra effort. These resources were compiled on a Canvas page so anyone who was interested in engaging in this project could participate. Anderson says," We hope for these resources to leave space for our community to explore difficult dialogues around complex topics such as equity, leadership, whiteness, and power."

  • Get creative! Submit your design or encourage others to

De Anza Art instructors, Diana Argabrite and Eugene Rodriguez, have been integral creators of an upcoming event in partnership with the One Book, One College, One Community initiative, the Euphrat Museum of Art’s next exhibition, Common Ground, and the 2022 Silicon Valley Reads books and theme. Rodriguez says, "we are planning a collaborative public art project that will bring campus and community together." This will include a winter quarter student mural at De Anza, a digital mural at the Cupertino City Hall complex and library, and an Art & Equity Pop-Up Pop Art event in March.

Picturing the World We Want to See

Participants of all ages will be invited to create new emoji designs to represent what they want to see in the world. De Anza students will also reference history and the world as it is. 


Argabrite added, "We’ll invite submissions of global emoji style images to represent kindness, resilience, equity, and other reflections of what they want to see in their lives and communities." The murals will be designed to include memorable selfie opportunities.

Instructional ties to De Anza include Design and Acrylic Painting classes, the Euphrat’s Arts & Schools Program with planned outreach to HEFAS and other programs and arts and humanities faculty. 

Artistic Expression


Winter Class Planning Workshop
11/19 @11:00A.M.-1:00 P.M.

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Language and Communication


Transfer Application Essay Workshop
11/18 @ 3:30P.M.-5:00 P.M.
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Business and Finance


Winter Quarter Prep Party: Registration Doesn't Have to be Scary!
10/28 @ 5:00 P.M.-6:30 P.M.
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Physical Sciences and Technology


Fall 2021Career Panel
11/4 @ 4:30P.M.

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Health and Life Sciences


Allied Health Career Panel
10/21 @ 5:00 P.M.- 6:30 P.M.

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Social Sciences and Humanities


Student Voices: It Takes A Village...:
11/10 @ 3:00P.M-5:00 P.M.
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Contributions by Stephanie Anderson, Diana Argabrite, Alicia Cortez, Anu Khanna, Kim Palmore, and Eugene Rodriguez

Editor: Jayme Brown

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