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April 2022

Enrollment Day 2022!

Join Your Village in person!

The Villages will be represented at Enrollment Day, April 30th, on campus. This is a great opportunity to meet and greet soon-to-be De Anza students and welcome them to the Village community. Our main focus will be on the Villages; what they are, why they matter, and why De Anza College is the place to discover their village and meet fellow classmates on similar paths. Student services will be present to help with any enrollment questions.

Interested in joining us? Email Brian Malone or Anu Khanna
for details. 

Partners in Learning Conference
Event Information
Please join us on Friday, May 6 from 12:30-2:30 for a two-hour conversation and strategy session designed to help us come back better.  This year’s virtual Partners in Learning Conference invites all constituency groups to come together for community building discussions centered around what we have all learned during COVID that will inform our ethics and practices of service to students in the “New Normal”.  We will begin the conference by sharing our experiences and considering how our work has changed. We will then work towards applied outcomes for daily practice.  The process will be facilitated by students from the Guided Pathways Student Working Advisory Group.  Special thanks to Russell Hong from Communications for offering facilitation training to our student team.  Please mark your calendars and look for registration links coming soon!

Upward Momentum: Student-Ready Rapid Response Team Awarded Grant for Justice Involved Initiative 

We are excited to announce that our team working on the initiative for Justice Involved Students has recently been awarded a Rising Scholars Network grant from the Educational Services and Support Division of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. The Rising Scholars Network serves California’s incarcerated and formerly incarcerated community college students. De Anza and Foothill applied for this grant together as a team and we are excited and look forward to building these programs for our students.
More on Rising Scholars Network

Full Time Foster Youth Counselor Added with Help of Guided Pathways Work


The full-time Guardian Scholars counselor will enable the EOPS program to provide a comprehensive set of services for current and former foster youth/youth in care served by the Guardian Scholars program and will provide structural integrity for the program, provide resources to ensure equity, engage the students so that they can develop their individual human capacity. In addition, this counselor will enhance students learning and development via the institutional core competencies and through academic and personal development activities. This counselor will provide in-reach and outreach and a wide range of services to facilitate student development and success including: 

  • Individualized academic and personal counseling services 

  • Facilitate access to financial and other basic needs resources  

  • Academic, personal and professional development workshops 

  • Individualized academic support 

  • Career and transfer counseling assistance 

  • Referral to on and off campus resources and services 

  • Academic progress monitoring and retention follow-up services 

In line with the college’s equity goals, providing these services will ensure an ethic of care and support and cultivate an environment that will facilitate students’ growth, development and success.  It will also build a sustainable community to nurture the students as they pursue their academic, personal and professional goals. 

Featured Core Value
"We embrace the institutional responsibility to be student-ready and to proactively assist students in obtaining necessary resources." 

Five Months of Strategic Planning Workshops Result in Proposed Draft of Initiatives

The most recent Strategic Planning Workshop was held April 18th focusing on feedback from those campus community members who have participated in numerous vital conversations over the course of 4 workshops.

Based on feedback shared so far, the following changes were made:

• Incorporated Student Success Factors into the fabric of the institutional initiatives, rather than listing as a stand-alone metric.
• Added Foster Youth, LGBTQ+ and Native American, Pacific Islander to the student population areas of focus.
• Added back Filipinx students to the student population areas of focus
• Added Mental Health to the Basic Needs goal.

Guided Pathways work is integrated into the college's road map for the next 5 years. 



  • October-November: Development of Planning Process
  • December-March: Strategic Planning Workshops
  • April: Assembling Draft Plan
    • College Planning Committee will incorporate input from workshops into draft plan
    • Draft plan to be reviewed by constituency groups
    • Feedback to be incorporated into draft Educational Master Plan document
  • May: Collegewide Review
    • May 2-6: Draft EMP posted on Strategic Planning webpage
    • May 9 (1-2 p.m.): Review of Draft Strategic Plan
    • May 2-12: Submit feedback on draft to College Planning Committee representatives
    • May 12: College Planning Committee meets to review
    • May 19: College Council first review
  • June: Final Approval
    • College Planning Committee will incorporate input from governance groups
    • Plan will be submitted to College Council for final review and approval June 9

UPCOMING EVENT: Monday, May 9th, 1-2 p.m. Review of Draft Strategic Plan

If you or anyone you may work with is interested in learning more about the work that has been completed so far, please visit the Strategic Planning webpage: HERE
"Spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm." John Muir
Contributions: Patty Guitron, Sal Breiter, Michele Lebleu Burns, Julie Keiffer-Lewis, Nina Van, Mallory Newell, Lydia Hearn and Marisa Spatafore

Editor: Jayme Brown

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